How to use social media for home inspiration
There’s no better place for interior design home inspiration than social media.
With so many channels offering visual ideas, you’re spoilt for choice on how you can give your home a desired makeover. It just so happens that social media is all for home décor on a budget too – there’s endless information on DIY hacks, saving the pennies and getting stunning results on the cheap.
The big two
Pinterest has to be the biggest social media channel dedicated to home inspiration. The “world’s catalogue of ideas” is full of Ikea hacks and room inspiration with 150 million monthly users pinning five million home décor images every day. Search for what you’re looking (it doesn’t have to be fancy – “box room ideas” and “kitchen tiles” all pull up inspiring results) and pin what you like to creative boards for each room in your house. You can even install a ‘pin it’ button on your internet browser to save images whilst browsing online!
Instagram is a great place for decorating inspiration which can be easily be applied to your own home with a bit of creativity. Search hashtags such as #InteriorDesign #HomeDecor and #UpCycle, or if you are after a specific style, terms including #CountryKitchen and #VictorianHouse provide great results. Alternatively, you can follow popular interior design accounts – My Scandinavian Home and Living ETC are perfect for more refined ideas.
There’s an app for that
Apps are a great source for home décor inspiration, especially for those who want to save money. Similar to Pinterest, Houzz is an inspiration app but dedicated solely to interiors. It has the added bonus of users being able to ask interior designers how they achieved certain styles and where they sourced furniture, as well other important information including fittings and measurements. Houzz also has a very helpful directory for professionals and tradespeople.
Brands on board
Our favourite high street brands are all over social media for home inspiration and décor planning. If you’re struggling to find the perfect wall colour to match your newly laid carpet, we’re certain that the Dulux Visualizer App will be your new best friend. Just snap a photo of a colour you like (it could be anything from a cushion to a dress) and the visualizer will find the exact paint or closest match.
#MyDFS is a great content gallery on the DFS website to have a nosy on how other people have styled their sofas in real spaces. It can often be hard to visualise how larger pieces of furniture will sit, especially in living rooms that are on the smaller side. DFS have saved the day.
Blogs on budget
Blogs are a great source of interior home inspiration and advice. One of our favourites is Mad About The House written by award-winning journalist Kate Watson-Smyth. It’s a lifestyle and interiors-focussed blog “sourcing everything you need for your home”. There’s a directory of where to source bargain treasures, budgeting advice, with recent posts including how to plan your decorating budget and The Househunter (for those who want to peek at houses currently on the market)
Other great blog reads include Love Chic Living, written by interior designer Jen Stanbrook which provides inspiration on how to style the family home. Topology London is another new budget-friendly blog which features interior design ideas, house tours and home ware hauls from high street stores like Matalan and Next for beautiful homes without breaking the bank.
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