Glasgow Property: Where to Find Interior Design Inspiration
If you’ve just moved into a new home and you’re staring at a blank canvas, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to decorating and adding your own style.
You may also find that some pieces are trickier than others because they are too small, too big, or have small quirks.
Finding design inspiration is easy for even the most inexperienced, you just need to know where to look.
Social and online media
There are countless resources online for finding design inspiration, from blogs, Pinterest, interior accounts on Instagram, and companies that specialize in offering interior design services. From people who have taken on massive home improvement projects to hobbyist DIYers looking to develop their skills, you’ll find a style that matches yours, or even pushes your ambition.
Various social media platforms have great ways to keep track of all your ideas and styles you like. With Pinterest, you can create boards for every room in your home and “pin” images and posts you like from other accounts to keep them all together. You can then refer to your chart when shopping or ordering samples. With Instagram, you can follow accounts that have styles that inspire you or even those who are on the same design journey. You can also find testimonials from people who have properties similar to yours so you can see how they have been renovated or restored.
YouTube is a great resource if you’re looking for DIY tips, with plenty of helpful guides ranging from experts to those who learn as you go, just like you. Try wall panels or try your hand at color blocking, or even advice on how to upcycle furniture – there’s a video for it all.
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From the number of TV shows, we’re all obsessed with everything home, from DIY to architecture and design. No matter what interests you, whether it’s looking for inspiration to decorate your room or building your own home from scratch, there’s a show for you. From Grand Designs to George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, and even the return of our favorite 90s makeover show, Changing Rooms.
If you’re struggling to style your home, we recommend Interior Design Masters, which follows the journey of several amateur interior designers and various challenges each week. Think Bake Off but for interior decoration. Not to mention our favourite, House of the Year in Scotland. It’s not just a great show for design ideas and getting a glimpse of people’s homes, it’s also a great tour across Scotland.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be a makeover show to inspire you, you can even take ideas from your favorite show. Like Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe closet or Monica and Rachel’s purple living room.
Friends and family
Inspiration can be much closer to home if you visit the homes of friends and family. You might find that they have a similar style to yours or have dabbled in DIY projects that they could give you advice on. People like to brag about recent bargains and give recommendations, so bring a notepad and pen. You might want to avoid completely copying their house and risk a huge falling out!
New show homes will have been designed to show their full potential, so why not trust the experts? Next time you have a free day, why not visit new developments near you and visit show homes? You can even ask the seller where the items were purchased.
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Many of the latest interior trends are inspired by the fashion industry, and vice versa. Among the trendiest patterns, the most popular accessories and colors, you may find that the best ideas are hiding in your wardrobe. Trends come and go, just like fashion, so don’t be afraid to look back a few years or even a few decades. Don’t throw away old furniture, give it new life instead. Don’t throw away that old Persian rug. Just because it doesn’t fit in one room doesn’t mean it can’t find its place elsewhere in the house.
Talk to friends and family about the vibe you’re trying to achieve and if they have any old furniture hidden away in a warehouse that could move in with you. The misfortune of some is the happiness of others.
Design is all about experimentation, so be bold with colors, patterns and textures. Play with illusions by enlarging pieces with horizontal stripes; make rooms appear longer with solid walls and bring elements of nature indoors with wooden slats, woven rugs and plants.
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