For homeowners, deciding on styles, themes, and concepts for your home remodeling projects can be a challenge. Open any home remodeling magazine or do an internet search for home design trends, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the choices available for your project. However, with a little direction and some help from a qualified design professional, it can be quite pleasing to research and become inspired by remodeling ideas that will help to improve aesthetics in your space.

At Homewerks, our Chicago home remodeling company specializes in beautiful and affordable home renovations. Our interior design team works closely with homeowners to come up with the perfect ideas for home remodeling. While we can certainly take over and help you to find the best designs that suit your needs, we especially love it when our customers do their own research before meeting with us.

If you’re thinking about upgrading your home with a new look, you’re in the right place. In this article, our experts at Homewerks will reveal some of the best places to find inspiration before meeting with a home designer.

Other People’s Homes

The easiest way to get ideas for your remodel is by visiting the recently updated homes of your friends, family members, and neighbors. Not only will this give you a first-person look at how a specific feature might look or how it will work, you can also hear tips and advice on how to get the same results. Your friends and family can also give you the lowdown on the remodeling process, along with recommendations for contractors that did the work.

As bad as it sounds, checking out other people’s renovations can also help you to learn what not to do in a remodel. Other people can give you first-hand accounts of remodeling mistakes they made, or reveal details that will help you to understand how to save money and achieve a higher-quality result.

Remodeling TV Shows

Home remodeling TV shows have been trending for over a decade now, and don’t seem to be slowing down in the slightest. Not only are they entertaining to watch, but they also give you a great look at new and the most popular design trends. In most cases, they will even give you a price and show you how involved the install is if you’re thinking about doing it yourself. Some of the most popular shows on TV that focus on home repairs, remodeling, and renovations include:

  • Property Brothers
  • This Old House
  • Flip or Flop
  • Rehab Addict
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Magazines and Websites

Before the internet, home renovation magazines were one of the most popular ways to find new remodeling ideas for homes, gardens, and more. Magazines have largely moved to digital formats and can be found online, but many homeowners prefer thumbing through the glossy photos of a real, physical copy.

Home remodeling and exterior and interior design magazines can help you come up with great ideas for your project. They can also prepare you for the remodeling process and share tips on how to achieve a certain look or functionality without spending a fortune. While magazines are not as popular as they once were, there are still many out there that are dedicated solely to home remodeling. For example, Better Homes and Gardens, This Old House, Family Handyman, Extreme How-To, and more.

The Internet

Today, most people get their ideas for home remodeling from the internet. Going online and doing a simple search for ideas is easy and extremely comprehensive. After all, the internet gives you instant access to millions of remodeling sites—right from the convenience of your phone, tablet, or computer.

Some of the best sites for getting ideas to include Pinterest and Instagram, which are two popular social media sites. Pinterest in particular is designed to help people share ideas easily, and users can swap home remodeling lists for inspiration for improving specific areas of your property.

Another fantastic website is and Angie’s List—both of which are great authority sites for home remodeling and design. These sites can also direct users to excellent contractor options in the area that can help you with whatever you need to improve your home. Additionally, Zillow and Trulia can be quite useful for those seeking home improvement ideas. While these are real estate sites, looking at pictures of other people’s real-life homes for sale can be a great way to get amazing ideas.

Visit HomeWerks’ Online Gallery for Amazing Ideas and Inspiration

For stunning remodeling ideas and beautiful design options, take a look at HomeWerks’ online gallery of past home remodeling projects. With nearly 25 years in business, Homewerks has been a leader in home design and remodeling in Chicago—and we’d love for you to take a look at some of the stunning kitchen, bathroom, living room, and other home renovations we’ve completed in and around Chicago.

If you live in the area, you can also come in and take a look at our showroom for more ideas, or schedule a free, in-home pricing estimate and design consultation with one of our project coordinators. For more information or to request a free, in-home estimate, give us a call or fill out our online form now!