Having an Interior Designer’s Block? Here Are 5 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Interior design, just like any other creative process, requires experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, and making mistakes. It is quite natural to hit a creative block as an interior designer, especially if you have been exhausting things that you normally get inspired by. When your mind is affected by a sudden creative block, it affects your creativity and performance as a designer and also causes anxiety and self-confidence issues. Creative blocks often feel like a wall between your mind and your creative prowess.

When you are going through a designer’s creative block, the world around you may not feel quite right again until the block is lifted, and your creativity and the ability to get inspired have retired. Thankfully, the world is filled with things that can inspire your interior design projects, if only you take some time to pause and observe. Here are a few ways to get your creative juices flowing when you are experiencing a creative block.

 

1. Put Your Own Twist on Classic Design Styles

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A great way to get past a slight creative obstacle in your mind is to fully pour yourself into studying the most classic and quintessential design styles and trying to come up with a way you can add an interesting twist to them. Some of the classic interiors include contemporary interiors, farmhouse, traditional, Hamptons, and Scandinavian interiors. You can combine them together to make unique themes. Some of the more modern design themes that you can be inspired by include Art Deco, Bohemian, Hollywood Glam, and Mid Century Modern.

 

2. Scroll Through Social Media

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In this day and age, one of the most positive ways to use social media is to collect inspiration for your creative design projects. Instagram is a great source for design inspiration. Pinterest is another free social media platform that allows users to curate images and videos onto digital Pinterest boards. This makes it a great source of design inspiration you can use for your next project. Social media allows us to connect with anyone from anywhere in the world, which means that platforms are likely to introduce us to new people with different cultures and beliefs. This can contribute towards an increase in creativity because of the exposure to perspectives from the outside world.

 

3. Hit up Vintage and Antique Stores

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Vintage and antique stores contain a wealth of unique items that are sure to spark your imagination. There are always little hidden gems at these places as you never know what you might find. It is a more personal experience than doing internet research, as the items you find while hunting has most likely not ever been on the internet, because they have been collecting dust in someone’s home for decades. You can find items from decades ago complete with old typography, illustrations, and designs. Before you go exploring, try to come up with a project or theme in mind. When you’re open to inspiration for a specific idea, you’ll find your mind making all kinds of connections.

4. Take a Walk in Your Neighbourhood

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When the creative block is limiting you, try to go on walks or bike rides to clear your head and soak in your environment. To the trained mind, inspiration can be found everywhere from tags and murals to weird cars to nature and architecture. Sometimes the best way to get inspired creatively is to leave the office and simply go on a walk. Think about how you can start incorporating mindful walks throughout your creative process. Force yourself to take regular stretching and movement breaks, especially on stressful days.

 

5. Travel!

 

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Travelling is about expanding your ‘visual library’ and also getting time to challenge some of your deeper-rooted assumptions. Travel exposes you to new cultures, people, and experiences. By immersing yourself in an area that’s far from home, you break out of your comfort zone and open your eyes to new possibilities in your creative projects. Scout for last-minute flight deals and head to a city you’ve never heard of or planned on visiting for a weekend. Ask locals for restaurant recommendations, take long walks, and keep your headphones in your pocket while you focus on these new surroundings.

 

 

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