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5 Places to Look for Renovation Inspiration and Advice

It is a great feeling to finally have a place to call your own. The freedom to transform an empty space into your dream haven is a challenging but ultimately satisfying process. Aside from excitement, some may also feel anxious and clueless as to what to begin with. It definitely doesn’t help that the Internet is a vast ocean of information, potentially making the research process a long and tedious one. So, where exactly can you look for renovation inspirations and solid advice? In this post, we will be sharing how you can get access to relevant information at the touch of your fingertips.


This kitchen features a collection of matte white cabinets donning hardware in a beautiful shade of brass. To add some desired contrast, black kitchen accessories were purposefully arranged throughout the space, completed with a matte black gooseneck faucet. The white marble countertops also elevated the entire look by introducing texture to the kitchen.

1. Make Pinterest your BFF

Having gained the reputation for being one of the best sources for amazing inspiration and design ideas, Pinterest is no stranger to most of us. Known as the “Google of pictures”, Pinterest is all about visual search which makes it perfect for interior design inspiration! Not just that, the quality of content is at least a notch up from a random search on Google. This helps to reduce the time and effort required to find the pictures you want, who wouldn’t want that? And if you spot something that catches your fancy, simply “save” it to your Pinterest board!


An unique TV feature wall that features a beautiful curve at the side and equipped with backlights. This provides soft ambient lighting and helps add interest to an otherwise ordinary wall. The blinds were also chosen for its ability to filter light in while providing privacy.

2. Hear what the local renovation community groups have to say

Local renovation groups on Facebook and Telegram are also places where you can get amazing advice. These communities are passionate about sharing their experiences and tips on all things related to home renovation which can help those who are about to embark on their own renovation journeys. Importantly, this can also help homeowners avoid any potential pitfalls when designing their home!


To portray a consistent theme, brass fixtures and ornaments were carefully curated and placed around the house in the form of wall decor, coffee table and pendant lights.

3. Follow relevant threads on Reddit

Reddit may seem like an unexpected platform to look for renovation advice, however, it is in fact, one of the best places to look for reviews and personal recounts that are not just honest, but brutally honest. It is where people really spill the tea, detailing their negative experiences with a particular firm or contractor. This helps to paint a real picture for homeowners, allowing you to make more informed decisions. You can also follow threads to keep yourself in the loop with topics you’re interested in.


The tandem of solemn white and sun sparkle of gold is rightfully one of the most elegant color combinations. Fresh, clean white walls envelop the living room and acts as the perfect neutral backdrop, beaming with the right amount of serenity and zen.

4. Widen your search to local platforms

Look further, widen your research to include local platforms like Qanvast, Houzz, Renonation, just to name a few. Homeowners can expect to gain exposure to a good variety of ideas and view past projects done by different interior design firms. The search process is relatively straightforward where you can filter your search results based on the type of home, desired theme, and budget etc., Another useful feature of these platforms would be the firms’ reviews which can give homeowners a clearer idea of what to expect, making them one of the best places to do your research.


The pink walls add a soft and romantic ambience to this bedroom. The pink watercolour polkadot wall decals take up the top half of the walls, infusing a pop of stylish fun to the space. Paired with a vanity and bedding of a similar colour scheme, it creates the ideal room for any little girl.

5. Engage a professional

Paying for professional services may sound like unnecessary costs but that’s not true. An experienced interior designer has the technical expertise and knows about new materials or technologies that might be cheaper, better, or more appropriate than what you are familiar with. This could save you many sleepless nights and potentially weeks doing research and trying to iron out the renovation details. Not only that, the ID will also manage and oversee the entire renovation process, making sure the project runs smoothly – which also means less stress for you!