So there you are, writing a blog post and now it comes time to find an interior design stock photo for your interior design blog post that doesn't suck.
At this point, don't do what a lot of people do: take photos from Pinterest and just add in a link that says where you found it. That's not the right way to do it. I don't care who tells you that shit.
If you want to use a photo you found on Pinterest or anywhere else for that matter, you MUST find out who owns that photo and ask for permission to use it.
You also can't just right-click an image from Google.
You could get sued and thrown into a pound-you-in-the-ass penitentiary. Does that sound like something you want to do? Didn't think so.
If you run across a photo and wonder if you can use it, check out this handy-dandy poster from Design Sponge to help you figure out if you're good to go.
When it comes to choosing photos for my website and blog posts I select photos that would put into a photo album if my business was a person. The images should have a similar feel and vibe.
That then leads us to find interior design stock photos and if you're blogging frequently, you'll find yourself using a lot of free stock photos for your blog posts.
Here's where to start looking...
Free Stock Photos For Your Interior Design Blog (Credit May Be Required)
3. Kaboom Pics
6. Iso Republic
9. IM Creator
11. Life of Pix
12. Free Images
13. RGB Stock
17. Creative Commons
Always check out their terms and conditions before using their photos in case they change them so you don't go to jail. I'd be sad. And I'm not bailing you out.
But they don't have any photos that I really like, now what?
You may want to check out some of the stock photo sites where you do have to pay for an image on occasion like Stocksy.
But if that doesn't work you don't have to always use an interior photo. You can also:
Sketch something up. People dig sketches. Follow Shannin Williams, she's ah-mazing!
Create a mood board with Designfiles.
Use your own photos that you've taken around your house.
I know that finding interior design stock photos can be a pain, but remember that you're not writing a college essay explaining every point in your posts that requires an exact photo so you don't need to find an exact image of what you're talking about. Got it?
Remember to like and share this post with your designer besties so they can get cute photos, too!