The best sources of inspiration for your home design/renovation.
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Today, we will take a mutual walk to one of the most hidden places within our soul - The place from which we draw inspiration.
'How is this related to home design affairs?' you must be asking.
Well, it's well connected since we all look from time to time for new sources of inspiration for some home refreshment, but we usually don't know where to draw inspiration from. And quite often, we get "stuck" with figuring out how to create something new and refreshing.
Here are two quotes regarding inspiration that symbolize two different types of people:
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 one of those who finds his inspiration within themself without needing external aids, or is it the environmental stimulus that helps you find one?
Once you figure out your type, it will be much easier to navigate and find the ideal sources of inspiration.
As always, later in the article, there will be a refreshing infographic presentation and a video summarizing its content for you.
'The best sources of inspiration for your home design/renovation.'
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 rather silently observe 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, embracing what comes to your mind without intending to interfere or change anything.
Let things flow naturally, and if you are getting some sense of inspiration, helping you with your home design - well done. If not - don't sweat about it. 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 come by surprise and quickly fade away.
Get outside and get some fresh air
Please don't mistake our words and think we aim for a trip to a wild nature or some inspiring location. 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 be stimulated. Thus, Hopefully, you will get ideas that will help you with your home design.
2. Technological Means.
After discussing the natural elements 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 significantly influences 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 mentioning the obvious technological means -Computer software's - it's important to point out that although there is no doubt they will help you find some home design inspiration, their primary purpose is technical/practical assistance and not a 'Pure' source of inspiration.
'So why bother to 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 to your mind without even noticing.
Although some may require a prior technical/technological background, Rest assured, they are worth the effort you will have to invest in fully getting to know them.
Some come with a free plan, and some are paid.
The best (in our humble opinion) of the free ones are:
Our picks from those that cost money:
Software is a highly effective tool!
In addition to the tools mentioned above, there are other platforms whose primary purpose is to help you spark inspiration.
The best one is Pinterest, a social network that will feed your creativity as no one else can.
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.
Suppose you have applied paragraphs one and two in some way.
Now, it's time to buy one of your friends a cup of coffee (or a cup of hot chocolate, don't be petty) to discuss some design ideas you already had but were not sufficiently established.
Listen humbly to what they have to say about your ideas. You will be surprised to hear how much another person's point of view can help you 'purify' your point of view to reach practical insights.
Human inspiration is not limited to physical discourse alone. The virtual space can also help you in your quest.
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 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 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.
Rest assured, 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 discussing the external sources of inspiration (natural environment/technology/people), it's time to dive a bit 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 are probably familiar with that feeling:
You are driving on a highway, almost on 'Autopilot,' relatively relaxed. All of a sudden! out of nowhere, Interesting thoughts/insights pop into your mind.
The examples are countless, but the guiding principle is that relaxation/avoiding dealing with exhausting details - which calms you down - tends to allow a fluid flow of inspiration.
Tools such as meditation and reaching inner peace will help you draw inspiration and discover refreshing design ideas.
By the way, such a serenity room can easily be established right inside your home. There is no doubt about its ability to contribute to your sense of peace, thus leading to a burst of creativity for your home design.
For better brainstorming and improved creativity, your mind must be clear. Meditation, for example, is an excellent tool to do so.
You can read more about it right 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?
Do not force any active thought. Be present quietly and imagine your ideal home and how you would like it to look/feel.
You will be amazed at the amount of inspiration flooding your mind when reaching the point of inner peace.
By the way, an essential tip in this regard is to put a paper and a pen in front of you, so when slowly opening your eyes, you can write down some of the things you 'saw.'
We hope this article - 'The best sources of inspiration for your home design/renovation' - has helped you to some extent. And if you have any more questions on the matter, please feel free to reach out.
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