Make Your Home Inspiring

23 Jun

Adapted from under author Kristie Barnett

Most of us want to create a home that guests will admire — but have you ever thought about decorating your home to inspire? If you’re not sure what I mean, have a look at these ideas to make the spaces in your house more inspiring to all those who enter.

modern dining room by Robbins Architecture

When a fabulous library shares space with a previously underused dining room, guests will be inspired to take a fresh look at their own underused spaces. Dining rooms and formal parlors can be lonely rooms, but they can come alive again when filled with amazing books.
contemporary family room by Jeffers Design Group

Painting moody or vivid colors on the backs of shelving can highlight books and art objects.  Unusual and unexpected groupings of furniture like the one here can inspire conversation and deep thoughts in those who spend time  in this room.
contemporary dining room by Vendome Press

Using bold paint colors and unexpected color combinations can embolden you to take risks and step out of your decorating comfort zone.   Think of the exhilarating conversation that must take place in this dining room. As my mother always said, there are no decorating police, so don’t handcuff yourself  by making the same color and decor choices as your neighbors.
traditional living room by Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist

Displaying amazing art is another way to inspire those who enter your space.  In this Nashville, Tennessee, client’s home, I grouped frames with different detailing but the same finish to make her art collection cohesive but not boring.
contemporary dining room The Upward Bound House by Vanessa De Vargas

Groupings of collected items or photography elevate the individual items displayed — the grouping itself is artful!  I love how these inexpensive framed photos, mirror and coral tray look together in this inspired wall grouping.
traditional living room by Janie K. Hirsch, ASID

This space is inspiring for a variety of reasons. The bold choice of wall color, unexpected flooring finish, beautiful baby grand piano and impressive art all arouse the imagination.
eclectic bedroom by Dayka Robinson

I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to install an actual inspiration board. Use one or more to collect photos, words and ideas to motivate and encourage you and your family.
eclectic home office by Saus Design

You can even make your own inspiration board with some colored electrical or duct tape on your wall, like in this photo.
traditional  by My Sweet Savannah
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Posted by on June 23, 2012 in Design


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