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Our Top Home Design Inspiration Sources

Jun 28 2012

You know you want to re-do the back patio. Or the hall bathroom. Or the master bedroom closet. Or the kitchen countertops. Or all of it. You know you want change and update your home, but how do you decide exactly what you want the end product to look like?

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Our list of favorite design inspiration sources follows. Be warned: casually perusing these inspiring outlets will not only give you direction for the projects you know you want, but likely inspire home improvement projects you didn’t know you needed!

Shelter Magazines: There is a shelter magazine for every aesthetic. If you have classic taste, we’d recommend Architectural Digest or Better Homes and Gardens. You’re into artistic, sophisticated spaces? Elle Décor. You’re a sucker for clean lines and modern architecture? Dwell.

There are even more specific magazines that cater to more specific tastes. Atomic Ranch exclusively features midcentury modern style homes. The Craftsman specializes in Arts and Crafts era homes and bungalows. We’d recommend spending 30 minutes with the magazine rack at your local bookstore to discover which aesthetic and which magazine fits you best.

The Web: Free inspiration is right at your fingertips. The web is full of great sources for home design inspiration, but finding the right sources is more of a challenge. Naturally, the web is not as curated and organized as the magazine rack, but the search may help better define your likes and dislikes. A few of our favorite design and architecture blogs include: ArchDaily, Remodelista, Remodelaholic, Freshome, and Apartment Therapy.

We would also recommend checking out Pinterest for design and DIY inspiration. This is a great way to curate your tastes and compile boards that represent great ideas for different rooms and different projects around the house. Follow the SimpliciKey Pinterest for our ideas about stylish home improvement and DIY projects that will simplify life. 

Home Tours: Different neighborhoods—especially historic or architecturally unique—neighborhoods often host home tours where a select few residents open their homes to the public for a small ticket fee. These homes are often impeccably decorated and maintained, and thus, a great source for design inspiration!

Open houses, hosted by real estate agents trying to sell the homes, are another fun place to look for design inspiration. Seem sketchy? One in six people admit to crashing open houses with no intent of buying. So, you won’t be alone!

Television: HGTV and the DIY Network (where the SimpliciKey was recently featured) are devoted entirely to home improvement, remodeling, and real estate-related programming! Popular shows like HGTV Design Star, House Hunters, and Rehab Addict cater to those looking for entertainment, as well as design inspiration.

What’s your preferred source of design inspiration for your home?