No matter your home design kink — interior design, renovations, home improvement or simply snooping on other people’s houses — I’ve got you covered. While staying at home and feeling bored or unproductive with the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic impacting people’s daily lives across the world, what better time, then, to start watching a design-focused TV series that is informative, heartwarming and aesthetically pleasing?
So I gathered for you 10 Netflix shows I’ve been watching that will give you plenty of material to draw inspiration from!
In each episode, designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer help people with rental properties re-design and re-brand their spaces. The goal is to help property owners maximize their rental revenue. They create spaces to have mass appeal, they teach the property owner some great core design lessons.
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes
No, really. These homes are truly extraordinary. Hosts Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin show you around some really remarkable properties. The show is especially fun because Taylor, architect, focuses on the structures themselves while Quentin, actress, marvels at the homes in a way that will resonate with any layperson. With its wide focus on everything from overarching architectural themes to small-but-meaningful decor details, The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes is one of the best Netflix shows about home design.
In each episode of Grand Designs, host Kevin McCloud walks with people as they work through the process of creating their home. Sometimes it’s a new build, sometimes it’s a major renovation, you’ll have a chance to watch the process of creating a dream home.
It’s been fifteen years since the Emmy Award-winning series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy revolutionized reality television. The series returns to Netflix and is going global, introducing audiences around the world to a modern aesthetic, diverse perspective and a brand new Fab Five: Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine),Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion). So if you want a show that’s uplifting, inspirational, fun and a little gay, you’ve come to the right place. The shw’s #Fab5 transform “heroes” making their lives easier, cleaner, healthier, and happier. The series won two Emmy Awards, for “Outstanding Structured Reality Program” and “Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program.”
Restaurants on the Edge
In real estate, the old adage goes: “Location, location, location.” For the owners of the restaurants featured on this series location is actually the least of their worries. Restaurants on the Edge follows three food and design experts as they travel the world to try to amp up the food, decor, branding, and design of near-failing businesses situated in some of the world’s most beautiful locales.
Abstract: The Art of Design
A Netflix original documentary series highlighting artists in the field of design. How best to get to the root of why design matters than to dive into the minds of some of today’s most innovative thinkers? This series, now into its second season, explores the applied philosophies of such iconic design pioneers.
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
Each episode features Kondo helping someone tidy up their home, and in the process their life. As a result, it’s surprisingly poignant, and it’s a great way to begin growing curiosity and empathy for your stuff. From the grieving widower in a huge messy house to the family cramped in a small apartment, you’ll find tearjerkers and tidying tips in each episode of the 1 season show.
Interior Design Masters
This is a British reality TV show is honestly so fun and stressful to watch! Amateur interior designers compete against one another for a chance to win a commercial design contract. It’s an elimination series, so at the end of each episode they send a designer home. The briefs are always interesting, and the hosts are encouraging but critical. It’s a great show for sparking your own inner designer.
Tiny House Nation
The show sees host John Weisbarth and expert Zack Giffin help homeowners do some major downsizing and rethink their relationships to space and possessions, creating a ‘tiny home’ that is both cozy and functional in each bing-worthy episode.
The Great Interior Design Challenge
This interior design competition, which sees 24 wannabe interior designers tasked with transforming entire rooms from top to bottom, showcases their taste in a number of different types of housing structures, including Victorian and eco homes.