Finding Unlikely Inspiration

Finding Unlikely Inspiration

Sarah Rae Smith
Jun 16, 2008

Reading magazines and watching all the design shows can be fun and informative, however, it's all too easy to over do it. Sometimes it can be the smallest thing that truly sparks your imagination and keeps your design fresh, simple and totally you.
We are told so often what to think and what to buy that we forget to stretch our creative muscles. Here's a challenge that will help to hone in on your own sense of style:

This game can be played in a variety of ways depending on your location. Maybe you have a plethora of specialty design stores or independent craft stores to pull ideas from and maybe you don't. Whatever the case may be, use what you have to help influence you.
To show how this can be done in the smallest of towns, all the shopping has been done at an abundant big box store.

To start, find something small and seemingly inconsequential that catches your eye. For instance, a pack of AA Batteries.
Looking at the batteries and their packaging objectively, decipher some of the things it has to offer. Colors, shapes, textures, line weight and text style are all possibilities to repeat in your finished space.

Now take those elements and begin the hunt (Safari hat optional).

A black rug brings texture to the room and gives the other colors a blank slate to stand out against. The same goes for the sheets and bed spread with it's simple patterned stitching.

Keep pops of color bold and in check with pillows that have details reflecting your inspiration item.
Accessories such as flowers, sticks or a small bowl to catch your change and cell phone at night round out the findings.

Having something like a pack of batteries to jump start things can bring a whole room together in no time. Add in some lamps and furniture and your work is done. All from something that wouldn't have normally been on your design radar!

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