Here is something I began noticing years ago in design school and have been intrigued by to this day. Sources of inspiration for interior designers, or all designers for that matter. What makes the light go on? What causes a spark in your creative mind?
I’ve often watched fellow students and later co-workers and much later my own staff who quite happily sketched out a space by it’s dimensions and then did not really design but rather headed straight for the resource room to find fabrics, wallpaper, paint swatches and finish samples to be applied to the space. So is there a difference between applying elements one knows exist and designing based on pure imagination followed by the arduous task of then trying to find the products that interpret that vision? Surely there is.I am certain there are great solutions either way. Personally, I tended to send my staff away, to a park or shops or even home, whatever it took, in the hopes that they would find inspiration first. And inspiration for design, imho, can happen anywhere through anything.
So my question is simply: What is your inspiration?