Thursday, December 7, 2017

How To Break Out of an Interior Decorating Rut

A decorating rut. I’m all too familiar with this feeling as I had been in one for almost the entire final year of planning my wedding (which, ahem, took two and a half years to plan). For me, it was a mixture of a lack of time to spend sourcing decorating ideas and objects and a lack of creativity as all of my creative juices were directed towards color schemes, unique ceremony ideas, signature cocktails, and all of the tiny details that make a wedding day so special. Decorating has been a constant hobby for me for years, so that rut where I wasn’t interested in going to homegoods, could care less about the Pottery Barn catalogue when it came in the mail, was very unusual. When I got back from my honeymoon and the wedding was over, I had a creative void in my life again so I put my energy into breaking out of my decorating rut. These are my tips for how you can break out of yours too!

1.) Clean and Organize

One of the biggest obstacles to feeling free and creative about an interior space is dirt, dust and clutter. If you’ve been feeling less than inspired about your decor, and want to make a change, the best first step to get the creative juices flowing is to give it a good thorough clean and organization effort. Declutter your surfaces, clean out those drawers, wash those baseboards you’ve been neglecting for a year. It’s amazing how much mental space is freed up to think creatively about the design of an interior once it’s clean and clutter free.

2.) Visit Stores that Have Always Inspired You, and Buy One Thing You Love

For me, it’s Pottery Barn. The displays always pull me in and fill me with ideas. Go to that store that used to always make you drool and find one thing that calls to you even through your decorating fog. When I got home from my honeymoon, I bought a rustic, tuscan $30 vase that inspired a makeover of my living room, a space that had been feeling stale for a long time. Find that one object, however small, that you can get behind even when you’re feeling less than inspired about decor, and bring it into your home. You’ll be surprised at how one small piece you love can spark the creative juices. One small piece can begin a chain reaction of decorating decisions that can completely refresh your space!

3.) Embrace Seasonal Decorations

When you want to break out of a decorating rut but are feeling uninspired or unsure of where to start decorating for the season can be a great way to begin seeing your interior space in a new light. No matter wether you’re in fall, winter, spring or summer, pull out your seasonal decor and set yourself the task of finding ways to make it fit into your home. This easy task (with pieces you likely already own) can break the ice, letting your creative decorating juices flow!

There you have it! These are my tips for getting yourself out of a decorating rut for when you’re feeling like your decor is stale and unsatiflying, but don’t know where to start! Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and Instagram so you never miss an update! How do you get the creative juices flowing when you’re feeling less than inspired? Let me know in the comments below!

With Love, Katie.


  1. Amen to the cleaning and decluttering! It's the perfect way to see your space in a whole new light. And that might mean seeing it as finished too.
    I had so much fun decorating our house after I got married. It's like you're nesting.

  2. Hmmm. I need to start with my closet!