Use Houzz to Comparison Shop and Give Your Room Makeover a Designer Look

Houzz is a great resource for visualizing different room styles and inspiring a new look in your home. It also provides built-in tools to help DIY decorators achieve impressive results.

Farmhouse style kitchens have a lot of appeal because you can mix rustic, industrial and traditional elements with contemporary or modern features. The overall look feels warm and welcoming and works with many types of home styles.

This farmhouse kitchen makeover by J Holderby Renovations caught my eye because I like everything about it. From the light fixtures to the bar stools to the flooring, everything coordinates beautifully. I like how the island adds extra counter space, extra storage space and a place to sit and eat or socialize. Looks like a perfect spot for kitchen gossip with a glass of wine.


Clicking on a photo like this (on Houzz) will enlarge it into its own web page. Then a menu pops up along the bottom, allowing you to e-mail it, save it, share it or draw on it. If you click on the little price tag icon, tags will appear by light fixtures, furniture, appliances and decorative items that can be purchased on Houzz.

Tagged items are visually matched with about a dozen products to choose from, in varying price points. The industrial pendant light over the sink can be had for as little as $108 or as much as $798.

The arched, pull-down sprayer faucets in the next example can get really pricey, costing over $1000. But after checking on a few from the price tag list, I found this Vigo faucet on sale for about $153. Another bargain buy inspired by this kitchen is this six piece knife block, at just $80.00.


If Mediterranean is more your style, and your kitchen is truly the central hub of your home, you’ll need plenty of options for seating. These saddle seat wooden bar stools are practical and affordable ($35 each), perfect for everyday meals at the bar and extra seating for kids when hosting large holiday family dinners. For formal dining, these upholstered, solid wood Harmony armchairs ($420 a pair) and side chairs ($345 a pair) are a fraction of the cost of many formal dining chairs and tie in nicely with the barstools in an open concept floorplan.

People often like to describe themselves as eclectic decorators because they like different styles of décor. However, eclectic decorating is more complex than just a mixture of different styles. If you don’t follow any design principles, the look is basically just a form of contemporary style. Let’s try to style an eclectic living room using the products for sale on Houzz inspired by this bohemian chic townhouse:
I used a combination of the tagged items and related items, which appear on the right side of the picture. Since only a limited number of displayed furnishings get tagged, browsing through related items can help you complete the look. I searched through a few styles of pendant lights to find a design that was both unusual and slightly rustic, to complement the coffee table made from antique mirrors.
I combined the furniture and accessories I would use to decorate an eclectic or boho chic style living room on this RoomStyer mood board. Notice how the colors, textures and finishes of these items help tie them together. Unity is the key to making an eclectic room design work. Houzz has made it easy to put a look like this together and get it all in one place.
Boho room decor available on Houzz
Boho room decor available on Houzz
Here is the shopping list for this boho chic room design:

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