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15 February 2009 @ 10:27 am
I'd like to order one inspiration, please.  
I'm a bit at a loss for how to design my new apartment. I was all thrilled about having my first place where I could do all the designing TOTALLY ON MY OWN, and now I'm a little "...?" about it.

I definitely want to paint, but I must decide which colors! In my current apartment (codenamed the USS Lollipop), we picked our garish and completely outrageous oranges, yellows and pinks based on a LazyTown theme, but I'm not sure what my theme should be. Something crafty, perhaps? Or nautical/deserted-island/beach-y? (I do own a giant neon palm tree, after all.) I have obscene amounts of pink things now, so that will have to fit in somewhere.

So the question to the internets: Where do you go for design inspiration? When you've remodeled or re-designed a space, what has inspired you (or if you were to remodel/repaint, what would inspire you?).

It's possible I'd be much better at coming up with this on my own if we weren't just entering the space-cracked-out-crazy-sexing portion of Enterprise in our Star Trek marathon. OH T'POL. (And OH REED AND HAYES also, though they are without space crack, alas.) In general, "space crack" doesn't seem like a truly inspiring decorating theme, though I suppose that could be because I haven't shot enough of it into my neck.
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entertaining in a disturbing waylyssie on February 15th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
...You can repaint your apartment? With ours, we can't do anything. *jealous*

I vote blues and purples. Pink will fit right in.

Maybe a weird Star Trek-y bridge theme or something.
Little Red: lazy - stephie squeemylittleredgirl on February 15th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
Haha, yep. That's the joy of having the laziest landlords ever. The walls are pretty gross, so we can paint crazy colors, and then when we repaint it white at the end, they got a free paint job out of it. This, plus the location, makes up for having windows that wind blows right through!

I like your purple and blue idea...
miera_cmiera_c on February 15th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
*points up* I've never lived in a rented space that allowed you to paint anything without prior permission. Plus, if you don't own it, why bother with the cost and the labor of painting when you're either going to be punished for it or have to paint it again just to leave?
Little Red: cheer - cleaning - foldedwingsmylittleredgirl on February 15th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Because you can PAINT! :)

Painting isn't very expensive, though it is time-consuming. And we have permission in the "I don't care" sense. We expected to have to repaint the USS Lollipop because the colors are so extreme, but if I paint my new place something more sensible, I may not have to paint it back.

And it means I get to live in prettiness instead of dirty walls!
Lisa Yaegerlisayaeger on February 15th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
As someone who has spent most spare moments for the past several months with a paint brush in her hand, my advice is simply to pick colors that you really, really like. We have a deep, sea blue for our bedroom, and I have an outrageously lime green in my den. We just painted the kitchen a sea glass green, and we're painting the bathroom "evocative sunlight." The best thing about paint, is that you can always do it again. Wallpaper is EVIL.
Little Red: mana mana - infinitemonkeysmylittleredgirl on February 15th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Heee. Your place sounds awesome! :) I'm not sure what colors I really like right now. I think I will go grab a bunch of paint cards and be inspired!
jacksrubberduck: pink duckjacksrubberduck on February 15th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
I am bewitched by the idea of a LazyTown colour theme. That just sounds amazing.
Little Red: lazy - stephie squeemylittleredgirl on February 15th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
Yep. Our apartment looks like that rubber ducky in your icon, except as a paint job on the walls! I will have to take pictures to remember the clown craziness of it. :)
Ryuu: daisycm83 - Colorfulkarma_aster on February 16th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
I kind of have this Griffindor thing going on with my place which shocks me because, me? So not a Griffindor.

But it was just so WHITE and DULL in here, so I started throwing in all the red accents to warm things up and then there was some gold thrown in because it matched the papasan chair that my mother was EXTREMELY HAPPY to let me take out of the house and put into mine and so now there's this whole red and gold motif I have going on which is actually rather warm and lovely to the extent that I'm planning on painting the walls a pale gold.

I want to do my bathroom in light blue since it would go wonderfully with all the white I have in there and possibly do some sort of tiled backsplash in the kitchen. I haven't quite decided yet.

Of course, I'm also cross-stitching this rather lovely zodiac-themed piece for the wall(Cross-stitching is SO the crafter's gateway drug...) and I've got some art-posters and stuff I need to frame, which will remove some of the barrenness further.

Basically? Sometimes a theme just HAPPENS when you're not really paying attention. And sometimes you deliberately create it like my sister did with her rubber duckie-themed bathroom. Ikea is a freakin' home-decorator's fairyland, dude...

Oh, and never underestimate the awesomeness of area rugs and throw-pillows. It's like decorating, but there's no actual work involved. Well, no actual work for you, anyway.
Kat: SG ¦¦ Sam/Jack AU snogkataclysmic on February 16th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
I love apartmenttherapy.com for random bits of interior design inspiration!

Also, this may be of use for colours.