If you haven’t heard of Pinterest yet, you might want to consider taking time to decipher it and all the wonderful things it has to offer. To summarize, Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. It is used to organize and share all the beautiful and creative ideas you find on the web. It also allows you to browse the pinboards of others to get inspiration. In a nutshell, Pinterest is a do-it-yourselfer’s dream, and if you have the itch to begin a home design project, think about starting here first.
(1) Create: Create your project boards then gather and pin ideas whether they come from other boards, websites, magazines or blogs. Sometimes the pins can look like clutter, making it hard to remember its purpose, so be sure to make notes on each pin as to what it was you liked about it. After a while, you’ll start seeing clarity as to where your project is headed.
(2) Share: Social media is a wonderful tool, especially when it comes to sharing ideas. If you’d like to see how well your project would be received, share selected pins (or your entire board) on your Facebook page and ask your friends for feedback. If this isn’t a personal project, but a professional one, be sure to share your pins and board with any designer or client you are dealing with.
(3) Downsize: Here’s where all that note taking will help. It’s time to downsize your boards to something more manageable and realistic. Start by looking over your pins. Are there things that need too much DIY work? If so, remove them. Is there something that exceeds your budget? Yes? Remove them or replace with an affordable alternative. A project will be much easier to start once you have a more streamlined approach.
(4) Finalize: Now that you have filtered through the pins, your board should have only the images that truly reflect the result you want to achieve. Finalize any last minute tweaks, start making lists as to what you need, hit the store and get started on your new home design project!
Pinners to Follow
There is a wealth of pinners out there, but it might seem impossible to know where to start. Here is a short list of some pinners worth following:
- Robert Allen Design
- Miss Millionairess
- The Land of Nod
- Better Homes and Gardens
As stated earlier, there is a wealth of pinners out there, so just sit back and enjoy sorting through your favorite styles. Happy pinning!
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