Anyone thinking about redecorating can use all the ideas he or she can get. Even with a reasonably clear concept of how you want a project to look at completion, decorating, like cooking, often ends up being more art than science. Having ideas at the ready can be like having a fully stocked cupboard. Starting with a guideline and then adding a pinch of this and a dash of that can bring unexpected and surprisingly pleasant results.
Home decorating ideas can come from anywhere. If you haven’t torn a picture out of a magazine you were browsing while waiting to see the dentist, doctor or hair dresser, you are most certainly in the minority. And whether or not you’ve bought anything from a Sears or IKEA catalog in recent years, you’ve probably gotten inspiration from the old catalogs you’ve had laying around.
If not, you’re missing a great opportunity. And what’s really great nowadays is the fact that, even if you don’t have a recent catalog, it’s almost certainly available online in all of its full-color glory. The time, money and professional decorating help that goes into the artwork in these catalogs is a virtual treasure trove for anyone looking to design or furnish literally any space.
For those of us that are more tactile or need to feel of the electricity of the moment to inspire our decorating juices, a visit to a large furniture store (especially the large chains like IKEA) is invaluable. I’m personally amazed at how incredibly livable the displays at my local IKEA seem to be. In fact, there’s that whimsical part of my brain that halfway expects to get running water when I test the spigots in the bathroom and kitchen displays.
Browsing through the boutique and smaller furniture and decorating sites online can be catch as catch can, but there are some gems if you have the time and patience to scope them out. Although most people think that only pictures will provide ingredients when searching for decorating ideas, a decorating concept not previously thought of can conjure up a very real picture in the mind of someone looking for just the right idea for a room in their home. Sometimes just the change of perspective offered by a good writer with a concept like “functional storage in your bedroom” can do the trick.
Because everyone is so busy and things are so expensive, it can be easy to forget that redecorating or remodeling is supposed to be an enjoyable activity. Even though we know conceptually that we’ll be happy with the end result, the idea process often gets treated like just another task we have to get through to attain the decorating look and feel we ultimately want. This is probably unavoidable to an extent in our advertising-driven, instant-gratification society. But taking one’s time, getting input from everywhere and anywhere and allowing our decorating plan to unfold naturally can lead to less stress, more enjoyment and an overall better result.