5 Ways To Find Home Decor Inspiration

One of the most difficult things about decorating your home is often coming up with decor ideas.  Inspiring ideas  look great and can transform your home from mediocre to something that is so impressive that everyone will want to copy your style.  I know many of us spend a lot of time watching shows on HGTV and getting inspired by home makeovers. I also love visiting other blogs for a different perspective in seasonal decor.   Today let’s look at other ways to find home decor ideas that rock…

  1. Pinterest


When I’m looking for inspiration for…well pretty much anything creative, I find that Pinterest is one of my go-to places. What is Pinterest? It’s basically a social media site that enables even new users like Edward Harner, who has some great interior ideas, by the way, to create idea boards. Boards can feature styles, designs, and projects that you either love or have carried out for youself. By looking at other people’s pins you can find a huge amount of inspiration that could help you transform your own home.  I love this pin for a laundry waterfall counter for $90!


$90 DIY Plywood Waterfall Countertop Tutorial  Vintage Revivals

Photo via Vintage Revival




  1. Magazines


There are many magazines, like Better Homes and Gardens, that focus on interior design and ideas to create beauty in your home and garden.  They are an obvious source of inspiration, and often they share the current trends and what is new in design.  Sometimes magazines give you a glimpse into the homes of the rich, famous, artistic, and talented, which means you get exposure to a lot of design ideas that you might not see elsewhere, and they can be some of the most interesting and unusual around. 




Photo via Better Homes & Garden




  1. Photos & Paintings


Paintings and artworks can also be a good source of home decor ideas. Particularly in terms of coming up with a great color scheme. Artists understand color completely and they use it very effectively to create a particular tone or mood, so if you’re stuck on choosing the right color palette for your next home renovation project, don’t visit the hardware store – visit an art gallery or two instead. Find paintings or photos you’re drawn to and base your color scheme on the palette the artist has chosen and you won’t go wrong. For example, I shared a fun visit to the Art in the Park, Plymouth, Michigan several years ago.




garden sign

Art In The Park




  1. Antiques and thrift stores


Antiques and thrift stores are often packed with interesting items of furniture which could easily spark off a home decor idea or two for you. Several years ago, I found an amazing vintage lamp filled with sea shells that I just had to bring home. It can really define a whole room  and I design around it. Even something as simple as a pair of vintage curtains can give you more ideas than you would think possible. Even if you don’t end up buying anything, you’ll certainly be exposed to pretty much every facet of home decor, which is always fun. Remember it’s okay to mix new and vintage. Personally I like it better than all new or all old.



vintage bedroom

Photo via The Spruce – Vintage Bedroom Decorating



  1. Famous Houses


There are so many famous houses that are interesting either architecturally, because of their design, or because of the interesting people who lived in them.  You can visit many in the USA and around the world. Tour as many of them as you can and you’ll get a much better feel for home design and history.  Most of us do not want to live an 18th century home, but we can be inspired by some aspect of the home design.  Wallpaper is just one example of inspiration that you can translate to your 21st century home.  Several years ago I shared a visit to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.  Henry Ford began collecting birth homes of famous Americans so they would not be lost to future generations.  He created a large park next to the Henry Ford Museum called Greenfield Village.  Want to visit Noah Webster’s home?  How about the Wright Brothers?  I love Edison’s New Jersey lab which was moved and rebuilt at Greenfield Village.



Henry Ford Childhood Home

Greenfield Village





Feeling inspired?













This is a collaborative post, but all opinions are my own.


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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

11 thoughts to “5 Ways To Find Home Decor Inspiration”

  1. These are all terrific spots to find motivation, Carol! I can’t cope with Pinterest but your others hit a home run with me!

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