When creating the perfect interior, it is important to fully immerse yourself in the design process. For interior designer April Russell the most important aspect of this is getting to know her client. A client’s tastes, personal preferences, and lifestyle will all shape the final interior, and the finished result – learning early on what will and won’t work is the perfect way of creating something they are sure to love. Once well informed on a client and their needs, it is time to get inspired.
Whether you are creating a new interior space for a client or for yourself, knowing where to look for inspiration can be a little overwhelming. Sometimes knowing what you want only comes after looking for inspiration, so it’s always a good idea to open yourself up to as much creative influence as possible to discover exactly what you want, and what you definitely don’t.
April Russell shares her top five tips for finding inspiration with The LuxPad below…
Visit your favourite showrooms
Inspiration can be easily drawn from those that you admire. Abbott and Boyd is a personal favourite. I love texture and moody shades, and Abbott and Boyd have both of these, in the most scrumptious of choices!
Immerse yourself in other cultures
When you take the time to learn another culture, you in turn learn a lot about yourself, your design process, and your personal approach to life and style. India is especially beautiful and, with colours and craftsmanship that both lift my spirit and inspire details crucial to my interiors, offers much in the way of inspiration.
The best way to learn about a new culture is to experience it first-hand. I never tire of Paris, it has so much to offer, and is a truly enriching location. I feel refreshed and inspired each and every time I visit.
Explore design heritage
When working on something new, it can be beneficial to look to the past. Personally, I love furniture from the mid-20th century, for its simplicity. This period in particular feeds my own designs.
Pay attention to those around you
I find other people can be a huge inspiration. The charity ‘Women for Women’ stands out to me, for its encouragement for women to have courage and faith. Causes such as this have a huge impact on my life and, in turn, my work.