Do you ever find yourself in a design rut… nothing seems to inspire you… you feel bored, maybe even a little blue?
In the world of design and style, staying inspired is the most important tool we have. If our visual data bank is “on low” you will find it more challenging to decorate rooms, put together outfits, even host a dinner party.
Staying inspired does require time and sometimes a little investment. But the payoff is huge. If you have a visual databank that is full, design ideas and general inspiration will always be at your fingertips!
Here are a few things I like to do to stay inspired:
Visit as many art galleries as you can. Art inspires our eye to think outside of the box and evokes emotional responses that are key to creating good design. Try booking a day to visit local galleries or check online if your city or town is having an upcoming art walk or fair.
Go for LONG walks. Nature will always inspire you. Nature can provide us with some of the best colour palettes and design ideas out there. And just the action of walking and being outside will put you in a better mood inspiring creativity!
Catch a flick! Movie sets and design always inspire, my fave flicks to watch when I am feeling low on design juice include “Auntie Mame”, Towering Inferno, Marie Antoinette and the party.
Take a trip, yes a vacation can be expensive but the value of getting out and seeing new things is enormous. When touring a new city, pop into all the fabulous design hotels and restaurants, even if you just take a peak you will gather a bunch of new design ideas and concepts. I spend the weekend checking out the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills and found so many wonderful ideas to borrow!
Janette Ewen has been one of Canada’s leading décor and lifestyle experts for more than a decade, passing on her passion for design and fashion to avid fans through magazines, newspapers and television.
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