When you first decide to decorate (or redecorate) a room, it can be overwhelming. You might have too many ideas, with no idea how to narrow them down. Or, you might not have any ideas, with no idea how to start. I’ve been there with both – I currently have way too many ideas for my living room, but I have no clue what I want to do with my master bedroom. In both cases, an inspiration board helps so much!
What’s an inspiration board?
An inspiration board is a collage of images, textures, and colors to help you visualize your ideas. You can cut pictures out of magazines, add fabric samples, or pin images on Pinterest. It doesn’t matter if you have a physical board or a Pinterest board – either way, an inspiration board can help you visualize a room before you ever begin to decorate it.
If you have too many ideas, it can help you sort through them and decide which ones work best together so you can narrow them down. If you don’t have any ideas, it can help you decide what you like the most so you have a start point.
It’s nice to know your decor style before ever starting an inspiration board. Knowing your decor style will help you know what to search for on Pinterest and what magazines to leaf through. After you’ve defined your decor style and have picked a room to decorate, you can start making your inspiration boards.
Using a Pinterest as an inspiration board
Pinterest is great for creating inspiration boards because you can add pictures from all over the internet, without leafing through magazines and cutting out pictures. You can easily create a board for every room and write exactly what you like about each picture in the caption.
Using a physical inspiration board
There’s something special about making a physical inspiration board.
You can go through your favorite magazines and rip out pages. And, you can include different fabrics so you can see how the patterns work together (and how the textures work together). You can also include paint samples to see how the colors will work with the fabric you like.
I have a board on Pinterest for every room in my home, but when it’s time to decorate a room, I switch to a physical inspiration board.
The unintentional benefit of using an inspiration board
I keep my physical inspiration board hanging in our office. My husband doesn’t usually care about what I do to the house, but he’ll take a look at the inspiration board every time I update it or switch it to a different room. He’ll be quick to tell me if he doesn’t love something, but he’s even quicker to tell me when he does like something.
We’re decorating our living room next, so that’s what our inspiration board represents right now. I had already planned on doing a huge clock over the couch – and was thinking of making a shiplap one. One night, my husband told me he loved the clock in one of the pictures on our board – it’s a big industrial clock. Since Drew isn’t often interest in interior decor, I always keep his suggestions in mind, and I’m not on the hunt for the perfect industrial clock!
Inspiration boards are great if you share your house with a significant other or a roommate. Everyone in the house can visualize the room and talk very specifically about what they like and don’t like about each image, fabric sample, or color.
How do you use inspiration boards?