6 Best Online Decorating Magazines
Decorating and organizing a small space doesn’t have to be impossible…you just have to know where to look.
I’ve been a decorating magazine hoarder for years!
Honestly, I have stacks of magazines everywhere in my home…on chairs, tables, on the floor…and I love nothing better than to curl up on a couch or chair and read them over and over.
Each time through an edition, I’m looking for something different. Maybe a wall color or a certain piece of furniture or a way to repurpose something I already have.
Nowadays, there are editions of my favorite magazines online! So I just find the website for whatever magazine I’m into at the time and bookmark it for easy reference.
There are so many resources out in cyberspace that give excellent advice and that tweak your decorating creativity.
Here are links to a few of my favorite online resources:
This Old House
I often find doable tips and smart ideas from This Old House, one of the original home decorating and remodeling shows and magazines.
For example, a recent website article, 11 Foolproof Decorating Tips suggests
…if you have two small rooms next to each other, painting them the same neutral color helps them feel larger.
Look at a paint strip and move up or down a shade or two for a subtle variation from room to room, suggests Allen-Brett.
One of their best ideas (that I always recommend) is to use area rugs to define a space.
Place at least the two front legs of the couch and chairs on the rug. And be sure the rug is large enough for the conversation grouping.
Another tip from this article is about hanging artwork on your walls.
You should hang artwork at eye level but if your family includes tall people AND short people, average the two!
I have to think about this, often, because I’m short so I place my artwork a little higher than my eye level. Works just fine!
I’ve been getting House Beautiful Magazine for years and years. I love that magazine. House Beautiful online is just as amazing!
For example, here’s a story about how an architect in Australia designed an amazing home in 300 square feet. Talk about using every possible inch…this guy did it right.
It’s all about Living Big in a Small Space.
Or you can watch the YouTube video…same story.
In my post How to Personalize a Small Space Rental, I’ve included a video from Apartment Therapy showing two apartments with identical layouts but totally different vibes.
Apartment Therapy is one of my favorite decorating sites simply because it encompasses such a wide variety of decorating dilemmas…not just small space decor.
There never was a print version of the magazine but Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, a co-founder of the website, has authored several books including Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small Cool Spaces where he shares “forty small, cool spaces that will change your thinking, forever.” Now, that’s intriguing!
Another fabulous site for decorating ideas is Pinterest.
Seriously, if you need ideas for holiday decor or bathroom vanities or gardening in a small space, Pinterest is a great place to search. No print magazine…yet.
Even if you don’t need decorating ideas, you’ll find all sorts of hints, tips and solutions for healthy recipes or funny quotes, craft ideas, wall art, home based business ideas…you name it and I’ll bet you’ll find just what you’re looking for.
If you haven’t already, consider joining Pinterest…you can create your own Boards and save your favorite ideas from other Pinterest friends.
The first decorating site I joined was Houzz.
Houzz has thousands of decorating and DIY ideas for homes and gardens both large and small. There never was a print version of Houzz so I don’t have stacks of back issues all over my house!
But this online magazine is chock full of the best of decorating. There are videos, a forum where you can ask questions and share with other readers.
Create your own Ideabooks and save the ideas you love in whatever categories you choose.
Here’s a link to My Houzz Ideabooks. The picture here is one I saved to my Gardens Ideabook.
I have 25 Ideabooks covering every room in the house, holiday ideas, flooring, lighting…you name it! It’s a fabulous resource when I’m ready to try something new.
Better Homes and Gardens
Better Homes and Gardens magazine is a favorite for multiple reasons…great recipes, all sorts of human interest stories and each issue usually focuses on a particular home improvement or decorating topic.
So the online magazine is an expanded version with tons more ideas on just about every home living topic you can imagine. My immediate go-to is the Decorating Section on the Better Homes and Gardens site.
You can choose between a bunch of tabs…
- STORAGE SOLUTIONS
- CHOOSING COLOR
- SMALL SPACES
- HOME MAKEOVERS
- LIVING ROOM
- KITCHEN STYLES
- CHEAP DECORATING IDEAS
- COLOR FINDER
There are many more online resources that I haven’t touched on but will add them from time to time. But check out these links and please let me know your thoughts.
My Magazine Subscription Library
If you’re like me, you love leafing through decorating magazines. I cannot tell you how many decorating magazines I have and some of them are several years old. “Why,” you ask?
Well, each time I read one of them I find a great idea that I didn’t notice before.
I might be looking for lamps or rugs or centerpiece ideas. I might be looking for color schemes or kitchen ideas.
Or I might just be looking for something to post on this blog! A good story about how someone solved a decorating dilemma.
As I mentioned earlier, House Beautiful is one of my all-time favorite decorating magazines. They do a great job of keeping trends down to earth and doable. I totally get my money’s worth each time I renew my subscription.
My other favorites include:
Anywhere I can find great ideas for updating my home or going in a totally different direction, whether it’s online or in a magazine, I’ll be there.
The resources available for sprucing up a home or apartment are endless. Most decorating sites and magazines are filled with ideas for all homes.
These days, with smaller homes being so popular, there are articles galore (online or in print) on how to decorate a small space.
Let me know if any of these sites or magazines are favorites of yours, as well. If you have other favorite decorating sites, I’d love to include them so leave a comment or send me an email.
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