As an interior design lover myself, I‘m constantly scouring Instagram for new sources of inspiration. And with over 200 million posts and counting using #interiordesign, there’s a seemingly endless stream of beautiful images to take in.
But simply scrolling through random photos tends to leave me feeling overwhelmed rather than creatively energized. I’ve learned that carefully curating my Instagram feed with exceptional talents in the interior design world makes all the difference.
Beyond pretty pictures, following the right interior designers provides a window into the latest trends, sparks fresh ideas you can incorporate across decor styles, and fuels motivation to attempt DIY projects or experiment with different looks in your own space.
In this article, I’ll introduce you to my 10 can’t-miss interior designers to follow on Instagram right now along with insights around what makes them truly standout accounts worth hitting that “Follow” button for.
Why Follow Interior Designers on Instagram?
Before diving into my top 10, let‘s review core reasons every interior design enthusiast should be actively following talents within the industry on Instagram:
Discover Emerging Talents & Design Styles
Instagram allows both established design stars and promising up-and-comers to showcase their work and build an audience. Through hashtags and features like Stories, Reels and Live, you gain “behind-the-scenes” access to designers’ processes and passions. This exposure helps you discover new styles faster than waiting for them to hit mainstream media.
Stay on Top of Latest Trends
Seeing designers incorporate new pieces, patterns, colors, layouts and materials in their projects offers an early glimpse at rising trends. Spotting these looks early on Instagram helps you stay ahead of the curve vs. waiting for them to trickle into big box stores.
Gain Styling Inspiration
Instagram’s focus on visual storytelling gives interior designers an ideal channel to showcase not just full room designs but also vignette styling. Following a range of talents exposes you to endless inspiration for building stunning tablescapes, shelving displays, gallery walls and more.
Get Motivated on DIY Projects
When you see designers flawlessly pull off projects like installing wallpaper or building custom shelves, you feel empowered tackle your own interior design to-do list. Instagram makes gaining the confidence boost to finally craft that gallery wall or revamp your rental with temporary wallpaper just a double-tap away.
Immerse Yourself in Creativity
Surrounding yourself with talents overflowing with style ideas, no matter your personal decor aesthetic, sparks creativity. The infinite scrolling capability helps you fully immerse in inspiring interiors until your own original design ideas start percolating.
Still not convinced that hitting “Follow” can accelerate your interior design education and DIY motivation? Check out my related article on “How to Get Interior Design Ideas from Instagram”.
Now let’s explore my top 10 picks for interior designers you need to be following on Instagram right now. I analyzed over 50 top accounts, evaluating factors like volume and quality of projects shared, engagement levels, original perspectives and variety to select this elite list of can’t miss stars both established and rising.
1. Studio McGee @studiomcgee
With over 2.4 million Instagram followers, this husband and wife team tops my list for their beautiful signature style defined by airy, livable spaces blending modern and traditional elements. Every clean-lined white kitchen or soothing bedroom dotted with playful pops of color on their feed sparks ideas for elevating my rental on a budget.
2. Kelly Wearstler @kellywearstler
Kelly Wearstler makes this list not just thanks to her impressive 1.4 million Instagram fans but for continually pushing design boundaries with eccentric, maximalist spaces merging old and new. Her feed displays daring combinations of colors, patterns and materials that ignite major creativity sparks for decorative details to take my subtle bohemian style into bolder territory.
3. Amber Lewis @amberinteriors
Also based on volume of quality projects shared and engagement levels, Denver designer Amber Lewis ranks among my top Instagram follows for interior inspiration. Her warm, textured looks embracing both vintage and modern always feels fresh yet attainable. I appreciate how she shares
full styling detail images that motivate me to elevate my own vignettes.
4. Jonathan Adler @jonathanadler
With his “happy chic” design ethos, potter turned interior icon Jonathan Adler creates playful decor bound to make you smile. Beyond the nearly 800k fans, I value his perspective for bending rules through juxtapositions of materials, shapes and colors that inject an irreverent style ideal for inspiring bold experiments in my own eclectic space.
5. Justina Blakeney @justinablakeney
Self-coined “Jungalow” style visionary Justina Blakeney takes my top 5 thanks to her vibrant bohemian aesthetic reminiscent of exotic travels blending lush greenery, bold prints and patches of color. Her dazzling spaces decorated with pieces sourced globally always lead me down an imaginative style rabbit hole to craft my own little oases channeling favorite destinations.
6. Sarah Sherman Samuel @sarahshermansamuel
This established talent with over 330k organic followers earns her spot for polished yet collected looks grounded in contrast – think crisp whites and cozy neutrals brought to life by rich woods and subtle colorful accents. Her coastal chic style continues serving up curation inspiration even as I’ve watched it evolve over years of following her journey raising 3 kids.
7. Dabito @dabito
Dabito’s account stands out from typical interior designers for his focus on reviving old homes with thoughtful custom details that honor properties’ original character. His modest but mighty following of nearly 225k proves leveraging Instagram to find rising talents allows discovering unique perspectives like his blend of restoration and modernization faster than waiting for mainstream features.
8. Alyssa Kapito @alyssakapitointeriors
Also hailed for her revival of historic homes, Alyssa Kapito makes my list for translating her fine arts background into interiors feeling curated vs overly designed. While her fame remains on the rise with around 175k followers, her refined style highlighting collected layers over loud statements consistently provides inspiration for adding special vintage finds to my relaxed looks.
9. Bobby Berk @bobbyberk
As the design guru best known for steering the style transformations on Queer Eye since 2018, Bobby Berk boasts an impressive following over 640k. But his account stands out because he parlays his expertise into bite-sized practical advice from mixing patterns to upcycling furniture suited to inspire weekend warriors rather than exclusively design buffs.
10. Orlando Soria @orlandosoria
One of HGTV’s darling on-air talents, Orlando Soria inspires nearly 80k fans with a masculine maximalism approach colored by his travels and heritage blending rustic and modern with punches of vibrant colors and playful patterns. Beyond drool-worthy living spaces, he uses IGTV and Stories to motivate viewers like me to take DIY and design risks through his candid behind-the-scenes of working with clients and crafting his own home.
Start Curating Your Custom Instagram Interior Design Feed
I could easily list another 50 interior designers whose stylish feeds I love following for endless inspiration in my custom Instagram interior design education curriculum. But hopefully this list helps you discover some fresh voices and aesthetics to follow.
Remember that thoughtfully curating a feed of talents aligned to your style escapes and aspirations will spark far more creativity than randomly scrolling. So take inspiration from my top 10 above, ask friends which creators motivate their projects or explore hashtags like #interiordesign, #interiorinspo, #interior123 and #designinspo to build your own dream team community.
And as you fall deeper down the rabbit hole of interior design Instagram, take cues from designers on styling photogenic vignettes to show off your own spaces using my tips in this tutorial.
Now it’s your turn. Which interior designers are you loving on Instagram right now? Share their handles or recent images that wowed you in the comments.