Decorating Inspiration and Ideas

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Finding the Inspiration to Create Your Home Sanctuary

It may sound clichEd, but there is truth to the saying regarding your home being your castle. Not only is it your castle, though, but it's also your safe place, the place where you can be yourself and recharge your batteries. Since your home is such an important environment, how do you come up with the design inspiration to create your perfect retreat?

A great starting place for the decorating inspiration process is to draw ideas from nature and the outdoors. Carve out some quiet time to think and to reminisce: where are the places that nurture your soul, feed your senses, and provide you with contentment? Now think further about the details that make up your special places; can you define the colors, shapes, and patterns that are a part of these environments?

Once you have identified many of the pieces that contribute to your special places in nature, you can translate these into design ideas for your home that will resonate with your soul. For instance, if your special place in nature is by the seashore, you can evoke the same feeling in your home by incorporating nautical decor as interior design inspiration. Think model yachts, oars, porthole mirrors, and perhaps even a boat bookcase. Don't forget to use color as design inspiration, too. If you choose the calming blues and greens of the ocean in combination with the tan hues of warm sand, this can effortlessly call up the feeling of being relaxed at the beach as you listen to the soothing sounds of the waves.

Perhaps your favorite places in nature lean more toward mountains and forests. If this speaks to you, consider incorporating the rich beauty of natural wood into your design ideas. Furniture carved from wood is a clear choice in this type of interior design, but take this a step further and use wood in the small details that make the room sing, such as decorative panels, brackets, and rosettes. Again, don't neglect the impact that color adds; think rich deep greens, neutral shades of tan and brown, and the occasional sky blue accent, much like glimpsing the blue sky through the tops of tall evergreen trees.

What if your tastes run more toward the exotic, and you find your senses enlivened when you visit far-away locales with unique landscapes? You can evoke the sense of the exotic in your decorating inspiration by selecting furnishings and accessories that speak of distant lands and cultures, such as hand-painted Oriental jars and bowls, or perhaps a sparkling Venetian glass mirror is more to your taste.

You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much your home environment nurtures and refreshes you when you use the magnificence of nature and the out-of-doors for your interior design inspiration


Make your home awe inspiring! Make it yours!
It was a dark and gloomy night. As I sat in my sitting room listening to the rain on the shutters, I looked around. The curtains, tattered and torn, hung over the shabby couch. Lackluster furniture filled the room, illuminated by a single, dim bulb from the fixture in the center of the room... read more on how create an inspiring home >>


Make Your Home an Inviting Home!
The holidays are coming! And winter is here now (well, we've got snow now and therefore our outdoor living is over until March). My thoughts are turning toward making my home a little nicer to be in. If you know me, you know that home lighting is a BIG thing with me. When I wired the electric for my living room, I designed the lighting and the lighting fixtures to be in very specific areas of the room. I intend to do it with all my rooms.... read more on how create an inviting home decor >>


Home Office: where functionality and creativity come together
Most people will tell you that they view the chance to work from home as a treat. Just think, no need to drive to and from the office every day, and no need to dress up in a special work wardrobe. But it's not enough to have a home office that contains simply the tools necessary to complete your work-related tasks. The many hours you'll spend in your home office should be pleasant and enjoyable, so take the time to design a work space that is truly a reflection of your personality... read more on ideas for home office >>


Home improvements with class
We are just about to get classy here. The internet is a fun place to be. You are able to find just about anything you need or want. Do you have problems with home improvements that aren't making your house look all that great? If you live in a rural area like we do, maybe there just is no place that has the type of decorating ideas that you want to use. Perhaps you haven't started improvements yet because you simply cannot find that "just right" item to set your home apart from your friends, family and neighbors... read more on home improvement inspiration >>


Creating a memorable home entrance
The entrance to a home shouldn't be an afterthought. Much more than just a doorway into the home, it's a welcoming expression of the owner's style. Your home's entry conveys a great deal of information about you and your tastes. Not only is it the place where your home's exterior transitions to the interior, but it also provides the first glimpse that visitors have into your home itself, and we all know that first impressions are critical. There's never a chance to make another first impression, so ensure that your home's entrance depicts the statement that you want it to make....read more about how to create a memorable home entrance >>


Making a house feel like home
About two months ago we moved into our new house. We love our new house and can't say enough good things about our neighborhood. There are so many things that make this house just feel like we were always meant to be here. These feelings are in stark contrast to how we felt while living in our old house and neighborhood... When we purchased our previous home we new from the start that we would not be living there for more than 5-10 years. This very much impacted what and how we chose to decorate our house....read more on how to make a house feel like home >>