We think one of the best parts of buying a new home is personalizing it to make it your own. From furniture to fixtures, your home is a reflection of your personal style. But what if you don’t what your “personal style” is? The Internet is stuffed with blogs and websites to help motivate your home décor choices. We’re helping you narrow down the search by listing our five favorite home design sites for inspiration.
Remember those cork memory boards you used to pin recipes, photographs, and magazine clippings? Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard for collecting and organizing the things you love online. With a dedicated category to home design the supply of ideas is virtually (pun intended) endless.
Why we love Pinterest – Users share photos from the depths of the interwebs, providing you with tons of options in style, color, and decor. Since it’s photo based, you don’t have to spend time trying to remember the name of a website. Just pin the image you like to one of your pin boards and you’ll have it ready when you are to decorate.
Of course, don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest!
Lesser known Houzz is similar to Pinterest in that you can create ideabooks of photos you find. However, Houzz is solely about homes. No sifting through mounds of shoes, food, and random photography that your fellow pinners recently placed on their boards.
Instead, with Houzz, you browse by the room. The images are tagged, so you can see what the product is and its price tag. You can even find local professionals to help you with your design qualms.
Why we love Houzz – Not only is the site chocked full of beautiful imagery, but they have an amazing enewsletter that comes straight to your inbox with the best of the site. Each week they include several features that cover various trends or design topics aimed at helping you get inspired.
Better Homes and Gardens
The classic and well known publication has a multitude home decorating tips, DIY projects, and home improvement ideas on its website. The “Decorating & Home Ideas” section is broken up by home improvement, room, and even a section to help you determine what color to use.
Why we love BHG – They give ideas for every room in your home. And when we say every room, we mean it. There is an entire section dedicated to decorating small spaces such as walk-in closets and laundry rooms. The best part: many of the design ideas are for the budget conscious decorator.
The Inspired Room
A decorating blog, The Inspired Room, has the creator, Melissa, sharing her own trials in decorating. She also supplies countless tips on how to clean, organize, and design on a budget. She showcases her own home and provides a section for inspiration – that word we keep coming back to.
Why we love The Inspired Room – This blog is especially great if you’re DIY or time challenged. Her videos and DIY tutorials can help anyone find ideas or figure out how to do something in a crunch.
A popular go-to magazine and website for decorating and home design, House Beautiful will help you get excited about decorating. Get designer tips, look through the photo gallery, or play the “pick-a-room” game to get started.
Why we love House Beautiful – Our favorite part of this site is the New Technology and Gadgets section. If you’re looking to make your “iThing” or smart gadget more user friendly while you’re around the house, House Beautiful has great suggestions. We’re particularly fond of this iPad mount for kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
What home design sites do you love? Tell us in the comments below.