To see what sparks your interest, look up, down and all around.
Every time you pass through your kitchen, you get the itch to renovate. The countertops, faucet, flooring and cabinets are crying out to be refreshed. You’re excited about the prospect of starting from scratch with a whole new look, but it can feel overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. If you need inspiration for your design plan, here are some places you might not have considered. Remember to bring your camera along to document your favorite ideas.
Talk a Walk in Nature
Designers at Delta Faucet find inspiration everywhere, and you can, too. Spend time at a local botanical garden or nature trail and notice what colors and textures jump out at you. Delighted by the orange fish in a koi pond or the dreamy blue sky over a favorite lake? Digging the bark of a particular tree or the grain pattern of a wooden footbridge? The elements that captivate you most will help you determine your personal style.
Tour Interesting Homes Around Town
Most towns have historic buildings and homes. If they’re open to the public, these spaces can inspire and inform your next project. Look for local landmarks or cultural neighborhoods to uncover unique aesthetics and inspiration. Snap a photo of any décor you like as a reference to use when you shop for items to emulate the look.
Admire the Style of Your Hotel Room
Here is another fantastic trend that makes it easy to discover what you love: Hotel rooms have become “shoppable” show rooms at places like 21c Museum Hotels (locations nationwide). These chic spaces feature art, furniture, fixtures and linens that you can enjoy for a night and then order for your own home. The beautifully styled room you admired on vacation can now be replicated, right down to the placement of the furniture.
Check Out an Open House
You’ve driven past that gorgeous Victorian gingerbread house on your way to work a thousand times and have always wondered what it looks like on the inside. Open houses and home tours, especially popular around the holidays, are your opportunity to peep on the décor and stylings of homes in your town. If the owners are present, you can ask where they got that gorgeous chandelier or beverage cart.
Consult with a Designer
Do you feel as though you could use professional input on how to style your home? Want to know which kitchen floor plan might work best for your space? Some interior designers are available for quick consultations and can give you a fantastic starting point. You’ll benefit from the designer’s experience and come away with a more solid idea of how your project should look when finished.
A Beautiful World Is Waiting
Now that you know how and where to find inspiration, you’ll have lots of ideas at the ready for your next home renovation or remodel. Pay attention to your reaction to different styles and settings—your heart will flutter when you see something you love. Inventive and creative uses of space can easily be translated into your home, so keep your eyes peeled for your next design muse.