Looking for Home Design Inspiration? 30 Free Resources for Ideas and How-to Tips
One of the joys of owning your own home is making it feel like you. Whether you’re tackling a simple redecorating project or remodeling an entire room, it takes time, money, and inspiration to achieve the look you love.
Why not tap into free advice from the pros? Fortunately, there are hundreds of online resources filled with ideas and budget-friendly tips. To help you create the home of your dreams, explore our list of 30 reliable resources, including mainstream favorites and specialized niche sites:
Unlike the rest of the sites on our list, these online communities provide tons of decorating ideas AND tools to collect your favorites conveniently. Houzz also helps readers connect with local design professionals and source products featured on the site.
Dozens of bloggers have launched sites filled with free design tips, inspiration, and DIY projects. Most of them also include buying options.
3. Apartment34 - Erin Hiemstra’s blog covers decor suggestions, fashion finds, and beauty secrets. Be sure to check out her design trend alerts and ideas to steal.
4. Apartment Therapy - Doling out design advice since 2004, this home and decor site is designed to help anyone, regardless of budget, find real-life solutions for a more beautiful and happy life at home.
5. Decor8 - Holly Becker’s blog is filled with new ideas, handmade and DIY art, design trends, and more.
6. Emily Henderson - You’ll find big design mistakes, budget ideas, design trends, makeovers, and more at Style by Emily Henderson.
7. Juniper Home - Jenny Komenda’s blog shares the stories of historic homes rehabbed in Mesa, AZ. You can also shop their curated finds, plus select among Jenny’s own beautiful and affordable prints.
8. Hunted Interior - Kristine Jackson aims to help everyone create luxurious but affordable interiors with budget-friendly tips and DIY projects.
9. Maison de Pax - Decorating and design tips are sprinkled with dozens of DIY projects. Are you interested in learning how to photograph interiors like a pro? You’ll find that too.
10. Old Brand New - Bold colors and a mix of modern and vintage pieces dominate Dabito’s blog. You’ll also find DIY tips for creating professional-looking projects.
11. Remodelista - Offers several kitchen and bathroom remodeling guides, design inspiration, and a catalog of over 10,000 products.
12. Studio McGee - Fans of modern farmhouse style will want to explore Syd and Shea McGee’s blog, which includes objects they’ve designed plus step-by-step styling tips.
13. The Inspired Room - Melissa Michaels is passionate about finding contentment at home and offers decorating ideas, mood boards, and other cozy living tips.
14. Vintage Revivals - Learn how Mandi transforms old furniture and decor into new treasures, plus tips for creating accent walls, making a DIY hardwood floor, built-in-bookcase hacks, and more!
15. Young House Love - Sherry and John have renovated seven homes. Their blog shares over 3,000 DIY projects and home updates.
Publishers of print magazines also offer a wealth of design and remodeling tips online, even if you aren’t a paid subscriber.
16. Adore Home Magazine - This Australian-based interiors magazine is filled with fun, modern, and quirky decor. It includes home tours, a design inspiration blog, and an online store.
17. Better Homes and Gardens - For nearly 100 years, BH&G has been a popular source of decorating and gardening tips, plus entertaining, recipes, and beauty advice.
18. Country Living - For more than 40 years, lifestyle magazine Country Living has evolved with the times, focusing on food, home renovation, home decor, and DIY projects.
19. Elle Decor - An offshoot of the French fashion magazine, Elle Decor focuses on trendy, fashionable home design, often featuring celebrity homes.
20. House Beautiful - Design trends, home tours, and the latest shopping news to score deals and snag hard-to-find items.
21. Martha Stewart Living - Martha’s lifestyle magazine includes home decorating, organizing, and DIY crafts, along with entertaining, food, and travel.
22. Real Simple - Check out the Home Organizing section for extensive tips for making better home decor decisions, plus many other ways to enhance life at home.
23. This Old House - The award-winning television series and magazine also provides expert home improvement and remodeling advice online.
24. Traditional Home - Published by Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Homes focused on classic spaces, luxurious furnishing, and beautiful architecture.
25. Veranda - A shelter and lifestyle magazine filled with gracious design ideas, home decorating tips, architecture, gardening, travel, and more.
26. Vogue - Iconic interiors worldwide are featured in Vogue magazine’s Homes section, exploring the best in design, interiors, art, and lifestyle.
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27. Architectural Digest - Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020, this venerable publication that focuses on interior design and landscaping also includes several international editions.
28. Array Magazine - An “inside look” at the world of interior design and culture through the New York Design Center’s eyes.
29. Furniture Lighting & Decor - Covers lighting and fans, plus home decor categories like mirrors, pillows, wall decor, furniture, rugs, tabletop, and more.
30. Interior Design Magazine - Find innovative design projects and source products from nearly a hundred partner brands.