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6 Home Design Inspirations

Choosing a theme or an idea for your home designing project can be quite challenging especially if you don’t know what to choose or how to start. To make the selection process easier, these things can serve as inspirations – model rooms, magazines, art pieces, fashion, fabrics, and international culture.
6 Home Design Inspirations

Most people think they can design a home on their own, but few of them actually do. In fact, many don’t even get past the planning stage: after a few days of going through various designs, they can’t make a choice and just give up. But once you get over that stage, it all gets easier—it becomes a matter of choosing, purchasing, and arranging everything to suit your selected style.

But how do you settle on a theme for your home? What if you like the sleekness of modern design but also the warmth and comfort of the traditional? The key is not to think in themes, but in concepts. Start with an element you like and build the rest of your home around it, whether or not you’re following a theme. That way, everything will work together and your preferences will stay intact.

You don’t have to consult an interior designer to find an inspiration for your home design. Here are some places you could look for ideas.

1. Model rooms. Developers design their model units to make them more attractive. Look at the way they play up the room’s best features, such as a large window or a wide floor space. You could use these tricks to highlight the same features in your room, or compensate for flaws such as size or ceiling height. Take a tour of home developments near you and see how they’ve been decorated. This will give you an idea of the current trends—you don’t have to follow them, but they’ll be useful when you’re really stuck.

2. Magazines. Interior design magazines are always up to date when it comes to design trends and costs. This can come in handy when you’re working on a budget or working towards a specific theme. You don’t have to follow the exact designs—that would be difficult, not to mention expensive—but it should give you an idea of what would work and what wouldn’t. If you want to imitate the design but can’t afford the furnishings, you can always find cheaper alternatives to the items on display.

3. Art pieces. Visit a local museum or gallery and see which pieces you are most attracted to. Your choice in art can be a great indicator of which home designs will work for you. That’s because you choose art not because of its function or price, but because of its visual appeal. If you’re drawn to simple, solid-colored pieces, a traditional or minimalist style might work for you. If landscapes and cityscapes are more your thing, you may want an outdoor-themed home with a sunroom, porch, patio, or other natural element.

4. Fashion. How you dress is a great way to tell which styles you can live with most comfortably. If you prefer comfort over style, a country home might be right for you. Country themes focus on a homey, cozy feel perfect for lounging around on those lazy days. If suits and trousers are more your thing, you may be most comfortable in a modern home with all the trimmings for convenience. If you don’t have a fixed fashion style, you can browse through fashion magazines and see which styles appeal to you the most.

5. Fabrics. Often, an interesting piece of fabric becomes the starting point for the design project. Many designers find a color or pattern that may be good to work with, and end up designing an entire home based on it. Visit a fabric store near your home and look for a pattern you like. Be sure to view them both up close and about ten feet away, as they can look different from various points. Even if you already have a theme in mind, you can always find new ideas you wouldn’t have thought of on your own.

6. International culture. Americans can be rather limited when it comes to design ideas. Sure, we’ve all seen Japanese and Spanish colonial homes, but there’s a lot more to be explored. Middle Eastern houses, for example, are very grand and colorful, a great fit for large families in the suburbs. If you’re looking for something open but sturdy, Chinese and Vietnamese homes might be good for you.