From what I’ve seen online recently, a lot of people seem to be redesigning their interiors, whether that’s rearranging furniture and picking up some new cushions, or knocking down walls and restructuring an entire house. Maybe it’s the change in season; maybe it’s the humble blogger’s undying love for Pinterest – the newfound motivation to refresh our surroundings is pretty exciting – even the slightest detail can really make a difference to your space and your mindset.
If you’re looking to give your space a makeover but you’re overwhelmed by the number of Instagram accounts out there and don’t know where to begin, there is no need! I’ve put together a list of my favourite places to look for interior inspiration, no matter your style and taste.
First up is a pretty obvious one, but I thought I’d add it to the mix anyway, because let’s face it – it’s an inspo-must-have. If you’re looking to get some new ideas as to how to navigate your space, Pinterest – the aforementioned go-to – is your new best friend. Create as many boards as you find helpful in categorising your interior, whether that’s room-by-room or mood-by-mood, and scroll to your heart’s content. Make sure to pin any images to the appropriate board, but don’t feel that you need to like every element of the photo to keep it. Keeping track of even the smallest details that catch your eye will really help you to establish the vibe you’re naturally drawn to, alongside your creative colour palette and material choices. Here’s the link to mine!
Next up is someone synonymous with interior style, the wonderful Kate Watson-Smyth, aka Mad About The House. Endlessly stylish interiors journalist and writer Kate has an award-winning website and an enviable eye for style. Her book, Mad About The House: How to Decorate Your Home with Style is an essential for all things interiors, from discovering your own taste and planning out renovations to the kick up the arse you needed to do what you really want with your space. You’re living in it – it’s worth making sure it brings out the best in you. Kate’s Instagram is beautifully curated too, with flawless, Pinterest-worthy snaps of her own living spaces too.
Do not underestimate the blogger (this won’t be the only post where I write that, but it’s particularly pertinent to this one)! No matter what they actually write about, if you like the mood of their blog and the photos they post, have a look through and figure out what it is that draws you to them. This applies to every recommendation, actually: throughout your research, be consistent in writing down any colours, materials, textures, vibes, details, accents, lighting, temperatures, moods conveyed that appeal to you. This could be in the form of the Notes section on your phone, or in a carefully designed mindmap. Spend as long as you need getting your thoughts down, because it’s always easier to sort through them when they’re visual and somewhat tangible.
Here are some of my favourite interior blogs (click on any image to see their full site)!
Speaking of blogs, one place that I find incredibly helpful and painfully underestimated is the ‘Blog’ section of brand websites. Whether they sell interiors or clothing, a photoshoot takes place somewhere. Whilst brands like Zara often use a white backdrop, there are plenty of others who utilise their background as a means by which to enhance their style (hello Anthropologie and Oliver Bonas!). Many brands actually use their blog as a moodboard, curating photos of people, pieces and places that inspire them. Use their visual research as a tool for your own.
Finally, I would also suggest that you look at the social media accounts for cafes and restaurants that you enjoy spending time in, or whose vibe resonates with you. These places are built created with the intention to provide somewhere that people can feel comfortable, inspired and social, three qualities much like those of a home interior. Cafes in particular often revolve around the concept of bringing people together, which is a good place to start when figuring out the style of your home.
Click on any image to see its official site!
Where are your go-to places for interior inspiration?
featured image: Happy Grey Lucky
photos are from my Pinterest ‘Interiors’ board, where their sources are available.
Kate Watson-Smyth portrait by Trouva