7 Interior Design Podcasts You Should Be Listening to Right Now

published Sep 2, 2020
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Since the beginning of time—or, okay, the dawn of home decor—interior design has largely been a visual industry. After all, one of the best ways to appreciate a space in all its glory is seeing it (or touching it, tbh). While design-centric podcasts might seem like an oxymoron, a new crop of series are proving that this medium is actually very useful for home decor lovers and just may be the next big design trend.

“I think people are looking for escapes right now, and the design world is a perfect place to allow your mind to wander,” says Alessandra Wood, vice president of style at Modsy and host of podcast “The Render“. “Since we’re spending so much more time in our homes these days, we wanted to bring a bit more excitement to how we’re thinking about our spaces.”

With so many design podcasts to choose from, you’re bound to find a podcast worth adding to your queue. To help narrow your search, I’m sharing a few of my favorites that make interior design appeal to more than just one of the five senses.

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The Moodboard

As an interior designer, market editor, and founder of 28 Black Tastemakers, an online community that amplifies diverse talent, Angela Belt wears a number of hats within the industry. You may remember her work from Apartment Therapy’s Small/Cool event earlier this year, too. Recently, however, she’s turned some of her attention to podcasting, launching “The Moodboard” (sponsored by Morpholio, a virtual vision boarding app and creative software company) to continue conversation about diversity and inclusivity within interior design.

“I started this podcast because I wanted to discuss the intersection of race and interior design with tastemakers,” she explains. “The interviews are meant to have real talk—plus, a game around the latest trends in interior design.”

From discussing representation with editors to catching up with big name designers like Dabito and Rebecca Atwood, “The Moodboard” is packed with powerful conversations you’ll think about long after the episode ends.

Listen and subscribe to “The Moodboard Podcast” here.

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Make Space with Cara Newhart

Why enlist a professional or a handy relative to tackle your biggest DIY projects when you can listen to “Make Space with Cara Newhart” instead? A self-proclaimed DIY queen, Newhart dedicates her podcast to teaching listeners how to take on the home’s biggest projects. Each episode broaches a new topic—think thrift shopping and lovingly restoring vintage pieces, plant styling, and woodworking—so you’ll always learn something new. Thanks to her encouraging, upbeat approach, you’ll feel empowered to flex your DIY muscles with this blogger’s best tips and tricks. She also brings on special guests from time to time, too, so no matter the individual podcast subject, you are bound to get true expert advice.

Listen and subscribe to “Make Space with Cara Newhart” here.

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Young House Love Has a Podcast

That’s right: Your favorite DIY duo is back and better than ever with their very own podcast. Known for their popular design blog, “Young House Love,” John and Sherry Petersik’s foray into the podcast world honestly feels like catching up with old friends over a cup of coffee (or glass of wine—your call). Every few weeks, the couple chronicles their latest home projects and real estate adventures, bringing listeners tips of the trade that they learned along the way. From sharing a bathroom as a family of four to getting settled in a new house, each episode feels oh so relatable.

Listen and subscribe to “Young House Love Has a Podcast” here.

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Design Perspectives with Gail M Davis

If you’re looking to broaden your spatial and aesthetic horizons, subscribe to “Design Perspectives.” Here, host and interior designer Gail M Davis chats with industry insiders to talk about home decor from both a consumer and professional perspective, demystifying the process of working with a designer. If you want to flesh out your interior design knowledge with a 360-degree approach, this one is well worth the listen.

Listen and subscribe to “Design Perspectives with Gail M Davis” here.

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Business of Design

For many, interior design is more than a part-time passion; it’s a career—or #careergoals. If you want to break onto the decorating scene but have no idea where to start, give “Business of Design” a try. Hosted by interior designer Kimberley Seldon, this podcast offers a behind-the-scenes look at the industry. In each episode, Seldon interviews experienced professionals from all aspects of the field (decorators, furniture designers, tastemakers, etc.), who share everything from strategies for adapting businesses during a global pandemic to managing finances. Pursuing a job in the world of design is by no means glamorous or easy, but Seldon’s sage advice will give you the tools you need to get your business off the ground and work towards success.

Listen and subscribe to “Business of Design” here.

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The Render

Think you know everything about interior design? Just wait until you listen to Modsy’s new podcast, “The Render.” Co-hosts Alessandra Wood and Maddy Warner have an encyclopedic knowledge about interior designer and spend each episode dissecting the industry’s biggest phenomenons and trends, as well as those topics’ social and cultural impacts. “We hope providing design history, stories, and fun tips translates to living better at home,” Wood says. So if you want to enhance your interior design trivia skills—and finally understand why everyone is so obsessed mid-century modernism—give this series a listen.

Listen and subscribe to “The Render” here.

Design Time

Rounding out the list of new decor-focused podcasts is “Design Time,” a cool new series from Domino magazine. Editor-in-chief Jessica Romm Perez interviews some of the biggest names in the industry to teach you how to make your space feel more like, well, you. From Kelly Wearstler to Justina Blakeney, “Design Time” is like a who’s who of the interior design world. Whether you want to keep your finger on the pulse of design or pick up a few home hacks, this podcast is definitely worth the listen and will be coming back for a second season. You have plenty of time to catch up listening to this first season before then!

Listen and subscribe to “Design Time” here.