Sometimes I run out of steam when it comes to decorating. Typical fatigue factors for me include running out of time, money and a general lack of enthusiasm and energy. Sound familiar? Do any of you have neglected rooms out there that are just crying for some much needed attention? Here are a few ways that I get out of my design funk and that just might help you get your design mojo going too.
Use the resources at your finger tips:
Since a fair amount of us are in front of computers it is easy to draw some inspiration from the World Wide Web itself. Start with the design shelter magazine galleries for inspirations (House & Home, Style at Home, Elle Décor ). I like to pop over to great photo sites and online magazines such as Houzz & Lonny . Don’t forget the plethora of design blogs out there that are just brimming with ideas! There are great sites now like Pinterest that allow you to collect and organize your images, not to mention sources of inspiration themselves. Oh and you can always just Google it.
Shop Around Your House or your Mom’s House:
I usually start shopping around my house first to see what I can move and use elsewhere. Maybe a chair needs a new home or some pillows or artwork look better in a new space. You can always pop over to your parents place too and “borrow” a lamp or throw. You know, help them de-clutter. Whatever it is, move it around and try it out in your ignored space…chances are it might look better and bring new life into a tired room.
Create a mood board or hire a decorator to do it:
If you are savvy with PowerPoint or even a pair of scissors start creating a mood board to throw together images of what you like. Creating a virtual space can help to narrow down what you want, like and need. If you are too lazy, there are plenty of affordable designers out there that will ask you a few questions and create one for you. Sometimes you just need someone else’s opinion to get started. Once a mood board is created make a budget and set some timelines and start chipping away at your décor goals.
Get crafty and bust out your inner DIY:
I’m not very crafty at all and well, I barely DIY, but on occasion will attempt it to see where it leads me. Okay it could turn out to be a disaster or maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised and get connected with your inner artist. The point it is that it gets your juices going and sometimes turns into a great laugh.
Decorating for me is a process. Take your time and don’t sweat the small stuff. Sure its nice to have all your spaces ‘done’ but take the time you need to create the space you love.
Use budgets and set small goals to make the process affordable and less daunting and in no time you will create a space with ample character and style.