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How to Find Design Inspiration

Have you ever sat down to an empty page and all you can see is the emptiness?


empty room with windows

Maybe as a writer, no words are coming.


As a designer, you have no inspiration.


Or as a songwriter, no melody is flowing.


I think as people whose life is dedicated to an art form; we have all been there. Whether writing, dancing, creating music, or designing your client’s space, sometimes we just hit a wall and don’t know where to go.


To be honest with you, that’s what was happening to me for this blog.


And then it came to me.


We all have this blockage at times.


And for designers, it can be especially frustrating.


So, what things can you do to help you get some inspiration for your newest design?


The hardest thing to do is clear your mind, especially under a time crunch. But it is essential to clear your mind to make space for your creativity to shine.


There are two ways you can go about getting inspiration.


One way is to do research specifically for the project.


What that means is open Pinterest or Instagram. Simply scroll through other designer’s design photos to pull elements and it is a very real possibility that something will get the creative juices flowing and you will have a starting point.


scrolling through instagram on phone

Other options are browsing design books or magazines.


Simply by studying the interior design of other spaces, inspiration can strike.


However, there is another way to get your creative juices flowing.


This way is a little more indirect.


Simply taking a walk in nature can help you get your creative juices flowing. Interacting with nature is known to clear your mind of all the stresses. And with that taken care of your creative side can come to the forefront.


park bench overlooking mountains

Maybe nature itself will inspire you to pull from its color palette, or simply just having a clear mind can be enough to get your ideas started.


Maybe you have a time crunch, but trust me on this one…


If you are in the middle of New York City, step outside, put your earbuds in with some of your favorite music, lift your face to the sun, and close your eyes. Don’t worry about what the people around you are thinking, you’ll probably never see them again. Simply lose yourself in your senses.


When you feel your brain is clear, come back to the drawing board.


Not only has your mood improved, but your mind is clearer and more ready to tap into its creative side!


If you have a park nearby or access to a rural area. Take a walk, listen to the birds, feel the sunshine, breathe in the fresh air, and then return to your design board.


Again, this will not only improve your mood but give you a clearer head.


And you are ready to design.


One final tip especially for interior designers who work in an office. If you're struggling to find inspiration, slip off your shoes and find yourself a comfortable seat. Your brain is much more willing to deep dive into its creative side if you’re physically comfortable!


Do you need some assistance with the soft seating in your design? Reach out to the soft-seating masters here at Flexxform for assistance – info@flexxform.co.

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