One moment for me happened last year as I walked through an antique and estate jewelry store in Savannah, Georgia. I was mesmerized by the color combination of a 1920's French ring. Deep Garnet stones set in circular rows guarding one huge rock of turquoise... (and I'm not even a big fan of " red"). This was stunning! I wanted an outfit & interiors in this color combo. I couldn't stop thinking about it. Unfortunately, I never took a picture, but here's an idea of what it looked like in these two images below.
Simply observing ordinary things from a new perspective can often result in new inspiration. Prime example, I had walked by that Crepe Myrtle tree many times and admired the raspberry colored flowers in bloom, but I had never recognized the amazing colors of the bark. I haven't used this color combination for an interiors, yet for the right client this pallet will be amazing.
Write 3 adjectives down that you want the space to convey. Simple. (Note: words like warm and inviting or comfortable don't count. Everybody says these) Now, all you need to do is select items of furniture, art, accessories, and lighting that reflect these words. Sounds easy, but make sure you are disciplined in the product selections. If you want edgy, industrial, and chic, make sure you pick items that match either Edgy, Industrial, or Chic.
I like to use this approach with couples that have dueling aesthetic sensibilities. Each will need to compromise their tastes, but they will also get what they want as well in the space.
-Anita Bhattacharya Oates, NCIDQ