In Rita Konig’s interior design course, she highlights that Pinterest is a fantastic starting point to help you flesh out your remodelling ideas. Pinterest is a visual search engine, a virtual take on an old fashion pinboard, and a fantastic resource when it comes to inspiration for home decor ideas.

 

Step 1. Understanding Pinterest terminology

 

 

Pin

 

Pins are bookmarks on Pinterest used to save images you like. A pin contains an image, a description, and a link. If you click through the pin you are taken to the website where the content was produced or where you can purchase a product seen in the image.

 

Repin

 

A repin is sharing other persons pin on your board, this is done by pressing ‘save’.

 

Board

 

The pins that you save are placed on boards. Boards can be named and arranged on your profile the way you best see fit. You can invite other people to your boards, creating Group boards.

You can also create secret boards that are only visible to you.

 

 

Section

 

A section is a subset of your board (almost like a board within a board), allowing you to categorise things further.

 

Screenshot of the Pinterest board How to Curate Design Ideas with Rita Konig showing how sections can be used to categorise ideas.

Profile

 

Your profile displays your various boards and you can see who is following you and who you are following. When you follow people you are automatically following their pins boards, however, this can be changed by clicking on their profile and clicking ‘unfollow boards’.

 

Step 2. Starting a new board

 

To start a new board find a pin that you love and click save. When making a board, you give it a name, such as kitchen ideas or a modern kitchen when designing a kitchen.  You can choose to make the board secret and add collaborators. You may also select a date when you expect to finish the project.

 

Searching on Pinterest

 

Start searching for pins for your project. For example, in the case of designing a kitchen, key search words would be kitchen ideas; kitchen ideas modern, kitchen ideas for remodelling. You can be as specific as you want. You can add Pinterest as an extension to Google Chrome that allows you to pin things from anywhere on the Internet.

 

Pin, Pin, Pin!

 

Now that you understand the key Pinterest terminology it’s time to create boards that will help you to undertake your home decor journey.  We recommend creating a different board for the different rooms in your project. You can go into as little or as much detail as possible. Sections can be used to further organise your board. For example, when planning for a kitchen, the sections could be split into cabinets, backsplash, lighting and colour.

Step 3. Refining your boards

 

As you develop your boards and sections, you will begin to find that you are drawn to the same things over and over again. This is incredibly useful in helping you better understand your design style and what you want your space to evoke. Refining and reviewing are so important, look over what you have pinned and ask yourself these key questions.

 

What are the overarching themes of the spaces you have pinned?

What are the recurring materials, patterns, colours and textures within these spaces?

What atmosphere do these various spaces to evoke?

 

After considering these factors, you will better understand what it is you want from your space. In the kitchen’s case, it’s clear that the overarching theme was a modern take on a British farmhouse kitchen. The recurring materials were hardwood flooring and green appeared to be a recurring colour.

 

Step 4. Collaborating

 

To invite people to collaborate on your board, click the plus sign next to the board name. You can search by first name and last name, email or username and then press Invite, anyone you’re working with will receive an email or notification about your invitation. Alternatively, you can click the copy link to give it to the people you want to add.

 

Step 5. Shopping

 

Pinterest now allows users to search for products to buy. This can be achieved by typing the product you want to purchase into the search bar. Then filtering the to show only product pins, which are shoppable pins with up-to-date costs, availability and product titles. You can save the product pins onto your boards.

 

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