Pinspiration: Using Pinterest as the Spark to Ignite Your Design Fire
Don’t just tell your interior designer what you want—show us!
The start of a beautiful relationship always begins with a fantastic conversation – one that builds a connection between two people. This is true in our personal lives and it is just as true for almost any relationship in which we may find ourselves, including the one between you and your interior designer.
However, communication can be a tricky thing. That’s why interior designers like us and clients like you absolutely LOVE Pinterest. It makes it easy for you to get really specific about what you do and don’t like so we can design your space exactly the way you’ve imagined it.
Pinterest 101: For those of you who don’t already know
In the simplest of terms, Pinterest is a social media platform that allows users to organize photos by pinning them to virtual boards—it’s like a vision board for the 21st century. It’s social because you can see other people’s “pins” and “boards,” follow them, comment, and share.
When searching for an interior designer to work with, it’s always a good idea to explore their Pinterest boards and see the interior spaces they have created. Jewel Toned Interiors, for example, has more than 60 boards, all of which have been organized into individual room ideas, our own portfolio of work, textiles, tablescapes, and more.
Get inspired and show your interior design team exactly what you like
Once registered on the site, it’s time to create a board to help organize your thoughts and ideas for your design. You can set up multiple boards for specific tastes and pin colors and textures, or create a single board for each room in your project.
You also have the option of making your board public – others can see what you’ve pinned, leave a comment, and re-pin anything that you’ve pinned onto their own boards – or secret, which means your board is for your eyes only, plus anyone you invite via private link.
For collaboration with Jewel Toned Interiors, it’s best to go with a secret board. There aren’t any distractions from followers, which means you’re able to focus on your vision. We’ll see your comments and notes, which helps us know what’s special about each image you’ve pinned.
Many pinned photos link directly to the source, which can come in handy when pinning items from online retailers. This means less legwork trying to find or recall your wants and wishes later on.
Pinterest helps the conversation
Before Pinterest, clients would arrive with a binder overflowing with ideas. Or they’d trust that we would be able to imagine and create what they described. Both of those options worked and we’ve developed countless designs that way.
Pinterest simply streamlines the initial “getting to know you” process and makes it easier for you to share exactly what you envision. Another bonus is that it’s mobile—viewable on phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops—which means you and your designer can reference it immediately no matter where you are.
If a single picture is worth a thousand words, can you imagine what a Pinterest board of personally-curated pictures is worth? As you and your designer review the photos, your designer is better able to understand your vision.
Be as specific as you like
With your design board, you can be as specific as you desire. You can keep to a general color palette or you can communicate specifics like lighting choices, hardware, and artwork.
The more specific you can be, the faster your designer can begin the actual design process and the faster your vision becomes a reality.
Follow JTI on Pinterest
We just love when clients arrive with a Pinterest board. It’s an instrumental tool that helps to steer the design process from its earliest stage, and it can be reviewed, reflected upon, and updated as the project moves forward. Schedule a free consultation with us today and get your Pinterest boards ready so we can bring your dreams to life!