Today I want to share 5 methods that help me whenever I feel like I need some decor inspiration.
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We all have times where we feel stuck when it comes to decorating. We are playing with decor and trying to bring a space together, but nothing we do ever seems to “click”.
If you watch my YouTube video linked above, right now I’m feeling this way in my living room. It’s probably my least favorite space to decorate, and I’m especially struggling with it for fall.
Rather than calling it quits on a blog post for today, I thought I would address this issue since I’m sure I’m not the only one who deals with “decorating block” as I like to call it!
I realize that there are more important things in the world than how my home looks for fall. In the big scheme of things, this doesn’t matter a bit!
At the same time though, our homes matter to us. They are our havens, and the last thing we want is for them to make us feel anxious or uncomfortable.
Here are five methods that I like to use when I’m hoping to feel inspired in my home.
Decor Method #1 – Play some Music
One of the first things I love to do whenever I’m playing with my house is to play some music. Turn on something that really inspires you! I personally love movie soundtracks, especially if it was a movie that had an impact on me in some way.
The 1994 version of Little Women comes to mind. As a little girl, I loved that film and I loved the film score just as much. I loved Orchard House. I loved seeing pregnant Meg in her gardens surrounded by stone and wildflowers as Jo ran up the muddy path to meet her.
When I turn that soundtrack on, I can’t help but smile and feel so inspired! Another musician that I have been loving lately is Paul Cardall. I will listen to his station on Pandora, which plays similar music to his that is absolutely beautiful.
So give music a try! It might just inspire you to finish that space you’ve been struggling with.
Decor Method #2 – Look through books, magazines and Pinterest!
The next thing I like to do when I’m feeling stuck with a space is to look through books and old magazines that have inspired you over the years. I still have Pottery Barn magazines that are ten years old! And I have kept them because they truly inspire me.
Pinterest is another great option when you feel confused with a space in your home. You would be amazed at the inspiration you can find there, and I’d love for you to follow me if you aren’t already!
There is something about looking through a book or magazine, pausing, looking up at your space, then back down to the book, that can really help to bring clarity. Study the rooms that you love. Study the wall decor. Study the greens that were placed in that place. Look closely at every detail, and it will help so much!
Decor Method #3 – Leave the space.
Sometimes the best thing to do is just walk away. Get out of the house, go for a walk, get some fresh air, come back another day.
When I leave the house and take some time away from the room I’m working in, somehow when I come back I feel so much clarity! If you stare at something for too long, you can begin to feel confused. So leave the space for a little while.
Decor Method #4 – Make BIG Moves
Don’t be afraid to MOVE things around! Sometimes people take their homes too seriously. Try new things. Nail something to the wall. If you don’t like it, thats okay! It’s just a little bit of spackle to fill the hole.
Often I have more success when I clear the room, try new things and move furniture around, then I do when I try to work and tiptoe around what is already there. Moving things around can be therapeutic, and doing so might inspire you so much!
Decor Method #5 – Go Shopping
The last thing that I would suggest to you is to go shopping, and there’s a reason why it’s last on the list today. So often it’s the first thing we do when we feel stuck with a space, but we don’t even know what we’re looking for and then we spend more money than we should.
I talked a little bit more about this in a post called “5 Simple, Practical Ways to Save Hundreds on Home Decor” if you’d like to check it out! Always shop your home first and play with what you have before you go out and buy new.
Honestly though, sometimes there’s nothing like a good old fashioned shopping trip to get you in the mood to decorate. Maybe it’s the store displays, or just finding something new that you’re excited bout.
When I went on that fall shopping trip a few weeks ago with my mom and sisters, that was exactly what I needed to get me in the mood for fall! I felt so inspired and literally the moment I came home I started playing with my new finds.
So while my thrifty self doesn’t recommend shopping all the time, every once in a while it’s just what I need.
Method #6 – Take a Photo or Video of the Space
There’s one last method I have for you today, and that’s to take a photo or video of the space you’re working on! Sometimes you see things on camera that you don’t see when you’re standing there in person.
I have no idea why that is, but it’s true. I felt so stuck with my bathroom earlier this year that I decided to share a “progress” post with you guys, and the moment I watched that video back and saw the pictures, I knew exactly what to do! I seriously cannot wait to share the space with you now!
So grab your phone, take some photos, then sit down and look through them. What is missing? What looks odd? What is your space lacking? Give it a try! 🙂
Well I hope these methods for when you feel stuck with your home really helped today, friends. What do you like to do when you can’t quite figure out a space? I’d love to know in the comments below!