As an Interior Designer, One of the most frequently asked questions by clients is “what if I don’t know my style?” It makes sense when your current home is not exactly showcasing your desired aesthetic and you are influenced by all different types of designs on social media.
Creating a pinterest board can help the design process, and you! If you don’t have an initial design style that you relate to or feel like you connect with many different aesthetics, pulling inspiration images will help you decipher which design style you actually want to experience in your own space.
With inspiration imagery, we are better able to bring the aspirations for your home to life. When pinning, you don’t have to like everything in the picture but be sure and note what is drawing you to the space. Is it a specific piece or a feeling you get when imagining yourself in a space like that? I find it’s much easier to explain to an interior designer what your style is through photos than words. The term modern or transitional can mean very different things to different people so using images cuts back on ideas that would get lost in translation.
Once you’ve collected images for each part of your home, start to sift through them and see if you can find a common thread. Your interior designer will probably be able to spot this thread from a mile away so don’t worry if you aren’t able to just yet. If you’re designing a kitchen, do you notice all of your photos have a dark island and light perimeter cabinets or is every image you’ve saved that of a white kitchen? If you are a white kitchen lover, it’s best to refer back to these images in times of distraction (hello dark and moody kitchen) and remind yourself of what you naturally gravitate towards.
It’s easy to feel pulled in many different design directions but using your inspiration images as your true north will help you stay on the path to a beautifully designed home tailored specifically to you!