Design Inspiration Piece – Pulls It All Together

“Where in the world do I start”?

That is what I often hear from my clients when they are trying to pull all the elements together in a room.  Those who are not designers, or color experts, can find the process of “pulling it all together” an extreme challenge.  Repeatedly I find, after they try and then come to me, the room they have experimented with is disjointed and lacks continuity and flow.  Does this sound like you? Not to worry there is an easy rule of thumb to start with when designing an interior room.  All you need is to start with a design inspiration!

Begin with a “ Design Inspiration” piece

What does that mean? It means start with a piece that either you already have and want to keep, or something that you purchased because you love the style, shape or colors. This can be as simple as a throw pillow or rug.

When you have your inspiration piece you then build your whole room around that color palette, with the possibility of adding some neutral colors. If your inspiration piece is a neutral or solid color then you need to decide on a palette of 3 or 4 complementary colors and stick with them. HGTV has a good article explaining various color palettes for a living room.

For example, say you have a grey sofa and find a multi-color rug that you love. The rug then becomes your inspiration piece. From 3 or 4 colors in the rug you then build your room with additional furniture and decorative items.

Inspiration Collage Example

Various pieces from

With this collage example, I started with the rug as the inspiration and found all the other pieces from to pull it all together.

You are probably thinking, “That’s easy for you to say”.  And you are right.  After being a designer for over 20 years it does come easy to me. My passion for color has made it effortless for me to work with clients turning a room into their “happy place”, and “pulling it all together” with colors, continuity, and flow.

If this all seems too much for you to deal with, Align It All can help. I provide mini online design consults where I will point you in the right direction to give you the confidence to move forward, for a beautifully designed room.  If this is something you would like to explore please email me at



  1. Debbie Fodera June 10, 2017 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Yes help is definitely needed. I get something I like and have trouble pulling it together. I tend to go off in too many directions.

    • Diane Bennett June 12, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

      Debbie, You are not alone. Many people tend to go in too many directions which doesn’t allow for cohesiveness. Let me know if I can help you with any project you are working on. Thanks for your comment.

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