5 Unique Ways To Find Design Inspiration For Your Home

by Admin April 8, 2024

Whether you’re staging your home for sale or you’re getting a little bored of your current interior, you might be wondering where to start looking for new ideas.

The good news is that there are plenty of unique ways to find design inspiration other than in magazines or on Pinterest.

So if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of great designs available online and having a hard time narrowing things down, having more specific places to look can be useful, especially if you’re designing or redesigning your home for a particular purpose.

1. Look at successful Airbnbs

Airbnbs are known for having eye-catching and unique designs. To find inspiration from an assortment of listings from different countries and cities, look for the ‘Places to stay around the world’ section on their homepage.

Dreamy Tropical Tree House in Fern Forest | Source: Airbnb.
Dreamy Tropical Tree House in Fern Forest | Source: Airbnb

It makes even more sense to look for design inspiration from successful listings. If you’re keen to rent your place on Airbnb. On top of looking at inspiration from all over the world, it’s also important to look at listings in your local area to get a grasp on which designs are doing well. It will also help you design a unique ‘home away from home’ so that you can stand out from the crowd.

2. Go to furniture and home department stores

Furniture and home department stores rely on visual merchandising to encourage customers to buy their products. This means they often spend a lot of time making sure their displays are designed well. If you’re looking for an adventure, you might even want to spend time looking in your nearby furniture stores. This would make a great weekend activity if you’re redesigning with a partner or with your family.

Source: Temple & Webster
Source: Zanui
Source: Temple & Webster

If you’d rather browse through some design inspiration from the comfort of your own home, many furniture, and home department stores will also have great websites to review for online inspiration..

3. Look at interior design and home staging sites

If you’re looking to take your home design to the next level, looking at interior design websites can help you to narrow down the style you’re going for.

On a similar note, portfolios from home stagers and home staging agencies are another great source of inspiration Home staging intends to appeal to the widest range of people, meaning that even if you aren’t looking to sell your home any time soon, you might find value from their work if you’re hoping to please a large family or group of housemates.

4. Look at recently sold listings in your area

If you are looking to redesign your home because you’re putting it on the market, a great place to look is on the recently sold sections on property listing websites. This will give you an idea of the type of lifestyle people in your area are aiming for and the types of listings that have been successful.

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5. Go to open houses and model homes

Going to open homes and auctions is another option to look for interior design inspiration. Even if you aren’t in the market for a property, heading to Saturday afternoon open houses is a great way to see what the market is like. If you’re selling, you’ll also be able to scope out your competition.

Going to open houses and model homes might also be a great way to find out what potential buyers in your area really like. You might overhear some opinions or you could strike up a friendly conversation to ask a few questions. This is definitely one of the most out-there ways to find design inspiration for your home, however, it could be quite fun!

Looking for design inspiration is the first step to a new home you’ll love or a way to make your current home more loveable! So even if it feels a little overwhelming, finding new and exciting ways to figure out what you like, no matter what they are, will definitely make the process easier.


Interior Designers Institute was founded in 1984 and is one of the few Interior Design Schools in California offering an Avocational Certificate Course, Associate of Arts Degree in Interior Design, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design, and Master of Interior Architecture Degree and is nationally accredited and also accredited by CIDA, Council for Interior Design Accreditation.