The best sources of inspiration for your home design/renovation.
And here we are again at Sweet blog, the sweetest blog online. The place that connects all lovers of the 'home concept' for its extensive interpretations.
And today, we will take a walk with you to one of the most hidden places within our soul - the place from which we draw inspiration.
'How is this related to the 'home concept?' you must be asking.
Well, it is well connected because we all look from time to time for new sources of inspiration for redesigning our home, But like most of us, we don't quite know where to draw inspiration from. And quite often, we get "stuck" and don't understand how to create something new and refreshing. By the way, Here you can read more about why inspiration matters so much in other areas of life.
Here are two quotes regarding inspiration that symbolize two different types:
One is attributed to Frida Kahlo:
"I am my own muse."
The second is associated with nick cave:
"Most people wait for the muse to turn up. That's terribly unreliable. I have to sit down and pursue the muse by attempting to work".
Each of these quotes represents a different type of personality. And for you to get the most out of this article, you must first understand which one appeals to you more.
Are you a person who finds his inspiration within himself without needing external aids, or is it the environmental stimulus that helps you find inspiration?
Once you figure out your type, It will be much easier to navigate and find the ideal sources of inspiration.
Therefore, this article will review the ideal sources of inspiration to help you renew something within your home.
And as always, at the end of the article, there will be a refreshing infographic presentation to summarize its content for you.
Let's dive in.
1. Natural physical environment.
Jules Renard once said:
"On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it."
The first source from which you can draw inspiration for new home design ideas is closer than you think - just go outside for a short walk and do nothing but observe silently what is revealed before you. You will be amazed to hear how much a simple walk in nature can contribute to increasing your inspiration.
A common mistake in this regard is proactively urging a sense of inspiration. Please don't do it!
Just walk slowly and calmly And embrace what comes to your mind without intending to interfere with it or change anything.
Let things flow naturally, and if you received a sense of inspiration that will help you with your home design - well done. And if not - no big deal. Try again tomorrow.
Our exhausting internal dialogue with our thoughts is the number one cause of blocking all sources of creativity/freshness.
By the way, if you are lucky enough to be inspired by something - write it down. The most special insights tend to fade away very quickly.
Get outside and get some fresh air
By the way, please don't mistake our words and think we are aiming for a trip to wild nature or some inspiring location. Even a simple walk in the park or on your street will do the trick. The guiding principle is to leave your familiar area toward slightly different sights/smells. By doing so, your sense of inspiration will increase, and thus, you will get ideas that will help you with your home design.
2. Technological means.
After discussing the natural things that can help you find design inspiration for your home, it's time to step safely into the twenty-first century and talk about the real deal - technology.
Besides the fact that technology has a significant influence on the world of interior design, It is well-established that the variety of technological sources from which you can draw inspiration and technical assistance for the design/renovation of your home is nothing less than enormous.
Before we start with the obvious technological means -Software - it is important to point out that although there is no doubt that they will help you in finding inspiration for your home design, still, their primary purpose is technical and practical assistance and not a 'pure' source of inspiration.
'So why do we even mention them?', You must be asking.
Well, Despite their technical characteristics - which can help in the practical aspect - while you "play" with them, inspiration can pop out of the blue into your mind without you noticing how it even happened. That's why we chose to include the design software category here.
Although some of them may require you to have a prior technical/technological background, Rest assured, they are worth the effort you will have to invest in understanding them fully.
Some with a free plan and some paid.
The best (in our humble opinion) of the free ones are:
Sweet Home 3D.
Our picks from those that cost money:
Virtual architect ultimate home design.
TurboFloorPlan Home & Landscape.
Software is a highly effective tool!
In addition to the tools mentioned above, there are other platforms whose primary purpose is to help spark inspiration.
The best one is Pinterest, a social network that will feed your creativity as no one else can.
Behance and Siteinspire are also worth mentioning in this context.
You won't find a rule of thumb here. Try them all, and whatever works best for you - stick to it.
3. Our fellow humans.
The most familiar source of inspiration is other human beings.
Talking to friends and family, and consulting with them about how they see things, is an excellent tool for drawing inspiration.
Let's assume you have applied Paragraphs one and two in some way. Now it's time to buy one of your best friends a cup of coffee (or a cup of hot chocolate, don't be petty) and talk with him about the design ideas that you already had but were not sufficiently established. Now hear what they have to say about them. You will be surprised to hear how much another person's point of view can help you refine your idea to reach practical insights.
Human inspiration is not limited to physical discourse alone. The virtual space can also help you in this regard.
You can consult and get inspiration in various forums/blogs where you will hear the opinions of many people who know a thing or two about the field of home design.
Get inspired by human conversation
This paragraph's guiding principle is using the human factor as a quality source of inspiration for your home design/renovation.
Sometimes, a little advice from another person can open up new ways of thinking that you never even thought of.
By the way, An essential tip in this regard is openness. Be attentive and humble, Don't think you have all the answers.
We assure you that you will get great ideas by doing so.
Be open-minded. What have you got to lose?
Except for a cup of coffee.
4. Dive in.
After we have discussed the external sources of inspiration (natural environment\technology\people), it is time to dive inward - into ourselves.
Refreshing ideas and insights tend to arrive at slightly odd times. They will mainly crawl into your mind when you are calm and peaceful.
Most of you probably know that feeling when you're driving on a highway, and you're almost on autopilot and relatively relaxed, and all of a sudden interesting thoughts and new insights pop into your mind. The examples are countless, but the guiding principle is that the calmness and distraction from dealing with exhausting details, which calms you down, tends to allow inspiration to reach you more simply.
Tools such as meditation and reaching inner peace will help you draw inspiration in general, and design ideas for your home in particular.
For better brainstorming and improved creativity, your mind must be clear. And meditation, for example, is an excellent tool for this. Read more about it here.
Breathe. It will help with your creativity
There is a famous quote attributed to Albert Einstein:
"Creativity is intelligence having fun."
Hand on heart, what's more 'fun' than inner peace?
Try to be present quietly. Do not force any active thought. Be present quietly and think about your ideal home and how you would like it to look. You will be amazed at the amount of inspiration that will flood your mind from reaching that point of inner peace.
By the way, an important tip in this regard is to put a sheet of paper and a pen in front of you, So that when you slowly open your eyes, you can write down some of the things so that you don't forget.
These were the four best sources of inspiration for your home design/renovation.
Take what suits you. Some of you may implement only one, while others find others more relevant.
We built differently, and each has specific things that inspire him.
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