The Best Decorating Podcasts to Listen to in 2020
Are you looking for some fresh decorating podcasts to listen to this year in 2020? I am an avid podcast listener. And by that I mean, I listen to about 10+ hours a week of podcasts.
For me, it’s so relaxing to have a podcast on while driving, doing dishes and laundry and cleaning the house. If I’m outside watching the kids play, I’m probably listening to a decorating podcast too.
But, it hasn’t always been that way. In fact, I didn’t know what a podcast was until a few years ago.
And even after I saw friends on Facebook asking for podcast recommendations in 2018, I didn’t quite get it. I thought it may be good for roadtrips, but we don’t ever go anywhere so it didn’t make sense.
But then, I finally decided to try it out. In September of 2017, I started listening to the How To Decorate Podcast from Ballard Designs, while in my car running errands.
While it started with me listening on occasion to the weekly release of How to Decorate, it became so much more. I started to search for other podcasts on other topics and used it as a way to enjoy driving.
I didn’t realize how much I was in the car running errands and waiting in carline until I used the time to actively learn by listening to podcasts.
So if you are looking for a way to enjoy doing your chores or drown out the kids while you pick up groceries, look no further. Podcasts will change your life.
Similarly, podcasts are a great tool to learn new things. While decorating podcasts are my favorite, I have learned sooo much from other podcasts. A few of those topics are blogging, SEO, cleaning and organizing, business tips, social media and Pinterest topics, and more.
Top reasons to listen to a podcast:
- Easier than reading
- Can relisten if you missed a part
- Allows you to multitask
- Takes the mundane out of chores
- It’s FREE education
- You can learn about ANYTHING!
- They are conversational and you get to know the hosts
- On-demand entertainment that you don’t have to wait for
WHY LISTEN TO DECORATING PODCASTS
Like I have learned a ton about these other random topics from Podcasts (and it’s working, because you’re here on my blog, ha!), I want to share how you can learn a whole lot about decorating in a short time. And learn in an easy to digest way.
You’ll be able to apply the things you learn in the podcasts to your own home. After listening to many different podcasts who have a variety of guests, you’ll also learn that rules are meant to be broken.
You will learn which rules and how to break them. And you will also get to know what things are really important to making your space look professionally designed.
SOME THINGS I LEARNED FROM DECORATING PODCASTS
I want to touch on a few things I have learned from listening to decorating podcasts for the last few years.
- All about paint colors, undertones and the fifth wall (ceiling)
- Rugs, area rug sizes and material selection
- Furniture layout- many of these shows address listener dilemmas
- The right amount of lighting for any room
- So many functional kitchen design tips
- & much, much more!
WHAT I DO WHILE LISTENING TO DECORATING PODCASTS
Before I turn you loose on my favorite decorating podcasts, I think it’s important to touch on when I listen to them, for those of you that don’t listen to podcasts yet.
So my favorite times to listen to podcasts are:
- when I’m driving to and from grocery store
- when I need motivation to clean or do laundry
- while doing dishes (almost every single morning & after dinner)
- folding laundry
- when it’s slow in the office and I don’t need to be 100% engaged in what I’m typing
- while cooking dinner
- as research when I am looking for an answer
As a bonus, you can enable the skill on your Alexa app and then ask Alexa to play the “____ podcast.”
The Best Decorating Podcasts to Listen to in 2020
Grab your iphone and open the Podcast App or enable your Amazon Alexa skill to get stared with these awesome decorating podcasts!
YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HAS A PODCAST
John and Sherry have a blog Young House Love, among other things like a furniture & lighting line. They are DIY decorating pros and go to’s for tutorials and step by steps.
I most like this podcast because they are funny and down to earth. You won’t find a hoity toity get out of my interior design office vibe here. You’ll laugh along with them, say ohh no more than once, and probably end up buying something they are digging from Amazon.
HOW TO DECORATE
The podcast that started it all, How to Decorate Podcast. To be honest, when I was searching for a decorating podcast, I saw How to Decorate, but the “from Ballard Designs” threw me off. I though it may be salesy.
Newsflash, it wasn’t. And now I look forward to a new episode dropping every Tuesday. You’ll hear from designers from all over the US and they will talk about their work, some of their best tips and advice, how to mix old with new, and solve decorating problems.
I’m so glad I clicked on the pink chair and started listening to how to decorate. I cannot even begin to name all of the things I have learned from the designers on their show. I feel like I can troubleshoot almost any problem now, and have the decorating bug in full force.
The best yet is that the girls also answer listener design dilemmas every episode. So if you have a problem space, send an email and some pics to the How to Decorate Podcast and Karen, Caroline & Taryn will answer your questions.
Plus, Ballard Designs is one of my favorite place to find new traditional pieces for my home.
THE BUSINESS OF HOME
Business of Home’s host Dennis Scully interviews thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and creatives about the changes and challenges facing the interior design community.
Now the Business of Home podcast may not answer all of your burning DIY questions, like some of the other podcasts out there, but this one really resonates with me because you will learn a lot about the bigger picture of the industry.
You’ll hear the history of corporations like House Beautiful, Phillip Jeffries and Rifle Paper Co.. Visual merchandising is often discussed as well as how to move from ideas to production in a furniture line.
If you are really into all things home, you’ll enjoy learning the how and history behind the guests and businesses featured on Business of Home Podcast.
THE GREAT INDOORS
The Great Indoors is a celebration of all things interiors and everything you need to know about making your house a home. In each episode, TV presenter and designer Sophie Robinson and best-selling author and journalist Kate Watson-Smyth will discuss, debate and guide you through the top trends and hottest topics from the home front. So pull up a chair…
Do you love an English accent? Then you’re going to love listening to The Great Indoors podcast. What I like most is that Sophie and Kate don’t always agree or have the same taste and don’t play hard and fast with design rules.
There is room to ebb and flow for what works in your home. Not everything is black and white, but it’s definitely colorful.
You’ll hear from guests on various topics from tile to shopping trends to Christmas trees and candles. Also, there will be a dose of discussion and debate on almost any room in your home.
Follow along for this light hearted, un-stuffy decor loving podcast, The Great Indoors.
Last, but certainly not least is Dear Alice, which is a podcast with two dynamic designers who talk all things decor, furniture, and fixtures. It is hosted by Suz and Jessica, the owners of Alice Lane Interior Design firm.
I love that the purpose of the Dear Alice podcast is to educate you on design principles, answer your questions and help you pinpoint what isn’t quite working in your space.
These two are great about bringing functionality to the discussion so that your design decisions aren’t based on looks alone, but work for your space.
When I went back thru the first few episodes and browsed the reviews to see what listeners loved most, I kept seeing the thing that resonated most- BUY THE BIGGER RUG! This rings so true! Take their advice, buy the rug first and go big or go home.
You’ll enjoy this conversational podcast that will answer your design questions that you didn’t know you had.
There you have it, my favorite Interior Decorating Podcasts to listen to in 2020 & beyond. I have to say, I was surprised at how hooked on decorating podcasts I got.
After I started listening and learning things, you also get invested in the hosts highs and lows. You start to feel personally connected to them and anticipate their answers on certain subjects, which means they have truly done a wonderful job of providing useful information and forming a relationship with listeners.
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