Pinterest: The Modern Equivalent of a Design Notebook
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
One of the first steps in any remodel is finding inspiration. You can find great ideas in a lot of places: friends’ homes, design showrooms, television shows, magazines and books. But one of the easiest ways to record images of rooms that appeal to you, ideas you want to incorporate into your remodel and even concepts or questions you want to ask your design team is by using Pinterest.
Pinterest is little like a modern version of a corkboard. It’s a photo-sharing site where users can “pin” (copy) images from practically anywhere on the web onto a single, manageable, personal collection. If you have a Pinterest account, you can create as many “boards” (subject themes) as you like. Then, as you come across images that inspire you, simply “pin” them to your own boards. Additionally you can search for images that other Pinterest users have pinned to their boards and “re-pin” (copy) them to your own.
All of this is organized visually, which is perfect for determining your taste, style and design priorities. You can share your Pinterest boards with your design team to give them an idea of your preferences.
Signing up with Pinterest is easy: just visit the web site and create an account. At that point you can create a board or two and start browsing. Try typing into the search bar the name of the room you’ll be remodeling, or simply “windows” or “remodeling ideas.” Every time you see an image that appeals to you, “pin” it to your own board. You may find that you like everything—or nearly everything—on another Pinner’s boards. In this case you may want to “follow” that Pinner; that way you’ll get updates of their new pins whenever you log into your account.
There are pretty images all over the Internet, of course and if you install a “Pin It” button on your browser bar you can also pin any images you come across on the web. Like that fantastic kitchen remodel on the Sunset Magazine web site? Just pin your favorite images to your board for future reference.
If you find that inspiration is a little too much in abundance and you need to whittle your board down to a manageable size, you can do that too. Images can be moved to other boards or deleted if you’ve gotten a little carried away.
Give yourself plenty of time to daydream about your ideal space. Even if you start out unsure about your personal style, a pattern will eventually emerge over time.
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