20 Interior Design Blogs to Inspire You
April 30, 2015 by Joe Ness
Everyone needs inspiration. It’s what fuels creativity and expands possibility. We love seeing new ways to style living rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. New images and ideas can spark innovation or lead to a breakthrough after being stuck for weeks.
Here are some of our favorite interior design blogs for staying on top of trends, getting industry news, and seeing just plain stunning photos. (Note: We love Houzz and Pinterest, needless to say, but strictly speaking they aren’t blogs. So we’ve left them off this list.)
Chances are, you’ve heard of these before…but if not, check them out! Everyone talks about them for a reason. (Disagree? Let us know below in the comments.)
1. Apartment Therapy is all about how-tos. The posts about small spaces are great for apartment-dwellers or tiny home aficionados. And it’s fun to get a peek into a variety of homes with their regular “House Tour” posts and mini “House Call” features. Apartment Therapy is only about 10 years old, but it’s definitely an interior design staple.
2. Inhabitat focuses on sustainable design and building, particularly the evolution of eco-friendly practices. We at Cascade Coil love environmentally friendly design — our Serenity Shower Curtain is 100% recyclable! — so this one is often clicked in our RSS reader.
3. Design Milk centers on modern design. Modern interior design and furniture, of course, but also art, fashion, technology, and architecture. Every Thursday, they post the column Skim Milk about modern minimalist design.
4. Decoholic’s Melina Divani is addicted to decorating. The site launched in 2011 and includes categories so you can browse by room, including kids’ rooms and small apartments.
5. Dwell: Dwell Magazine started almost 15 years ago with the belief that modern design shouldn’t be impossibly pristine; it should look like you can actually live there. In addition to posts and slideshows on their site, Dwell sells modern furnishings in its online store.
6. Decoist is light on text, preferring to let photos do all the talking. And talk they do. This six-year-old site challenges you to dream bigger, covering luxury homes and dwellings all over the world.
7. Dezeen is a little cluttered and busy for a site about design, but its undeniably comprehensive. Dezeen covers design industry news, projects, and stories, and it even has its own jobs board. The site also posts updates on well-designed technology and architecture.
8. Interiors and Sources: Admittedly, this is more of an industry pick than a how-to-rearrange-your-living-room site. But it’s chock full of the latest interior design news. We were fans even before they published a Q&A with our coiled wire fabric.
9. Elements of Style: Erin Gates is a designer who started the Elements of Style blog and then wrote a New York Times-bestselling book of the same name. Her chic site blends interior design observations with fashion musings, inspirational photos, and trends to watch (like faded Persian rugs).
10. Freshome takes a thoughtful approach to design with blog post titles like “How Modern Transit and Highways Affect Property Values” and “How to Decide Between Hiring an Architect or a Designer.” Their blend of explainers, how-tos, and captivating photos makes it extremely accessible.
Under the Radar
If you’re tired of reading the same old blogs, try these to get out of your comfort zone. Who knows, you just might find a new favorite.
11. Leibel serves almost as a portfolio for designers, with profiles of expertly designed homes and commercial buildings. It’s an homage to modern minimalism.
12. Sarah Sarna’s decor posts: Sarna is a Manhattan interior designer turned full-time blogger. She and her staff also cover fashion, food, and beauty, but her home decor slideshows really shine — like this one on kitchen trends for 2015 or this one on walk-in shower ideas.
13. A Merry Mishap is another design site all about minimalism. As you scroll down, all you see is white space, gigantic photos, and a bit of text. The Nordic-inspired blog is easy on the eyes, with lots of neutral interiors.
14. The Cozy Minimalist was born when its founder kept seeing stark, cold minimalist interior design blogs. Simple, clean design doesn’t have to be isolating and unfriendly, she thought. This relatively new blog has some great inspiration for practical, realistic, and warm minimalism (with slightly more color than the previous two blogs).
15. Contemporist focuses on contemporary design and architecture, with posts about art and travel too. We love its simple, streamlined design and huge photos. This 360-degree custom gas fireplace is especially impressive.
16. The Perfect Bath: Yes, a blog devoted entirely to bathrooms! Barbara Sallick, cofounder of luxury bath design company Waterworks, writes The Perfect Bath. She offers 2015 bathroom tips right there in the sidebar: Use gray as a neutral, try unlacquered brass, look to fashion for inspiration, and so forth.
17. The English Room: If you’re tired of all the white and gray, The English Room will give you a happy splash of color. Designer Holly Hollingsworth Phillips describes her style as “elegant, eclectic, and colorful.”
18. Architecture Art Design: This site is more of an industry insider’s take on the design world. Architecture and interior design are covered, of course, but so is product design. AAD is a great one for those who work in those fields, as well as graphic designers and art students.
19. Stroke of Luxe: Lisa McGough is an interior designer who loves luxury. Her blog features gorgeous photos and inspirational quotes.
20. Savvy Home: This Australian-Canadian design blog launched in 2010. Savvy Home is not only beautifully designed but posts weekly link roundups with the inside scoop on home decor news. Lots of bright colors and hints of a tropical vibe.
Hopefully you discovered a few new blogs. Add them to your favorite RSS reader, and you’ll never be bored when you have time to kill.
Now it’s your turn! What interior design blogs do you love? Tell us below.
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