Often the most difficult part of redecorating your home is deciding what to do. Choosing colors, patterns, and styles can be a daunting task if you do not have a plan. The first step to any home decorating project is finding your inspiration. Your goal should be to make yourself smile every time you step into the room.

Resort at Home Tropical Florida

This homeowner loves tropical plants and we found the perfect fabric to bring that to life.

Start your decorating project by closing your eyes and imagining the feelings you want to have when you enter the space. Don’t focus on colors or furniture placement, just think about how you will feel.  Would you rather feel cool and relaxed, energized and inspired, or warm and cozy?  Write down the words and use them as a jumping off point to begin looking for items that resonate with that feeling.  You might feel those words in pictures of a recent vacation, a seashell your granddaughter collected, looking at your favorite piece of jewelry, or in a piece of fabric.  You’ll probably notice that the items you’ve found have colors you really like in them or they reflect a style that attracts you.  Write down all the things you love about those items and would like to see in your space.  For example, does an antique jewelry box inspire you with the beautiful wood carvings and the elegant shape or is it the deep, rich colors and shine of the wood? These will be the clues to guide you as you begin your project.

Resort at Home Sailfish Theme Florida

We used a favorite memory of a day sailfishing for this guest room.

The next step is using your inspiration to start collecting pictures from magazines or on the internet. Great sources for design inspiration can be found on sites like Houzz, Pinterest, HGTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Coastal Living, Southern Living, and House Beautiful. Whenever you find a picture you like, ask yourself if it fits with your inspiration words.

Finding the inspiration is one of the best parts of redecorating, so be sure to enjoy the journey before the hard work of shopping and making the dream and reality begins.