How To Find Inspiration To Define Your Style

BY OLIVER DECASTRO

Defining the look and style of your space can be tricky. There are endless ways to find inspiration, whether it be from the architectural style of your home to the infinite number of colors found in nature. The function of a space can greatly impact its design as well, but for now we will be focusing on finding inspiration to define the aesthetic of a room. Here are a few ways to find inspiration by making your space absolutely lovable and livable! Let’s get the gears turning and center in on the living room.

 

CHOOSING A COLOR PALETTE

I love playing with color and how it affects the overall picture of the room. We are highly perceptive to colors and textures as we tend to gravitate towards attractive choices that reflect our personalities. Your home interior is an expressive reflection of your taste and own style whether it be eccentric and dramatic, tranquil and subdued, or sometimes a little bit of both.

Pops of playful colors can brighten the mood and evoke stimulating senses. Warmer tones of yellow, orange and red are invigorating colors while stimulating the eye. Energy flows through color and using it as an accent can be effective on a neutral palette and soft textures. Sofas and accent chairs in a bold color are great statements as they introduce color in a profound way. The luxurious Sofa 4896 shown here covered in a plush, rich velvet in a deep marigold acts as a great eye catcher in the room. This sofa is offered in leather or fabric in a multitude of fun colors and textures which are all available to view at our showroom.

Monochromatic tones and hues within the same color range produce a calming and balanced palette. I like using grays and browns together with a pop of white to add a dramatic contrast. Earthier colors such as taupe, white, black, green, and blue are natural and organic compositions while incorporating wood elements. Warm and soft colors are inviting as they are comfortable to the eye.

 

DEFINE YOUR FOCAL POINT

Start with the biggest and most functional piece of furniture to base your design off of - the sofa. It’s all about looks and comfort, the perfect marriage of great design. A great way to utilize a piece of furniture as the main focal point in a room is highlighting its function. Fall in love with your furniture, let it shine. Your furniture tells a story which speaks volumes of your own creative style.

The stunning Theater Sofa 2804 is a perfect example of form and function. With a wide selection of beautiful leathers, this sofa brings great versatility in comfort as the adjustable back cushions offer you two seat depths at an upright and stretched out position. What better way to enjoy watching your favorite Netflix show than on a convertible lounger sofa where you can sit back and relax!

 

TYING IT ALL TOGETHER

A cohesive, well balanced room is all brought together with a beautiful rug. Rugs have an  overwhelming possibility of choices as they come in a variety of textures, patterns, and fibers. Think of it as “art on the floor” and what great expression a rug can introduce. Try selecting a look that draws colors from other pieces in the room or elevate the textures surrounding the rug by bringing contrast. On hardwood floors, a rug instantly breaks up the wood look and helps soften the living area. Using a rug grounds all the pieces within the room and adds dimension.

The main thing to keep in mind when formulating your ideas of inspiration is to have fun. The living area of your home should emphasize your own personal taste. Take your time when making decisions and remember that all the perfect pieces will come together if you have a firm sense of direction and inspiration.

Whether you’re defining your style for the first time and need a little direction or want to try a new look and need a spark of creativity, I am happy to assist with getting the gears turning. I’d like to discuss design with you! Stop by the showroom and we can work together on your next project.