3 tips to blast through a design block

Sick and tired of the layout of your apartment? Feel like you’re not entirely comfortable in your home anymore? Just moved into a new place and want a new style? One of the blessing and curses of having your own place is the necessity of designing the space to bring out your personality while suiting your needs, and sometimes this can be a very difficult process. We all have creative blocks every now and then, and sometimes it takes a little extra to push past them. Here are some ways to rekindle the fire in your mind and have a beautifully designed space that you can be proud of.

Hire a decorator

It sounds like cheating, but this is one great way to get an outsider’s opinion and improve your own designing skills. There are a ton of great designers in Toronto, as well as services to help you find them, and the benefits for taking one on are countless. Imagine wanting to get into shape and hiring a personal trainer for one session so you understand the movements and workouts – interior decorating is the same thing! You don’t have to spend a lot, just get someone in for one day and take their principles and guidelines to heart. It’ll surely give you some great ideas for your apartment designing future.

Examine your fave TV sets

There are so many shows and movies that deal with characters living in city apartments, so take a look at what they’re doing! Next time you’re watching your favourite show, take out a notepad and jot down some of the ideas you see from the apartments of your favourite characters. Backgrounds are usually always ignored by the audience, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t meticulously planned and designed.

When in doubt, phone a friend

They say you are an amalgam of the five people closest to you, so in theory, that means your friends likely have some great taste! Get opinions from all your friends on furniture placement and art choices and you’ll find that they know more than you may think. Besides, your friends are some of the people most likely to see your place, so it helps to make them feel really great to see one of their smart ideas on your wall! There’s always room for improvement and friends are a great way to guide you to a new and interesting decision.

Erin Cardone

Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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