There are many decisions to make when you’re building a home. It’s an exciting process, but it can easily become overwhelming. This is the home you’ll be living in for years to come, and the last thing you want is to create a design you’ll regret down the road.
The decisions you make now will affect your comfort and your property values for decades. So you’ll probably be researching design ideas extensively before you set anything in stone. You have to figure out what you like and what might drive you crazy if it’s in your house.
The challenge becomes easier if you visit a variety of places for inspiration. Here are some of the best stops.
There’s a wealth of photo-rich inspiration on Pinterest that will help you scout out your favorite designs and remember them in the future. By putting together a home design board, you can compare and contrast designs and use your boards when discussing plans with the architect and interior designer.
Few sources of home design inspiration can beat cable shows like Fixer Upper, Love It or List It, and Property Brothers. On HGTV, you’ll see work from some of the most renowned home designers in the world, which will surely broaden your horizons when it comes to things like space planning, home décor, landscaping, and siding. You’ll learn more about building houses, which can be incredibly useful for planning your budget and your space.
3. Home Décor Blogs
Subscribe to a few home décor blogs while you’re designing your home. The subscriptions are free, and they’ll ensure you get your daily dose of home design inspiration. Some of the most popular home décor blogs include HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Bumble at Home, A Library of Design, and The Peak of Chic.
4. Books at the Library
You might have forgotten that libraries exist now that we have so much online help at our fingers. But libraries are still very much in operation, and they can be an extremely useful tool. Not all the information in books has made its way to the Internet. Hit the stacks and rummage through a few home design books. You’ll get inspiration from all the pictures and possibly learn a thing or two about home design while you’re at it.
5. Historic Town Districts
The “Old Town” of your city is a great place to take a walk and view some unique structural designs. Take a camera or a sketchbook and capture images of the structures that catch your fancy. Your architect can use those images for guidance when he or she starts to design your home.
Restaurants today are updating their atmosphere to create a more modern, sometimes even industrial, feel both on the inside and out. Restaurants can be a great place to get a few architectural ideas.
If you don’t like the modern, industrial feel, you can still get insights from local restaurants. Try visiting coffee shops and diners if you’re looking for a more homey, comfortable look for your home.
7. Worldwide Architecture
There’s an architectural style somewhere in the world that will match your interests. From art deco to minimalism and everything in between, you’re sure to find great inspiration for your dream home. Flip through history books, National Geographic magazines, and architectural catalogues to see some of the world’s most famous architecture. You might just find something you love.
People often take photographs of buildings and post them to social media, display them at art galleries, or sell them to magazines. These photos can offer ideas for your new home and help you to plan things the way you’ll love them.
9. Social Media
Aside from Pinterest, other social media networks can offer great inspiration for home design. Facebook, for example, may provide a wealth of knowledge, from viral blog posts to user images and home construction pages. Instagram is also a worthwhile stop and shop for great design. Because it’s made up entirely of images and videos, you’re likely to find imagery of amazing houses, which could boost your design process.
There are thousands of things that could inspire you just in your own backyard. Birds, trees, bugs, mountains, valleys, water bodies … the sky’s the limit here. The more time you spend enjoying nature, the more likely you are to emerge with grand ideas about such elements as textures, shapes, colors, and structure of your new home.
See the home designs of the world. Every country and region around the world has its own architecture and design elements that differ from the rest. Some will undoubtedly be too unusual for you, but others may speak to you and broaden your horizons.
12. Movie and TV Sets
Most television shows use the same set for every episode they shoot. Movies use a greater variety, but all of them display a variety of design styles. As you study these dramatic layouts, jot down details you might like to use in your own home.
13. Take a Drive
Hop in the car and cruise around the neighborhood. You’ll see an assortment of houses from which you can glean ideas. Some homes will be cookie-cutter in style and others will sport their own flare to stand out from those around them. Which would you prefer? Take photographs of things you like.
14. Dentist/Doctor’s Offices
Have you noticed that more and more doctors and dentists are settling into residential structures that have been converted to offices? Not only do the exteriors have a nice homey feel, but the interior architecture and design are calculated to help you relax and enjoy your visit. Though you probably don’t want your home to remind you of a doctor’s office, there may be some elements that appeal to you.
15. Antique Stores
Sometimes a perfect antique item can lead to a great design, both inside and out. Antiques can feature their own unique beauty, so if you’re looking to do something that will stand out a little, you might find the revelation you seek in one of these little shops.
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