When it comes to home decor, we could all use a little help from the pros. But you don’t have to hire a designer to access creative ideas. Online resources are teeming with inspiration, whether you need help choosing a color scheme, hanging a gallery wall, or creating a home office.
Here are home resources for decorating inspiration—and tips on how to unearth the best ideas for your taste and wallet.
Searching for anything online can be daunting, so start by narrowing your focus.
- Search within your aesthetic. You’ll find applicable inspiration if you search within your design taste, whether it’s mid-century modern or farmhouse chic. Not sure what your aesthetic is? Start with a quiz like this.
- Search within your budget. Start by searching for budget-friendly ideas within your aesthetic, and build off of those to create a look within your price range.
- Search within your color scheme. These color palette generators will inspire you to think creatively about the right paint to pair with your favorite pillows, accessories, and wall decor.
Here are some of the top design sites for big ideas.
- HGTV offers a mansion full of ideas for every need imaginable. Organized by style, room, or item, this site is great for novice designers to interior creative hobbyists.
- House Beautiful focuses more on higher-end design ideas. Think celebrity-inspired rooms.
- Dwell is ideal if you like contemporary design that favors a more minimalist look.
- The Magnolia blog is perfect if you like shiplap, farm tables, and/or Chip and Joanna Gaines.
- The Spruce favors creative and practical ideas, and features resources on gardening, home improvement, and cleaning.
- Pinterest is a gold mine of ideas curated by everyone from DIYers to the pros. Stay organized by saving your favorite ideas to boards.
If you have a favorite store, whether it’s Target or Pottery Barn, you’ll find loads of creative ideas on their retail websites. They’ll show you exactly how that adorable side table will look in a room.
Most importantly, design for you and your family. The experts will have ideas, opinions, and their own “do’s and don’ts.” But whatever your design aesthetic is, if you like it, it’s perfect for your home.