Best Home Décor Inspiration Websites For First Time Home Owners
Know that while Scandinavian homes are all the rage, IKEA catalogue booklets are not the only source of inspiration to turn your house into a work of art. You can browse them, and then you can continue browsing these top home specialist websites for a wider scope of ideas. You are going to be spending a lot –and we mean a lot—of time in your new pad, so the designs have to be something you don’t just like. You have to absolutely love it.
Based on the sheer number of visuals, hacks and portfolios on these seven sites, you’ll find yourself undecided between a great many loves.
Qanvast are the guys that will colour up the blank canvas that is your new home. They seek to accomplish that through beautiful galleries of featured renovation projects, which details full info like location, price and apartment type. Like our comparison service at GoBear, they also recommend the most suitable interior designers for you based on the housing details that you input. Getting a suggested quote for the idea you have in mind is free. Moreover, if you are to shop for furnishings through Qanvast, you can qualify for cashbacks. Home owners who prefer to get a little more hands-on can find tips, tricks and guides in the website’s bank of useful articles. For instance, you can find a very detailed home renovation pricing guide, so you don’t have to waste your time requesting quotes from individual firms.
When in doubt, just ask, right? That’s why Qanvast has a live chat widget at the bottom right, where a representative will answer any home renovation questions you might have.
Lookbox Living has both print and digital publications to keep the interior designer in you busy. From home bars and colored themes to styling and space enhancing cheats, it has all kinds of curated advice pieces that make it the go-to home interior portal it proudly stands for. To make it easier for you to grab the right ideas for your home, all features have been categorised into the appropriate apartment type (e.g. 3-room flat, studio, condo). The regular news updates would keep you abreast of the latest design projects and lifestyle happenings, and also connect you to new designers on the rise.
Judging from the appearance of the home page, SquareRooms seems to be a huge advocate of clean minimalistic homes. But after scrutinising the visual spreads of home spaces in Singapore, you would realise that it is also big on practicality without compromising on sexiness. Less is indeed more.
First-time home owners, you are in for a treat. SquareRooms has a special home starter kit in the digital magazine dedicated just for you guys. In it you’ll find much needed solutions on how to hunt and finance your new home, along with reliable renovation ideas to start you off.
If you aren’t already following, SquareRooms’ Instagram has quite a number of double-tap-worthy shots that could serve as yet another platform of inspiration.
For those who are foreign to Mandarin, Taobao translates into ‘looking for treasures’. The way we look at it, it does come across a treasure trove large enough to occupy an entire province of China. Many peg it as the one-stop shop to ship over all kinds of knick-knacks on the cheap. Think bridesmaid dresses, but without the price tag of haute couture. Similarly, you can also find home furnishings on the cheap. Taobao Hacks is a sidebar that collates ‘The Best Of’ purchases for various categories and you can online shop the likes of leather furniture, desktop accessories, bathroom installations, kitchenware and more.
Trusted names like IKEA and Crate & Barrel may be great for physical shopping, but the Chinese are really hacking into the interior design parade with e-commerce. First-time home owners in desperate need of a statement piece might just find something after a few clicks on Taobao Hacks.
Home & Decor Singapore
Home & Decor, coming in both print and online, boasts one of the widest circulations among the city dwellers. It is thus par for the course that they have comprehensive editorial features ranging from big picture ideas right down to the little details. Among them, you will find their ‘House Tour’ series that sometimes puts the spotlight on local celebrities and their drool-inducing homes (who knew Wushu champ Vincent Ng puts up at a smashing Sentosa Cove bachelor pad?).
Instead of getting technical on interior design, Home & Decor weaves in lifestyle bits to appeal to the heartlanders. Take the bedroom; they might have the expertise on how to apply the right hues and the kind of lighting that would enhance the whole shebang, but they would also drop simple tweaks on how to get a better night’s sleep. First-time home owners sure have plenty to work with here.
If you don’t know where to start, one of the best ways is to take a cue from someone who has already been there, done that. Houzz is a home décor platform that connects fresh homeowners to professionals who know exactly what they are doing. After selecting your country of residence, the website displays a huge library of existing home design illustrations which you can save and show to your ID. All featured homes can be filtered by the type of living space and stylistics to optimise your search.