Where to find interior design inspiration

The interior design, or decoration, that we use in our homes is instrumental for ensuring that we’re happy in the spaces. Everything from our paint choices to our furniture picks can help to inject personality and make sure that our homes feel like our own. You could say, then, that getting this just right is a pretty vital part of the homemaking process.

Luckily, we often tend to have some idea of the styles we’d like before we even start. We make Pinterest boards of our favourite style choices for example, which can help us to plan out the way that we’d like a room to look. (If you’re not following me on Pinterest yet, you can see my boards here.)

Image taken by me at Chelsea Flower show a few years ago. Design of garden by House of Fraser.

Sometimes, though, certain rooms stump our interior antennas. It may be that you can’t see what your spare room could be for example. If you’ve got a room which is causing these problems, it’s important you get to work finding the inspiration which keeps escaping you. Luckily for you, I’m here to share my three top tips for getting your creative juices flowing.

1.Fill your head with plenty of ideas

Sometimes, a lack of decor inspiration comes about due to nothing more than an absence of ideas. It may be that you don’t actively seek decor ideas, or that you haven’t come across any you like. As a rule, the more decor inspiration you look for, the better chance you have of getting the home you want. If you’re stumped for ideas, it’s crucial you look to various resources. Pinterest is probably your best bet here, as it has expansive pins detailing any decor you could imagine. Interior design programmes could also give you that lightbulb moment. Even paying attention in friend’s houses could do the trick. The main thing is to open your mind, and inspiration should soon come flooding.

2. Start with a blank canvas

This next tip may seem pretty drastic, but bear with me on this one! Sometimes, the way a room is laid out once it is filled with our furniture etc, can stop us from envisioning the way it could be. If that’s your trouble, it’s worth stripping things back to a blank canvas. Move your furniture out if you can, or put it in a storage unit like those offered by Easy Store for the time being. If you really want to go for it, strip your walls and take up your carpet. This option does, admittedly, mean a fair bit of disruption but you’ll be amazed how much those ideas start flowing when they aren’t overwhelmed by an established style.

Image via Photo by Taelynn Christopher on Unsplash

3. Never underestimate testers

If you’re struggling to imagine something, getting the right tester could help you. Whether it’s paint, wallpaper, or strips of carpet, testers can get your thoughts flowing, especially if you put them onto that blank canvas we were just speaking about. If you have a general idea of colours, then, get out and get buying as many samples as you can. With a bit of luck, one of them will lead to the inspiration that you’ve been lacking.

Remember that if you would like any specific advice for a room, or set of rooms in your home, I offer an online design service. My prices start at just £99 for an online consultation, where we can chat via the phone or face to face using a communication platform, such as Skype. I’m very good at working around my clients needs and technology experience in this respect so please don’t be put off if you haven’t used video conferencing before. We can work around it! You can find out more about my design packages by clicking this link here.

Here’s what one of my most recent clients had to say about my work:

I can highly recommend Claire Parkin. She totally got me, my style and my budget and came up with my dream bathroom! Mrs Botto, Hampshire.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch and let’s get planning your dream home!


Please note that this is a collaborative post.

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