Influences on Home Design

Can’t find the right inspirations for your home design? Maybe you’re just looking in the wrong places. Design influences can be found literally in every corner, from your window to your old shoe cabinet. The trick is to find something you really like-not for its value or rarity, but how it makes you feel. Here are some places you can look to get that much-needed creative kick.

Art. They say your choice of art is the best measure of your personal taste, because you choose it solely based on its looks. So go visit your local gallery and see what styles you are most drawn to. Do you tend to favor light pastel colors? Maybe a traditional American home is best for you. Are you attracted to earthy themes and sculptures? Consider a country or Asian home-the natural elements will perfectly suit your tastes.

Colors. According to designer Gerard Marin, color is your best friend when it comes to home decorating. Many bland homes can get an instant lift with just a splash of color on one wall. Choose a color you can live with for a long while and that can adapt to different trends as needed. Use different shades of it to add texture, or accent it with contrasting colors.

Kitchen styles. The kitchen is the busiest part of the home, so it can set the tone for your home in general. If you have a sleek modern kitchen, the style can be applied to adjacent rooms for a more unified theme. You don’t have to recreate it everywhere, simply repeat the key elements outside the kitchen. Look into different kitchen design influences and find one that will work for the rest of your home.

Fashion. Often, what’s in style on the runway is also the trend in home design. But that doesn’t mean you have to go all modern and avant-garde when you’re more on the practical side, or vice versa. Take a look at your wardrobe and decide which outfits best represent your style. Light, flowery pieces may mean you’re into breezy interiors, and lots of black may mean you want an edgy modern home.