Beautify Your Home with Free Expert Advice
Whether you’re excited by Country French, Italian Farmhouse or Urban Chic, sometimes you know exactly what you want in your home and sometimes you need advice. But before you shell out the cash for an expert consultation, we thought you should learn about several ways to get free advice from the pros without opening up your wallet.
Here are three of our favorite idea barns just waiting for you to take advantage of them without cost. If you need further advice from a pro, you’ll be all the more knowledgeable as a consumer and sure to get exactly the look you want.
1. Houzz.com: Houzz is a pretty darn comprehensive site. It includes more than 600,000 photos for home design of everything from small kitchens to pergolas, and our personal favorite – wine cellars. You can create your own “ideabook” by marking images that capture your fancy. Look through ideabooks created by others and discuss your design dilemmas and other issues in the discussions within the Houzz community. If you do decide you want some help from a pro, Houzz offers listings for over 1 million professionals for everything from architecture & design to tile and window coverings. A great big resource, free for the asking.
2. Freshome.com: With a focus on innovative design and architecture, Freshome gives a global perspective to living spaces. Ideas are presented for apartments and homes, including individual rooms like the kitchen, living room and bath. Many of the ideas come from a global perspective, such as recent items like “pure interior design eclecticism inspired by Brazilian culture” and “30 beautiful & modern Swedish bedroom designs.” The idea sources have a broad range, range from the latest high-end Italian designer to best IKEA ideas. From how to use colors and textures for best effect to how to create a multifunctional master bedroom closet, there is a lot to consider.
3. HGTV.com: The website companion to the ultimate home DIY cable channel, there is a lot of expert advice here for you to dive into. Decorating ideas, designer room examples (in the thousands) even categorized by styles or colors to make it easy to find if you have some ideas already brewing. There are designer portfolios and ideas for your outdoor spaces as well. One fun area that is lots of fun is a “Rate My Space” section, where you can see what other folks have been doing in their homes and give them a rating based on how much (or how little) you like what they’ve done. They have plenty of photos and talk about design trends and also hook you up with appropriate products, should you seek them.
There are plenty of other places to get free ideas, including neighbors, family and friends. But when you want to get advice from the pros, we like turning to these resources first. They can save you time and money, and help you get a handle on how to take your home from drab to fab in no time flat!