One of the first things we do when meeting with a new client is ask them to send us pictures of things that they are drawn to. Sharing Pinterest boards and clipped inspo is the most important step to getting to know a client’s personal style.
If we could give anyone advice who is just dipping their toes into the world of design, it would be to start gathering images of rooms that speak to you. We promise that you will start to see a pattern develop and maybe even find repetitive pieces or light fixtures appearing in your inspo collection.
Honing in on a few small details such as lighting or a particular style console or sectional that you are drawn to will help you anchor the space around one piece that you know you love. Breaking it down this way is helpful for someone without a lot of experience. Pay attention to the textiles you are drawn to in photos as well. Do you like bold patterns or a muted color palette?
Are neutrals where it is at for you? Personally, we love to use a neutral base sofa and layer in color with pillows and accessories so that you can change it up easily as trends change. If you find yourself drawn to lots of images that feature bold colorful upholstery then you are probably someone who should choose a fun fabric that will really make you happy and then build your other pieces around that.
Of course, we are huge fans of using Instagram to find your style as well. Follow designers that you love and note what it is that makes you happy when you look at their work. Magazines like Architectural Digest and Luxe are great accounts to follow as they feature some of the world’s most beautiful homes and are a great place to get inspired.
Good design doesn’t have to be expensive but it should be both super functional and give you all the feels when you sit in the room. If you’re going to take the time (and money) to redesign your space, do it deliberately and you’ll have a space you can enjoy for years to come.