Leverage Pinterest to Help You Design Your Space
It’s the virtual pin board of the world and once you start, you can’t stop. Pinterest provides inspiration to millions every day. It’s natural that you turn there when you’re planning your new home or a remodel.
Pinterest can be a very helpful tool in the design phase of your project. It can help you effectively communicate with your designer, architect, or builder and ultimately get the look you want right down to the tiniest details.
Use Pinterest as a Tool for Design
Pinterest is one of the best tools for the early stages of designing your home. You have thousands of images at your fingertips to help you define what you like and what you don’t so you can end up with a beautiful room that you love. Here are some ideas to leverage Pinterest to your advantage as you plan your design.
Get a Pin Board Strategy
Instead of lumping all your bathroom remodel ideas onto one board, make subcategories. While Pinterest doesn’t currently have the ability to put subcategories within a board, you can create new boards with more specific purposes like bathroom counters or bathroom floor tile. Name the board after its broader category and its sub category (bathroom-tile floor or bathroom-vanity) so you can locate what you're looking for much quicker when you sit down with your designer or architect.
Get comfortable with the “like” feature of Pinterest and like your own pins. It can jog your memory later if you find something you really like and don’t want to forget. In tandem with liking your best pins, be sure to change the description on the pin so you can remember what it was you liked so much about the image. Think of it as if you’re writing your future self a little note.
Think like a Designer
Turn Pinterest into your very own look book so it’s ready for your designer. Instead of pinning room scenes that reflect the style you like, look more closely at different elements of the room. For instance, you may see a room that you don’t particularly care for, but the color scheme is to die for. Create boards for elements you know your designer is going to ask you about like
Go Shopping with Pinterest
As you come across materials and products that you love, keep track of them with Pinterest. Pin your favorite floor tile or wallpaper to a “products” board. It will make shopping much easier when it’s finally time to pull out your wallet. It also makes your designer’s job easier when you show him or her favorite products which you can use as the foundation of a great design.
Keep Track of Tools
When you happen across a great online mosaic designer tool or a color scheme creator, don’t forget to pin it so you can continue to play with it as your tastes develop into a design. You’ll be glad you did when you can skip the lengthy Google search to find it again.
Follow Other Pinners
Use the search bar to look for specific elements like kitchen countertops. Then use the tabs under the search bar to narrow down the search from all pins ever pinned about kitchen countertops to specific pinners or boards that focus on kitchen countertops. This will introduce a feed of kitchen countertop pins into your account so you can take advantage of other people’s finds.
If your search terms are broad enough and popular enough, Pinterest will provide you with options that will help you to narrow down your search. Of the numberless kitchen countertop pins out there, you can narrow it down by material, color, application, and plenty of other related items.
Share Those Pins
A great way to stay in touch with your designer, from a creative standpoint, is to share your pinboards with him or her. Send pins to your contacts on Pinterest or use Twitter, Google+, Yahoo, or Gmail to send them outside the Pinterest universe.
Another option is to have your designer follow your board. You could also create a secret board that is only visible to people you invite to participate. Your designer will want to meet with you personally to discuss your vision and Pinterest can help spark the conversation.
Pinterest has a large amount of excellent imagery—award-winning in fact. Remember that many of these images are custom designs that use the best materials and are installed by seasoned pros. If you are going to DIY, have a limited budget, or hope to use a generic plan—you can’t expect to get the same results you see in the image.
It’s a big job for your designer to take all those images you provided and create a harmonious whole. Don’t forget to be flexible and open to your designer’s interpretation of your vision. If you fixate on recreating an image you found on Pinterest, you may miss out on some great ideas.
Let Pinspiration help you achieve the perfect look for your new home or remodel.