Step 3 - Get Inspired
Inspiration is what elevates a great set design above an ordinary
one, but how do you get it? I find that it's freely available
in the following places:
At your local library: Especially useful for
period pieces, but also a great place to go for contemporary design.
Don't limit yourself to looking for books about set design - our
local library hardly has anything in this vein. I prefer books
on architecture and home décor - look for the ones with a lot
of photographs, and think about incorporating some unusual elements
or color schemes that you see there into your design. Also check
out the crafts section for books on faux painting techniques -
you can accomplish a lot with paint.
The Net: Try this Google search: "set design gallery" -DVD. If you want to see how other designers handled your particular show, do a Google image search by typing in the show name (sometimes you have to add the author as well).
The Hardware Store: A set designer friend of
mine found a terrific color scheme in one of those little freebie
pamphlets displayed in the paint department of our local hardware
store, the kind that depict rooms painted in colors carried in
the various lines of paint. These are often more up-to-date than
books in the library, and often offer some interesting contrasts
if you're looking for an unusual color scheme. Large stores also
often carry a good selection of relatively inexpensive home improvement
and decorating books that contain color photos of great-looking
rooms and innovative touches.
4: Rough It Out