Looking for ways to make your house cosier and attractive at the same time without hiring an interior decorator?
All you have to do is put on your headphones and tune into these excellent interior design podcasts. You might be wondering how an audio platform can help you know what is best visually for your home. You don’t need to worry. These podcasts are hosted by some of the industry’s best names and feature guests from the world of design, styling and architecture. They share their expertise in an easy-to-understand way that will not only enhance your knowledge of home decor but also help you style your home as per your vision. Who knows what’s best for your house better than you, right? Listen on.
How to Decorate
The podcast by the Ballard Designs team brings together top designers who talk on, well, ‘how to decorate’. For the new listeners, there are more than 195 episodes available that features designers such as Melanie Turner, Clinton Smith, Katharine Earnhardt, Sherrell Neal, Jean Liu and Lindsay Atapattu just to name a few. They talk about their career, inspiration and life as well as explain various aspects of interior design.
You will get clear, concise and enriching information, enabling you to accentuate the internal appearance of your house. What’s a hot kitchen and a cold kitchen? How to have a house palette without being too matchy-matchy? What is the difference between the design and architecture of New York and New England? How to hang and frame art? Great places to find affordable art? Do fabric shades and wood finishes need to match in a room? Many such questions and more are answered over the episodes.
Started in 2014, Style Matters brings your more than 240 episodes covering exhaustive information on how to style up your home. The podcast is hosted by friends Karen June Grant and Zandra Zuraw, and features interviews of designers, bloggers, artisans, tastemakers and stylists from around the world such as Tiffany Brown, Sean Scherer and Katharine Earnhardt.
They not only bring to the table personal lessons in interior designing but also deep dive into creativity to help you get the best idea to make your home look beautiful.
The Chaise Lounge
The Chaise Lounge is more than just about how to spruce up the interiors. This is one of the podcasts that covers the specifics of interior design as a business as well. Successful interior designers, mostly from the US, talk about how they got their break in the business and made it profitable. On air since 2014, it also offers tips that will help not only amateurs but also those already in the business.
You will get to learn from the experiences of people like Keita Turner from Keita Turner Design, home stager Anne Carr of Anne Carr Designs, and lawyer turned designer Christian Daw from Christian Daw Design among others. The show, which is seen as a master class in interior design, is hosted by Nick May.
The Chaise Lounge also has a podcast dedicated to students of interior design. Called The Student Lounge, it is run entirely by students and hosted by Trish Semmoum, a student of interior design at the Georgia Southern University. This one is about connecting students with the right designers, help answer their queries and guide them about careers.
Young House Love Has a Podcast
Conducted by the husband-and-wife team of John and Sherry Petersik, the podcast is an extension of their blog of the same name where they started sharing interior design tips around 14 years ago. The couple not only shares information about their renovation projects but also interview well-known designers and bloggers who talk about what is latest in the world of decor.
There are more than 50 episodes that listeners can binge on to and learn about numerous DIY projects for their home. Besides being loaded with information, the couple brings in a degree of fun in their conversations. Once you are done listening to an episode, you can access the Podcast Show Notes page for photos, info, and links. A new episode is released every Monday.
If you are also an avid reader, you should know that John and Sherry also have to their credit two New York Times bestsellers — Young House Love and Lovable Livable Home.
Affordable Interior Design
As the name suggests, this one is for the people who want to give a facelift to their homes without burning a hole in their pockets. Hosted by Betsy Helmuth, a New York-based interior designer, the podcast helps you learn about lesser-known home decor facts and saves you from hidden costs. It also features talks with experts such as Devin Kulka, Libby Rothschild and Matthew Gunselman, who share their experience and delve into various aspects of interior designing.
Topics that Helmuth takes up for discussion include budget creation, layout maximisation and colour palettes. The overall objective is to help listeners learn how to save their hard-earned money while getting the same result for which they may have to spend twice.
The Style Files
The Style Files takes its name from the column by Paloma Contreras on her blog ‘La Dolce Vita’. Through the podcast, Contreras, a reputed interior designer and tastemaker, holds talks with leading names from the industry such as Bunny Williams, Mark Sikes, Timothy Corrigan, Robert Rufino, Lauren Liess, Sheila Bridges, Charlotte Moss, and the designer duo Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen.
The podcast was launched in the early months of 2020 and has quickly gained a huge following. The thoughtful conversations are entertaining as well as enriching for listeners eager to know more about the interior design business and all its aspects.
The Great Indoors
Aired once or twice a month, each episode of this podcast guides you to turn an expensive building into a comfortable space that you can call ‘home sweet home.’
TV presenter and designer Sophie Robinson joins hands with author and journalist Kate Watson Smyth to engage listeners in their delightful conversations that help in understanding the concept of a home and what type of interiors matter. You will also get information about the latest in design and understand if it matches your taste.
The Great Indoors claims to be the UK’s “first professional interiors podcast.”
At Home With Lauren Keenan
Interior stylist Keenan in Australia follows the guiding principle that everyone deserves a home they love. This podcast gives out tips, advice and recommendations for creating a perfect home and lifestyle. Featured in episodes of the podcast are design icons such as Jamie Durie, Amanda Talbot and Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross, whose expertise add a great dimension to the show and expands your knowledge of interiors.
The first podcast dedicated to interior design in the country, it won the inaugural Australian Podcast Awards in 2017. It is meant for everyone from a first-time homeowner to those in the business of the real estate. Keenan also shares things she appreciates and finds inspiring, including books, holiday destinations, furniture as well as other podcasts.
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