But really – it seems they’re everywhere you look, right? When you’re trying to find a new home design style that suits your life – and you’re starting with an empty canvas of a brand new home – you probably know that you can spend hours (maybe even days!) swiping through images on your mobile device. And eventually, you’ve looked at so many photos it seems your brain is so filled with ideas it’s just going to explode. (Note: That’s not a good look on your new home’s walls.)
So we thought it might be helpful to provide you with a short list of online sources that would be good places for you to begin your ‘personal style’ search. Take a little tour with us . . .
Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial rock, you’ve probably already seen plenty of images and articles that come from this dynamic site. A huge resource for virtually any type of style that’s out there, it invites interaction with members (it’s free and easy to create your profile) from virtually all aspects of the home industry – from builders and designers to homeowners and contractors – and pretty much everything in-between. Houzz is a great place to begin your search because it makes it easy for you to create “Ideabooks” where you can create projects by room, gather ideas and images from across the internet to add to your Ideabooks, and ask people and companies to provide feedback, suggestions, ultimately helping you find the look that’s just right for you.
An excellent resource for articles on almost any topic pertaining to homes, House Beautiful has a wide variety of guest bloggers whose experience can collectively be considered encyclopedic. Search for information by topic, by design style, even by room. For those who like to dig a little further behind the photos alone, this website has the chops to deliver.
House and Garden
Some people may not know that there is no longer a U.S. version of this site – but the U.K. version is alive and well – and that’s really kind of cool when you think about it. Just like American television has a tendency to re-create U.K. shows, if you take a good look at the U.K. House and Garden site – you can do the same thing with design. (Be the first on your block to add fresh, new looks to your home that perhaps haven’t hit the States in full yet!)
In fact, it’s really a good idea to spend some time seeking out other international design sites for ideas as it can open your eyes to different concepts and elements. It may actually lead to you incorporating those looks and style elements that speak to you personally so that you can create an entirely new design style that is ‘uniquely you.’
The best thing about interior home design? You’re able to try different things – colors, accents, furniture, and more – and if you plan wisely, can change the whole scheme and look with minimal effort and expense. (Just remember, when it comes to the pricey items, think quality and classic – because accessories are easily and affordably changed, and hey – you can always repaint the walls!)