For me, as an interior designer, inspiration can come from the smallest of things. Obviously a lot of my inspiration comes from shopping - and lots of it. I'll see not only home wares but also in fashion.We spend so much time and money investing in what looks good on us and it should be the same with our homes.
Your home should reflect your own personal style when your friends walk in. This doesn't mean that you will automatically be able to do it yourself as interior design is an extremely time consuming job. An interior designer should be there to help you and to push the design along but not force a completely different design on to you. Through out your design service your designer will get to know you and will be able to see whether products are going to reflect the overall design that you wanted. Remember for every project you, the client, are our inspiration so as much information you can give us about yourself at the beginning the more informed a decision we will be able to make.
I always find it useful to pull out pages of magazines or hotel brochures that you liked the look of, often you wouldn't have individually chosen every item in that room but the overall effect is one that pleases you. We, as interior designers, are there to do the same thing with your home - not everything is something that you may instantly fall in love with but when you see the overall effect in the finished room you will see why it was included. For this reason you must really trust your interior designer and try and provide them with as much inspiration as possible at the beginning - and remember we want you to be happy with the finished product not miserable (again!) in your own home.
Kia Sunda, Residential Interior Designer