Skip Nav
Walt Disney
How the Community Is Rallying Together to Save Walt Disney's First Home
Celeb Real Estate
Once Upon a Time, Ginnifer Goodwin Bought This Elegant House — and Now She's Selling It
Decorating Tips
How Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines Add Instant Character to a Home

7 Steps to Becoming Your Own Decorator, Step 1: Be Inspired

As talented as our favorite interior designers are, unfortunately, we can't all afford them. But that doesn't mean all hope is lost for those of us without a decorator budget. We can still take inspiration from them, and then by thinking analytically, create utterly chic homes for ourselves, which will inspire our friends. You're only a few easy steps away from becoming your own decorator!The first step to becoming your own decorator is to be inspired. You've got a leg up on interior designers here because you don't have to play any guessing games as to what makes you smile. For further details,

.

Pull ideas and images from your favorite books, magazines, and runway collections, and just start an inspiration board. If you see a paint or fabric swatch or a wallpaper sample you like — even if it's out of your price range — save it.

Then, let this all simmer. Now, see if there are any themes running through your picks. Do you like purple tones? Trellis patterns? Architectural details? Textured fabrics? Keep your eyes open and you're likely to see a single thread which will serve as a jumping-off point for your design.
Source, Source, Source, and Source

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Koo-Tour Koo-Tour 7 years
i do the same!! its the absolute BEST way to get inspired <3
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
I love this...I've been collecting clippings from magazines (I think I have way too many!) but I have to start getting actual swatches of materials and sample paints, and then I'm going to try and create an inspiration board. Thanks Casa! :)
How to Pick Paint Colors
Nooks and Niches: Here's How to Optimize Those Quirky Spaces
Lauren Conrad's Simple Decor Update For Summer
Designers Similar to Joanna Gaines
How to Decorate Your Bookcase With Vintage Decor
20 Bathroom Style Upgrades
20 Ways to Add Americana Style to Your Home

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Home & Garden
X