Find de­sign in­spi­ra­tion ev­ery­where you look

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It’s no sur­prise that de­sign­ers are very vis­ual peo­ple, which is why they of­ten look to the world around them for de­sign in­spi­ra­tion. From old pho­to­graphs to run­way trends, in­spi­ra­tion is ev­ery­where we turn.

Sharon Grech, Ben­jamin Moore colour and de­sign ex­pert, shares her top tips for find­ing ideas.

n From haute cou­ture to home cou­ture: Ev­ery sea­son we look for­ward to see­ing the lat­est fash­ions hit run­ways across the world, and while they may not al­ways be prac­ti­cal for the aver­age per­son, they cer­tainly play a role in in­flu­enc­ing our per­sonal style.

“Fash­ion and de­sign trends are very heav­ily in­flu­enced by one an­other,” says Grech. “The run­way is a great place to look for in­spi­ra­tion — keep your eyes open for colours and pat­terns that in­spire you.”

n Trend­set­ting mile­stones: Each year, key brands share colour trend fore­casts that will shape ev­ery­thing from so­cial me­dia to pol­i­tics. When it comes to your in­te­rior dé­cor, know­ing this in­for­ma­tion can help you as you choose the colour pal­ette for your walls, fab­rics and more.

For 2019, Ben­jamin Moore is se­lect­ing Metropoli­tan AF-690, a stylish grey with cool un­der­tones, as the 2019 Colour of the Year.

“Af­ter a year-long re­search jour­ney to var­i­ous cities across the world and a ded­i­cated team of colour and de­sign ex­perts who at­tend in­dus­try shows, in­spi­ra­tion comes from var­i­ous places, from ar­chi­tec­ture and pop cul­ture to fash­ion, home fur­nish­ings and more,” ex­plains Grech.

n Look be­yond the lens: When was the last time you flipped through your photo archives? Pho­to­graphs cap­ture de­tails that are of­ten for­got­ten over time, which can be a great place to start when look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion.

“I of­ten re­view my travel pho­tos for colour and pat­tern cues that speak to me,” says Grech. “Some­thing that strikes your eye be­hind the cam­era to­day may in­spire an en­tire room con­cept to­mor­row.”

n Grab your glossies: Mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers are an in­cred­i­ble re­source for home dé­cor in­spi­ra­tion. They of­fer a wide range of dif­fer­ent styles and de­sign ideas that you may never have con­sid­ered ex­plor­ing.

“Keep a col­lec­tion of home dé­cor mag­a­zines on hand, or pull out pages with vi­gnettes you like,” says Grech. “Start your next de­sign project by go­ing through past is­sues and re­vis­it­ing what you’ve saved.”

n De­sign your dig­i­tal dream house: We’re heav­ily in­flu­enced by trends on so­cial me­dia. Whether you pre­fer In­sta­gram or Pin­ter­est, both are very vis­ual so­cial plat­forms.

“I per­son­ally love In­sta­gram. It’s such a great place to turn to be­cause you never know what you may stum­ble on, from food to fash­ion, and how it could in­spire you.”

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To gain de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, look to key paint brands for their colour selections. Ben­jamin Moore has cho­sen a stylish grey, Metropoli­tan AF-690, as the 2019 Colour of the Year.

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