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Cool Online Tools to Help You Redecorate Comments

  • By Katie Karlson
  • May 06, 2011

The PaintbrushDoes your place look like the showroom of the World’s Most Blah Decorating Store? If you’re itching for a spring overhaul, don’t just copy page 19 of the Crate & Barrel catalog.

Take advantage of free expert design advice and tools online. ShopSmart rounded up the best decorating websites, and we’ve picked our three faves.

design sponge Design Sponge—Showcases gorgeous rooms, rounds up trends, walks you through room makeovers,
and gives step-by-step instructions on kicky DIY projects, like honeycomb storage shelves.
Plus there’s a budget-friendly section for thrifty inspiration. We love the budget round-ups, like nightstands under $100—cheap, stylish nightstands are shockingly hard to find on your own.
mydeo MyDeco—This site is a triple threat: shopping resource, blog and 3D room planner. It gathers eclectic pieces—from furniture to accent pieces—from different retailers and links to their websites. Users can combine favorite pieces to create room designs called moodboards. Plus, you can virtually design a room using the 3D tool (and even “paint” the walls!).
belle maison 23 Belle Maison 23—Interior designer Julie Thigpen collects her favorite rooms and DIY projects from magazines and websites, and analyzes how to create different looks. Scroll through the posts or get particular inspiration from the Idea Gallery, such as snappy home-office ideas. We like Julie’s DIY round-ups—like her list of six weekend projects. Did you know you can jazz up a standard bathtub with custom beadboard surround? Now you do.

Jazz it up. What are your favorite decorating resources?

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