A messy kitchen and a few unidentified desserts later, you realize Pinterest isn't always as easy as it looks. Pinterest can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Chances are it's been both for everyone. The same goes for designing your home. It is a wonderful resource for inspiration, but you can't take every thing you see and recreate it exactly. It all depends on the layout, architecture and lighting. If your house isn't identical to what you're seeing on Pinterest (and I mean down to the herringbone floors and floor to ceiling windows) then it's not going to look the same. However, Pinterest is also one of my favorite tools in showing clients an inspiration of ideas to help them get a feel for their future space. Here are some of the ways I recommend using Pinterest to get the most out of all of those pretty pictures you pinned.
What stands out to you the most in the photo?
In this photo I find that I'm drawn to the darling headboards and the middle frame. What do I actually like about those? I love the fabric on the headboards. This doesn't mean I need to go and upholster my brand new bed in a green and blue fabric. It means I like that type of pattern. I also find the framing of the middle picture so unique. Lately I've been researching different types of art and so it may be that I am drawn to it because of a recent obsession. It stands out to me compared to the other more subtle pieces it's paired with. Noted.
Do you prefer light and bright or dark and moody?
If you find yourself obsessively pinning photos like the one here, you probably need to live in a glass house. Chances are you're drawn to the natural light and bright feeling. I am also in love with that look. Consider what helps bring in the light. Are your walls dark? What type of lighting sources do you have? Do you have window treatments? All of those things play into how bright and airy your space will feel.
What's your color palette?
Pins can be a very helpful way to help you decide on paint. Look at your boards and see what colors they all have in common. Do you tend to pin warm and soft colors or cooler and bolder? I have an entire board dedicated to all things blue and white. That is and will forever be my favorite color combo. So guess what... my entire house is blue and white.
What really creates the room?
While I love bamboo seating and blue and white fabrics, the gallery wall is really what makes this space. They even took it a step beyond a simple gallery wall and added a shelf above to add in even more art. And in case you were too distracted by the awesome art display, the floors don't hurt in making the space as well. What space in your home could use a simple facelift without changing out all the furniture and upholstery?
Know when to say NO.
And lastly, try your hardest to avoid the big trends that won't last more than a few years. Know when to say no. Pinterest lovessss super trendy rooms and I see them popping up on my feed all the time. While I also love trends and follow them (see my last blog post), it's all about finding the right trends that will remain timeless and classic.