Now that I have a plan set in place, I can allow myself to dream and search for inspiration. It’s always harder designing for yourself. There are just too many things that I like but I needed a place to start. So, I decided I to collect photos of rooms that I love. Seriously you can feel like you are drowning in the endless amounts of inspiration there is to find out there. Where to start?
1. Make a list of the things that you know you like and dislike.
As far as like goes…I knew that I wanted the walls in some version of gray (I really can’t get enough of the color). Well that, and it’s the perfect neutral backdrop for a baby’s room without being pastel. Pastel colors are on the dislike list. They’re just not us.
2. Begin searching for pictures, objects, anything that inspires you.
I began pulling images from the internet. Things I liked whether it was fabric, a chair, a room, anything really. After a while I began to see a consistent color palette that I was drawn to. Can you see it from these photos? Yup. Blue/gray, orange, navy, and some neutrals mixed in.
3. Find an inspiration piece.
Typically when I am designing a room I work off of an inspiration piece. My living room for example, is designed off of my favorite Anthropologie pillow and my love for gray. Well, a while ago I picked up a 1960’s needlepoint of a ship from a thrift store in PA. After bringing it from the living room into the baby’s room I realized this is it, this is my inspiration piece. It has all of the same colors incorporated into it that the photos I pulled from the internet do. Plus it brings in some amazing textures.
From here a theme (and I hesitate to use the term) was born, “vintage nautical”. Themes are great but in places like say, a babies room for instance they can get way out if hand.
Stay tuned next week to see how I carefully carried the theme into a moodboard for baby Smyth.