April 8th, 2014

Create an Inspiration Board to Help You Decorate

One of the best ways to get started on decorating a new room—or redecorating a space—is to create an inspiration board. You’ll be able to keep track of all the different elements being used, and quickly see how well they work together. You can choose items that have the look and feel you’re going for, even if they’re not exactly what you’ll be purchasing, or you can be more practical and only choose things you intend to use.

Find something that you absolutely love, and create an inspiration board around it. If you’re going for a practical board, it could be a gorgeous rug, fabric for curtains, or an accent chair with a great print. If you’re more interested in creating a mood, your inspiration could be based on a room you like, a favorite photograph, or even a favorite outfit. In my example, I’m going to take a more practical route and create an inspiration board based on a patterned black and white chair. I also added an upholstered bed to complement it.

Starting to create an inspiration board

I like to create my boards in Photoshop, but if you don’t have access to a graphics or photo editing program, you can use free online services like Polyvore, or create a dedicated Pinterest board.

To finish the basic foundation of the room, a neutral taupe hand-loomed rug works well here. Color can be brought in through accessories and paint, and I wanted to add a calming, pretty hue. I found a pale blue quilt and curtains, and then chose Glidden paint’s Soft Blueberry for the paint color. You can keep going from there if you’d like to, choosing additional finishing touches like throw blankets, pillows, art, and other furniture or accessories.

A Bedroom Inspiration Board

If you aren’t sold on the plan as it comes together, you can switch other pieces in and out until you set upon a design you like. Seeing it all together after you create an inspiration board will help guide you as you put a room together, and can even save yourself from the hassle and expense of actually ordering and returning things that don’t quite look right!

I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own