The best sources of inspiration for your home design/renovation.
And here we are again at Sweet blog, the sweetest blog online. The place 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 in 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 sources of inspiration for redesigning our home or just a regular renovation that will give a renewed spark of life and enthusiasm to our four walls. 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.
Two quotes regarding the concept of inspiration symbolize two different types.
One is attributed to Frida Kahlo:
"I am my own muse, the subject I know best"
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 to be honest, 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 understand your type, it will be much easier for you to navigate and find the ideal sources of inspiration.
Therefore, this article will review the ideal sources of inspiration that will help you whenever you want to renew something in 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 stare in silence at 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 is the urge to raise a feeling of inspiration proactively. Please don't do it!
Just walk slowly and calmly. And just 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 the design of your home - well done to you. 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/freedom/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. This is not our intention - 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 this, your sense of inspiration will increase, and thus you will get ideas that will help you design your home.
2. Technological means.
After discussing the natural aids that will 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 and well known 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 -Softwares - it is important for us 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 source of inspiration.
So why do we mention them? You must be asking.
Despite their technical characteristics, 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, trust us, they are worth the effort you will have to invest in understanding them fully.
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 obviously Pinterest, a social network that will feed your creativity as no one else can.
Behance and Siteinspire are also worth mentioning in this context.
Try them all, and whatever works best for you - stick to it.
3. Our fellow humans.
We now come to perhaps the most familiar source of inspiration - 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 sections one and two in a certain 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 he has to say. 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 a variety of different forums/blogs where you will hear the opinions of many people who know a thing or two in 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 for you 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 can assure you that you will get great ideas if you do this.
Try it. 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, then 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 with yourself quietly. Do not force any active thought, just 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 beside you. So that at the point 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. A particular person may do only one of them, and for another person, precisely the opposite. This is entirely normal. We are built differently, and each has specific things that inspire him.
In conclusion, we hope we have helped you to some extent.
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