Ever wonder how you can turn those inspiration boards (digital or physical) into a reality? Maybe it’s in your home decor or even your wedding, regardless of what it is I’m thrilled to have Ashley here today sharing how she turns inspiration boards into reality for her brides!
Everyday we are surrounded by inspiration. Whether it’s from the natural beauty outside, stunning window displays, drool-worthy magazine ads, intricate architecture, or the fashionable girl walking down the street, whose outfit we are dying to recreate. We are immersed in a culture of trends. But how do you begin to translate street style or high fashion ideas into everyday life? Enter the inspiration board! Often times an inspiration board will help in narrowing ideas and creating a design that is cohesive. It’s a tool that I use with each of my couples to help them bring their wedding vision together – and to life!
WHAT IS AN INSPIRATION BOARD?
It is just as simple as it sounds. An inspiration board is a collection of photos, swatches, quotes, and ideas that make up your inspiration. Your board is a personal reflection of your style and your interpretation of a design idea. You can create an inspiration board for anything, from outfits and beauty looks to household décor and wedding design.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
Personally, I find inspiration everywhere! From travels, fashion, architecture, nature… literally anywhere! Pintrest is the best example of an online inspiration board because it’s a collection of photos gathered around one theme or idea. It’s a great online source for finding photos from all around the web. But I’m a little more old school, and prefer a more tangible inspiration board. Don’t forget about using things that can be found offline like magazines, pillows patterns, flowers, antiques and kitchen tile, to name a few. Here is one I created a few weeks ago for my dining room re-design.
HOW DO YOU TRANSLATE AN INSPIRATION BOARD INTO REALITY?
Here is the difficult part – the application of your inspiration board. It can take some time to source the all the pieces of your design. But that’s okay! Nine times out of ten I’ll need to find less expensive alternatives for my personal inspiration boards. Ever heard the phrase “champagne taste on a beer budget”? I suffer from it big time! So that is where creativity and interpretation comes in hand. Not to mention a bit of patience. Don’t stress yourself out by trying to create an exact replica of your desired design. You want the end result to be a reflection of you and your style, rather than someone else’s ideas. Below is an example of an inspiration board turned real wedding design:
We took the ideas, color palette, and style from our inspiration board and translated these ideas from around the web into a design that represented the couple. You can see the end result is similar in tone, but not an exact replica. When I begin the design process with a bride, I always start out creating an inspiration board. That way we have boundaries and parameters in place before we even start sourcing rentals, choosing linens and flowers, and creating paper goods. By doing the hard work up front to gather your thoughts, you’ll have a much easier time translating your design ideas into reality. And this will ensure that your design is cohesive from start to finish.
The most important thing to remember when creating an inspiration board for an upcoming project or event is to be patient and don’t overthink it. You have a great design instinct and your inspiration board will help get all your thoughts together so that you can execute seamlessly!