Not everyone has the time to go to school to learn the basics of decorating. And depending on what you'd like to do as a decorator, not everyone has the need. But for those of us who have the eye, but not necessarily the know-how to design the interiors that we'd love to live in, there are numerous online resources that can give you more than enough information to get you on your way. With these great online sources, anyone can learn about the basics of decorating while finding wonderful inspiration for their first design project.
If you have no clue about choosing furniture, selecting color, or what style of decorating you like, help is at your fingertips.
If you know just what you like but not how to bring the look to your home, you'll find photos, tutorials, and helpful advice about decorating for just the right look.
Sitting at your computer, you'll find loads of information without ever setting foot inside a classroom. Whether you need ideas, color suggestions, or instructions on ways to do things, just get "web surfing."
About.com's site for Interior Decorating
Of course, we think you're already at the first stop. Here at About.com's site for Interior Decorating we've tried to put together a lot of information to answer just about every question you might have. And we add more information all the time. But if you're not finding what you need, check out some of these other sites.
About.com Style Guides
Our own site has a section on Style Guides for Home Interiors. Learn what goes into making a comfortable Shabby Chic® bedroom or a French Country dining room. You'll have fun deciding what style you like and learn how to bring the different elements into your rooms on any budget.
About.com site for Furniture
One of the main elements of interior decorating is Furniture and Fred Albert has articles about arranging furniture, choosing good design, and finding great pieces on a budget, among many others.
Of course, if you can't find everything that you're looking for here with us, there's any number of other great sites to visit that might just have what you're looking for. Here's a few of my personal favorites:
One of my favorite sites is Waverly, where you'll find interesting how-tos for every room in the house. You can learn everything from arranging furniture or how to display accessories. Have fun searching through this site for good information on basic design principles.
If you love beautiful homes, you probably watch HGTV. And you'll probably love their website with articles, tutorials, and information about home decorating. Link to the shows you like best and get help from your favorite television personalities.
Home Style Expert
This UK site has photos of decorated spaces and offers articles and inspiration on how to achieve a beautiful home. Information includes lighting, accents, first home decorating, kitchen style, and outdoor living.
You can find good information about decorating basics from iVillage. Learn everything from covering a chair with toweling to how to etch a dining room table. If none of these projects is what you're looking for, check out some of the others.
For directions on how to do almost anything, eHow.com might be just what you're looking for. From making a padded headboard to choosing color or painting molding, this site is full of helpful tutorials, some with illustrations.
If you can stand all the advertising, bhg.com is a great resource for decorating ideas, tutorials, and fun projects. Their editorial staff is very knowledgeable and keeps decorating suggestions within the realm of the average homeowner. Their weekly newsletter leads you directly to up-to-date articles.
So get onto the internet and take some interesting classes in Interior Decorating. You can do it in your pajamas if you want, and you'll learn all the basics. Have fun!