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gather your inspiration
This is the fun part! It’s time to spend some
time gathering inspiration for your project. By
gathering inspiration, you can learn a lot about
your own style and the mood/tone you want in
your room.
My two favorite sites to gather inspiration from
are Houzz and Pinterest. I recommend browsing
both. Read on for more detailed tips for each
I recommend setting up an “ideabook” named
after the room you are working on. Then save
images of rooms that inspire you until your
heart’s content.
Here’s a peek at my kitchen “ideabook” from
Houzz is a great way to search for images of
entire rooms that you are drawn to. Houzz
contains more than 15 million high-resolution
interior and exterior home images tagged and
organized according to style and room/space.
You get tons of GORGEOUS results that are sure
to get your creative juices flowing. For example,
my recent search for “industrial kitchen” gave me
over 12,000 results. I typically browse from my
desktop computer, but there is also an app that
is free for iPhone and Android users.
And your ability to narrow search results is
incredible. I can sort my industrial kitchen results
by the kitchen layout! This is incredibly useful for
anyone who knows that they will be working
with a particular layout. After all, who wants
to fall in love with L-shaped kitchen ideas that
won’t work at all in their galley kitchen, right?!
The options for filtering your results are endless.
For kitchens, I can further narrow by backsplash
color, countertop material, number of islands,
floor material, etc. It’s AH-MAZING.
By setting up a free account, as you browse, you
can save your favorites to your “ideabook.”
Pinterest is not my favorite place to search for
entire room inspiration, but I love it when I know
there is something specific I want to address or
include in the room. So, I essentially use Pinterest
as a design search engine, and you can, too!
If you don’t already use Pinterest, you can easily
create a free account. I recommend creating a
specific board and naming it after the room you
are working on to pin all of your favorite ideas to.
Then use the search bar at the top of Pinterest to
look for specific features, such as “window seat”
or “built-in bookshelves.” As you find results that
you love, pin them to your room board.

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