We live in a world that’s fueled by social media. No matter what social media platform you choose to follow (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc), it seems as though there’s no shortage of advice you can find (whether you’re looking or not).
Honestly, I don’t blame you if you’ve decided to forgo certain platforms (I’ve even considered minimizing how much I get involved). With that said, I do think that two platforms can be extra helpful when it comes to home decorating: Instagram and Pinterest.
For those who aren’t familiar with either of those, here’s a brief rundown:
Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly, or privately to pre-approved followers.
Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows you to organize and share all the beautiful and creative ideas you find on the web.
You may be wondering–What do they possibly have to do with decorating? Well, both media platforms revolve around visuals–and visuals are very important when it comes to home decorating.
The great thing about Instagram and Pinterest is that they allow like-minded individuals to connect and share decorating inspiration. On a daily basis, you have the ability to discover new ideas and brands as well as ways to refine your design style.
It doesn’t really matter if you’re a do-it-yourselfer or a homeowner with money to spend–Instagram and Pinterest are two great social media platforms that can help turn your decorating dreams into reality. If you have the itch to begin a home project, consider looking into these two apps.
When it comes to Instagram, all you can do is “follow” other people or designers. To find designers who share your style, all it really takes is a simple Google search. Scope out interior designers and decorators you like online and then click on the Instagram logo provided on their page. Once you choose to follow them, check your feed for the latest and greatest decorating ideas they have to offer.
To get you started, here are 10 of our favorites to follow:
Of course, you can follow home design and decorating websites such as HGTV, Houzz, Better Homes and Gardens as well.
The nice thing about Pinterest is that you can save images you like to virtual pinboards. If you’re starting a decorating project, here are 4 steps that can help you get your thoughts in order.
(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!
With some many pinners out there, 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.
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