Discover the Best Interior Design Magazines

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November 21, 2023
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When you catch the interior design bug, the desire for inspiration follows. With so many design tips and examples available online, it can be hard to find your design aesthetic. Insights from expert designers with a wealth of experience and knowledge can help you make your home the perfect living space.

Interior design magazines are the perfect way to connect with ideas from top industry professionals. Many contributors are working professionals who have attended interior design schools and displayed fantastic taste and knowledge through their work, making them great sources of inspiration.

The best magazines for interior design have focuses and strengths that set them apart with distinct points of view. So, what magazines are ideal for which kinds of design work? Let’s review some of the most popular interior design magazines in the world and how they can help you transform your bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and more.

Interior Design Magazine

Cover of "INTERIOR DESIGN" magazine April issue featuring a modern indoor pool with a striking blue and white aesthetic, and a person in a red outfit standing by the poolside, headlined with the phrase "making a splash".

This monthly periodical has been on the cutting edge of home design since it was first published in the fashion mecca of 1932 Manhattan. It’s widely regarded as one of the best interior design magazines in the U.S. and has become a resource for design professionals, by design professionals.

What Sets Interior Design Magazine Apart

  • Geared toward design professionals, architects, and industry insiders
  • Publishing and design events company
  • Focus on latest global design inspirations

Architectural Digest

Cover of Architectural Digest magazine, April 2021 issue, featuring two people in a stylish living room with eclectic decor and bold colors, including a yellow sofa and modern art. The text highlights creatives at home in Milan, New York, Paris, and beyond.

This Condé Nast publication features the latest trends, striking a pleasing balance between architecture vs. interior design and garden landscaping. There are nine international editions of Architectural Digest (also known simply as AD) published in countries around the world. It originally focused on California design from its inception in 1920 and is the sister magazine of food-focused Bon Appétit.

What Sets Architectural Digest Apart

  • Focuses on affluent interior design trends
  • Features celebrity style and real estate
  • Releases the popular annual AD100 list and Open Door video series

Elle Décor

Alt text: Cover of ELLE Decoration magazine featuring stylish outdoor furniture, including a unique chair design, with text announcing articles about happy homes, must-have vintage finds, and eco-sustainable buys. The issue highlights outdoor style after months spent indoors.

Elle Décor has been at the forefront of women’s fashion for nearly a century, so it’s no surprise that the publishers of the magazine have extended fashion expertise to design. This interior design magazine often focuses on seasonal trends, but also inspires with home design across every style.

What Sets Elle Décor Apart

  • More modern approach for younger audiences
  • Global reach with emphasis on international cultural centers
  • Also covers lifestyle and travel

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A magazine cover with a pale yellow design featuring a large yellow "V" over a portrait of a woman with red hair and a neutral expression, titled "GRAY." It is labeled as "The Vanguard Issue," and includes various text related to design, fashion, and architecture.

Ever future-forward, Gray magazine transcends interior design to focus on modern and striking design as an artistic medium. Whether it draws inspiration from original classicist design and translates to modern design examples, or dissects furniture design created with AI, Gray covers the boundary pushing of modern interior design.

What Sets Gray Apart

  • Published bi-yearly  
  • Blurs the lines between art and design
  • Focuses on creativity in architecture, interior design, design evolution, and fashion
  • Hosts design shows and conventions

The World of Interiors

Alt text: Cover of "The World of Interiors" magazine featuring two decorative poodle figurines wearing red fezzes, perched on top of a colorful stack of patterned pillows, with a floral patterned wallpaper in the background.

Since 1981, this interior design magazine has provided a more natural approach to design inspiration, showcasing the beauty found in daily life around the world and singularly unique style elements. The World of Interiors features scenes from corners of the globe not often documented in design magazines, offering a unique perspective on interior and exterior décor.

What Sets the World of Interiors Apart

  • Focuses on cultural design  
  • Produces high quality Visitors’ Book videos
  • Explores interior design, architecture, gardening, and landscaping

House Beautiful

Cover of "House Beautiful" magazine featuring a colorful and stylish room with plush green chairs, a modern art piece on the wall, and a title emphasizing "The COLOR Issue".

House Beautiful is the oldest, still-running interior design magazine, originally published in 1896. While it does explore design elements from around the world, it’s one of the best interior designs magazines to feature homes and designs that encapsulate American living. Design tips and guides are more accessible than in more extravagant design publications.

What Sets House Beautiful Apart

  • Published bi-monthly
  • Focus on American designs
  • DIY tips for intermediate decorators
  • Covers lifestyle and home living topics

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