So, one of the common phrases around Total Home is “think outside the box”. It may sound cliche, but we actually do try to approach everything from new and unusual directions, just to see what will happen. You have to be open to the possibility that some of your ideas won’t work, that’s just the nature of that whole “trial and error” thing. But once you get the hang of it, crazy, rule breaking ideas will come together in ways you didn’t expect and, heck, you might even start a trend!
When I found this article, I just couldn’t pass it up. It screams creativity and, well, Total Home… Read on:<--more-->
1. HAVE AN OFFICE THAT INSPIRES YOUR CREATIVITY
Perhaps the best way to feel creative in your work space is to not follow any of the unnecessary “design rules” you’ve heard. Have mismatched chairs & sofas, no matching finishes, lay carpets on carpets. Perhaps this is the best way to open up your thinking?
Interior design Ruthie Summers
2. USE TWO DIFFERENT FABRICS ON YOUR DINING ROOM CHAIRS
This can often be done with great effect. Sometimes it’s the perfect approach to tone down a pattern you love, or sometimes it’s just for fun.
Interior design Katie Ridder
3. ADD SLEEPING SPACES IN WEIRD NOOKS
Create a dreamy and fun sleeping wall in an odd shaped ceiling space.
4. YES IT’S OKAY, PUT THE BED UP AGAINST THE WINDOW
Sometimes there is no perfect wall to put your bed up against so don’t worry about it, just put it up against the window. How about that natural reading light?
5. DO CLASSIC WITH A TWIST!
Just because you like classic interiors doesn’t mean there’s no room to play. Lacquer the front door in a classic hue, use a classic wallpaper in a punchy color, and mix in some animal print.
6. USE A WALLPAPER THAT TRICKS THE EYE
Life can be too serious so why not?
Interior design: Kelly Wearstler
7. PILE ON THE TEXTURES!
Sometimes the play with texture is all the character you need.
Interior Design Katie Ridder
8. DECORATE WITH EVERYTHING YOU LOVE
Dark walls- Check, patterns-Check, bright colors-Check, animal prints-Check, painted ceiling-Check, vintage suitcases-Check, shells-Check.
9. LEAVE YOUR TROUBLES AT THE FRONT DOOR!
There is no better way to come home than to something that lift your spirits. So re think “normal” and create something that shifts your mind from worrying to enjoyment the second you enter!
10. SAY NO TO BORING DESKS!
Get rid of that plain old wood desk. Live a little, write your to-do lists on an awe inspiring desk.
Originally posted at blog.livelikeyou.com.