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Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:32 am, Mon Mar 10, 2014.

(Family Features) If you're looking to update the look of your home, or just want to redesign key rooms, you can find inspiration right on your home computer. From flooring to crown molding - and everything in between - these online resources have you covered. And with the organizational capabilities these sites offer, you can catalog what you like for later recall. With so many options available online, the only trouble will be narrowing down your options.

Organize your ideas

If you're looking for a variety of options categorized by room or by design aesthetic, check out www.houzz.com. This site features everything from countertops and coffee tables, to humidity sensing fans and tub caddies. The best part is that any item you like is linked directly to the source where you can purchase the product, or find out about the designer.

In addition, you can save photos of items you like to your very own virtual "ideabook," making it easy to access your favorite items when you're ready to start renovating or redesigning.

Check out trends

Whether you're looking to a traditional design, or you want something more contemporary, you can find great trends and classic looks at www.elledecor.com. Because the site supports the magazine Elle Décor, many of their articles are based upon feedback from their print and online readers, such as the article "Your Favorite Rooms of 2011."

Visualize the whole picture

If you're having trouble picturing how the design of each room will work in tandem with one another, look to sites such as www.getdecorating.com, which allows you to tour real homes that follow specific design styles with multiple views of certain rooms.

Stumped? Get social

For many, the idea of taking on an interior decorating task can seem daunting. If you're unsure about which styles to incorporate in your house, consider using a site such as www.Pinterest.com. Just like Houzz, you can add photos you like to a visual pin board and each photo is linked to the source on this site. But with Pinterest, you can also follow the pin boards of friends and family to share ideas, collaborate on projects and get feedback from people you trust.

Find more resources

If you want to find more tips from interior designer bloggers, check out Pad Style at http://padstyle.com for the top 25 interior design blogs that offer a wealth of inspiration and information.

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