1. Your Closet: Do not pass go, do not collect $200, just go straight to your closet. Pick out your 5 favorite items, no matter what they might be and lay them on the bed together. They could be underpants, a handbag, a piece of outerwear, a pair of shoes or even a scarf. Something that you feel the most fabulous in even if it's not a bright color. Decide why you love it, texture, feel, color, pattern and then discern what you can glean from them to reflect that same comfortable and beautiful feeling into your lifeless space.
2. Bookshelf: As much as we'd like to say we don't choose a book based on it's cover, that doesn't mean we don't take it into consideration…even just a little. At the same time, the art of jacket cover designs is a big deal and many artists get paid a great deal amount of money to spend lots of energy to make them attract you to them. Pick 5-10 favorites off the shelf at first glance and see what caught your attention. Was it foil printing on the spine? Are there thick stitches in the binding? What about a bright solid block of color instead of a photograph? Just because you like the story inside, doesn't mean the cover doesn't have something to offer too!
3. The Recycling Bin: Like the books above, we might like the product in which a package contains and buy it for it's consumption or use, but it's packaging isn't anything to shy away from. Tropicana has redesigned their logo three times this year alone because people don't like it. People work hard to create things that are eye catching and make you want to buy it, so check out your trash bin or recycling before you take it to the curb to see if there's any inspiration. Even the style of lettering or font used can be used. Clean lines, dark colors with pops of white? What once was a soap bottle, could inspire your entire living room!
4. Photo Album: It's easy to reminisce about days gone by and trips we've taken. Try subtracting colors from beautiful photos you've taken over the years. Choose ones that make you feel great and warm and fuzzy and see what you can pull. A shadow color here, a bright highlight there, a pop of rich reds or blues that make you think of that special sunset or ocean you visited on your honeymoon.
5. The Refrigerator: Aside from the times where we end up cooking a meal that is all the same color (macaroni and cheese, breadsticks and roasted cauliflower anyone?) the food you consume can be a great place to start. In my own fridge the flavors I love are often colors I love as well. Cilantro and the bright kelly green. Winter squash and their orange and yellow hues. Asian noodles that are slightly transparent and still a little white. Take a look at what you're eating and see if there's anything that repeats. Just please don't walk into the paint counter and hold out a pizza and ask them to "design a room around this."
Where do you gain inspiration from in your own home? Let us know in the comments below!