Buying a Home

Best TV Shows to Help You Explore Home Design Options

April 1, 2020
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Looking for a little home design inspiration? Why not turn to the experts America (and Canada) knows and trusts? Prepare the popcorn, grab your remote control and check out these popular TV shows from Home & Garden Television (HGTV), offering an insider’s view of the home design process.

Although we can’t recommend extensive home renovations (as seen in many of these shows), these programs will provide tips and tricks for choosing artwork, home accents and furniture, and get you excited about the array of finishes and fixtures offered at Richmond American’s Home Gallery™. Keep in mind, with a new home, you can personalize your living space without sacrificing weekends to DIY home renovations!

Property Brothers: This show, which stars identical twin brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott, is currently celebrating its 16th season. The duo—a Realtor® and a contractor, respectively—helps families buy and renovate properties, incorporating many of today’s most popular home features. Pay particular attention to the way these brilliant brothers inject each homeowner’s distinct style and personality into every home design project!

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: This must-see show, which originally aired in 2003, recently returned to transform even more houses and lives. Hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson from the hit series Modern Family, the reboot showcases “great stories, inspired volunteers and mind-blowing home renovations for families who give back to their communities.” Equal parts human interest and inspired design, every episode will tug at your heartstrings and get your creative juices flowing!

Love It or List It: This highly entertaining TV series examines a common conundrum: Buy a new house or renovate an existing one? Viewers follow along as real estate agent David Visentin shows clients several new homes while interior designer Hilary Farr works overtime retrofitting their existing living space to meet their needs. The homeowners must then decide whether to love their home or list it. There’s typically a lot of indecision involved, but one thing is certain: Hilary’s sophisticated sense of style will give you plenty of ideas for decorating your own abode!

Flip or Flop: Follow along as formerly-married couple Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa buy, renovate and sell properties, the majority of which are short sales and foreclosures. As noted in the show’s intro, they purchase “the ugliest, the nastiest, the most rundown houses” they can find—sometimes sight unseen—and “transform them into beautiful homes every buyer dreams of.” If you’re motivated by the couple’s design aesthetic, also check out Flip or Flop Vegas, which raises the glam to the next level!

Keep following our blog and Pinterest boards for design tips and inspiration.

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