Are you planning a new interior design project in your house this spring? Mooching over changing the paint colour in your bedroom? contemplating a new kitchen? or having grand plans to renovate a whole house? Whatever it is you’d like to change, pulling some inspirational images together is a great way to start.
Even if there aren’t enough funds in the piggy bank yet, putting a scrapbook of pictures together will at least bring the project a little closer, and give you a chance to hone your ideas. So much better than rushing headlong into it when you finally make a start. In my book, planning is everything – your house is not a TV makeover experiment….. (they have a lot to answer for!)
A scrapbook is a great way to communicate your style and ideas to an architect or designer, if you’re going to be working with one. We have to try to get inside our clients heads, understand what makes them tick, what they love and what they hate. So if you’ve already put some images together, that’s super helpful and gives me a great headstart.
Traditionally, this would be a file of tear sheets from magazines, though as a fully paid up member of the neat and tidy brigade, it always slightly pains me to tear up my beautiful stack of back issues… Thankfully, none of us have to do that now that it’s so easy to create a digital scrapbook.
The world of Pinterest is your oyster. Pick from an almost infinite number of images of fashion, travel, architecture and landscape, choosing those that sum up your style, reflect your favourite colours and how you want the space to feel. Would your dream kitchen be one full of the riot of colour that is a Moroccan street market? Or do you hanker after the zen like minimalism of a Japanese gravel garden?
When you’re after pics of interiors, the best place to look is at www.houzz.co.uk The site is effectively the Pinterest of the interiors world, (plus gardens). Some 12 million images of gorgeous homes all over the world, to drool over and search from. “White kitchen” is apparently the top search term!
An ideabook I’ve created of coastal style bedrooms
Whereas in Pinterest you save your images to Boards, in Houzz you create Ideabooks which you can share online with your designer. What better way of pointing out exactly the style of light you like for example, than sharing an image of one you’ve found with your comments.
Those of us who are professionals on Houzz have our portfolios on the site and you can read previous clients’ testimonials.
Click on the link below to see my previous work and my reviews on Houzz
or just pop my name into the search box on the site and enjoy planning your next project.