I just stumbled across an unexpected (for me) source of inspiration: Design Trends.
Prompted by The Academy's insightful article "How to use Design Trends To Guide Your Marketing Activity, Part 1", I clicked over to Etsy's Merchandising Desk column in their blog. After reading their July post, I was brimming with ideas.
Now some of you, who are good worker bees, are thinking "duh." But maybe there are others out there like me, who only give trend forecasts a cursory glance. It seemed so dry before, and perhaps a bit limiting, and even a little like cheating. "Use these colors right. now." But something clicked today and I realized these lists can be a great source of inspiration.
The above links are great resources if you're interested in checking out the latest trends.