Find Decorating Inspiration Online

November 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm , by

Whenever I feel like my apartment needs a change—which, I’ll admit, happens pretty often—I always turn to home décor websites for inspiration. The beautiful photos and products always give me great ideas that I can reinvent to fit my space and style. There are dozens of sites to choose from, and sifting through all the options can be overwhelming. To get you started, here are several of my tried-and-true favorites:

Apartment Therapy

ApartmentTherapy.com provides a mix of house tours, product guides, and decorating and entertaining tips (the House Tours are my favorite: there’s something so cool about getting a peek into people’s homes, especially because they’re usually incredibly stylish). Apartment Therapy readers are a passionate crowd, so the Comments section on almost every post provides a second level of content that’s great for finding new ideas. And posts are added continually throughout the day, meaning there’s something new to read every time you visit.

Lonny

Lonny is relatively new—it launched in October 2009—but it’s already gained a substantial following. Check out the site, and you’ll see why: in addition to slideshows and a blog, the Lonny team publishes a (free!) bimonthly online magazine. The October/November issue includes a holiday gift guide, staff picks, and features on designer homes. While the Lonny staff’s taste is decidedly high-end, page after page of beautiful interiors will give you plenty of inspiration. Plus, the magazine is filled with links, making most of the featured items only a click away (just in case you’re in the mood for a splurge).

Design*Sponge

Much like Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge provides a wealth of home decorating ideas with daily updates. The site goes beyond house tours and product guides with regular features on DIY projects, before and after furniture and room makeovers, recipes, city guides, and videos and podcasts. Design*Sponge has a whimsical feel: Living In posts, for example, feature groups of products inspired by movies (the photo at right is from Living In: Love Story). Be sure to check out the Guest Blog section: it’s a great way to discover up-and-coming lifestyle sites, and visiting bloggers bring fresh ideas that complement Design*Sponge’s core content.

Domino

Once a cult favorite, Domino magazine folded back in May 2009. But luckily for devotees like me, some of its content is still available. The Domino magazine archives are now posted on Brides.com.

Of course, you should also check out the sites of our decorating-focused sister magazines for slideshows and galleries of beautiful rooms from past issues:

Better Homes and GardensDecorating Gallery

Traditional Home, which features enviable homes and kitchens, and great ideas from their showhouses.

Tell us about your favorite home-focused website in the comments.