Take A Break In The Middle Of Decorating

[The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles is a great place to take a break.]
We often post about tips for navigating the decorating of your home and how to create a look you love. Although you may be surrounded by boxes if you just moved, paint cans if you are creating a palette or frames and tools if you are trying to hang pictures, put it all down and walk away.

Designing a space is an emotional experience and when you are in the middle of it, take a break. Just leaving your home for 30 minutes can help you reconfirm your design plan or rethink the look. Here are a few things to do to clear your mind.

Go on a walk around your neighborhood or take off to a museum for a few hours. Enjoy the colors + texture in your town and take in what appeals to you most. These inspirations could be reinterpreted in your own space.

Flip through a fashion magazine. Love shelter magazines but often the spreads are staged and seem tough to recreate in real life. Fashion magazines can also inspire design ideas with wonderful color palettes in the clothes and accessories. Spotting your own color palette in say, a fabulous outfit, can simply reconfirm your choice in your home design.

Write a note to a loved one. Take some time and say hello to a loved one or friend via letter. While writing, describe your design ideas and what your goals are in your home. When you are through, read it over. You may be see your ideas in a different light.

Sleep on it! If you are feeling too overwhelmed, take a break by returning to your project after a good night's rest. You will have time to reflect on your space, what it means to you and how you feel in it. In the morning you will feel refreshed and ready to go.

[Photo by Rebecca Orlov.]

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