Have you hit a dead end in a home redesign? Do you have a space that’s missing something you can’t quite put your finger on? Do you love scrolling through home decor photos on Pinterest, but aren’t sure how to make those styles work in your own home?
We all need inspiration from time to time. Whether you’re working on a home-makeover or just love looking at gorgeous photos, interior design blogs can spark creativity and help generate new ideas. I love exploring new color schemes, kitchen layouts, living room styles, and more.
I’ve put together a list of my favorite interior design blogs. Some of them are popular favorites you’ve probably heard of before. Others are hidden gems I’ve come across and loved. Enjoy!
Apartment Therapy is one of the most popular blogs out there. And it isn’t only for people with apartments! Apartment Therapy has ingenious tips and tricks for anyone dealing with the challenge of decorating a small space. But the truth is you’ll find great ideas for homes of all shapes and sizes here, too. This blog is full of fun, useful, and easy-to-follow how-tos. It’s also packed with large, inspiring photos that are very pinnable!
Decoholic is another well-known blog, and for good reason! It’s the place to go for cute and realistic design ideas. If you’re curious where the name comes from, the author, Melina Divani, is a self-proclaimed “decoholic” who loves helping people get inspired. She also separates her site into categories for each room in the house, which makes it easy to find ideas for the room you’re interested in.
Young House Love
DIY aficionados, Sherry and John, used their blog to chronical 7 years, 3 home fix-ups, and plenty of interior design inspiration along the way. I love that their blog is down to earth and full of real advice for real homeowners!
If you’re interested in how to complete a front porch makeover for under $500, paint furniture, or hang a door the right way, don’t miss Young House Love.
The Inhabitat blog places an emphasis on eco-friendly design and architecture — an important topic here in Portland, OR. It also focuses on exterior design as well as interior design. The blog’s Design tab is great for browsing if you’re looking to make your home more sustainable, and it’s a crucial resource for anyone trying to keep up on broader environmental and architectural trends.
Sarah Sarna’s home decor posts are awesome! This lifestyle blog covers home decor, fashion, beauty, travel, and even food! Sarah Sarna herself is a Manhattan-based interior designer turned blogger, who writes about everything from how to decorate with green to speedy cleaning tips.
Dear Designer’s Blog
Blogger Carole King describes herself as an interior designer, writer, and design junkie. She started the Dear Designer’s blog in 2009 with the goal of having a creative “library” of things that inspire her.
The homepage has a convenient, Pinterest-style layout that makes it easy to scroll and find a post that speaks to you.
The amazing writers at Dwell Magazine believe that modern design can be homey and fun. They’ll inspire you to incorporate modern and contemporary styles into your home without making it look like a staged home from a magazine. The Dwell site is huge and has tons of categories, so finding the inspiration you’re looking for is easy!
The English Room
Tired of minimalism and modern black and white designs? The English room is a rainbow of color. Full of fun, sunny design ideas that are sure to inspire any optimist.
The North Carolina blogger, Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, really has an eye for bright, happy designs.
Elements of Style
The Elements of Style blog has something for everyone. Erin Gates, the Boston-based designer who started the blog, also wrote a New York Times bestseller about design called Elements of Style: Designing A Home & A Life. I love the Elements of Style blog because it combines chic interior design inspiration with fashion, lifestyle musings, humor, and stunning photographs.
I hope you found a new blog or two to follow, or to return to next time you’re stuck on a design project. If you want help putting any bloggers’ design ideas into practice in your own home, I’d love to help. Get in touch!
What did I miss? What’s your favorite interior design blog not on this list?