During lockdown, thousands of us have started to become bored with the same four walls and have decided to give our homes a little bit of a makeover as a result. But home design is such a personal thing and there are so many styles, colours and patterns to pull from. With so much to sift through, it can sometimes feel a little daunting to see the wood for the trees and settle on that inspiring idea. Interior design inspiration can come at any time and from anywhere, as long as you know where to look for it.

Instead of relying on your own ideas to sort themselves out though, it’s only natural to look to the world around you for a little help. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few of the places you might want to spend some time looking to kickstart that creativity.

Travel

Look to different cultures and examine the fabrics they use and how they use them. Certain design tricks have been picked up and expanded upon by certain cultures. Take the layering of the Mediterranean, for example, or the minimalist designs of Sweden that have taken the rest of the world any storm thanks to the success of IKEA. It’s all about pulling the best bits from other cultures and transposing them into your own situation. You might not find the best fitted kitchen ideas in National Geographic, of course, but there’s no reason why you can’t copy of little of the flair and style of your favourite vacations spots.

Social Media

Pinterest and Instagram, in particular, are absolutely swimming in posts from all over the world, some from famous interior designers and others simply from social influencers trying to get their faces and their tastes out there. Social media is the best Laplace to look for inspiration if remaining current and ‘on-trend’ is important to you.

Magazines

While social media is a much more modern and flexible source of inspiration, there is something to be said for the immediacy of flicking through a magazine and seeing something you can’t wait to try in your own home. They don’t even necessarily need to be home design magazines either. You can take ideas from just about anywhere, whether it’s the colour schemes, the textures or the patterns.

If all else fails, see how the professionals have done it!

Many interior designers will have extensive online portfolios of some of their best work. There is no law that you can’t have a look through these esteemed pieces of work and find some ideas that you can use yourself in your own exotic interior designs. For garden inspiration, meanwhile, visit gardens that are open to the public and take photos for lasting inspiration. You’ll soon find yourself with a healthy reserve of ideas ready to get started on your own masterpiece

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