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Are Pinterest Photos Making Your Decor Decisions Harder?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I think decorating your home was easier five years ago. Before 2010 – the year Pinterest came into our lives – we took the majority of our design inspiration from sources like TV, magazines and the world around us (including commercial spaces like cafes, bars and restaurants), often developing a firm idea over time of what we liked, loathed and were undecided on.

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It feels like ye olde times now – to think of that era before Pinterest, when we relied so heavily on designers, stylists and decorators to deliver us the inspiration we craved to decorate our homes. Nowadays, we can find the dreamy imagery ourselves, not needing resources outside of our laptops and smartphones to deliver the ideas to us.

Waiting a month for your fave interiors mag to come out to discover new interior trends and styles almost seems redundant too, with Pinterest doing that for us and often beating publishers to the punch.

So what’s the point of this post, you might be wondering. Well, while we still get ideas from TV, mags and the world around us, Pinterest has undoubtedly replaced a lot of those traditional mediums, making it easier to get thousands of ideas but presenting another obstacle at the same time; overloading us with so many options we’ve become completely overwhelmed. So, this is my question: Are Pinterest photos making your design decisions easier or harder?

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Now, I’m finding that decorators are not being asked as much to provide ideas; they’re being asked to cull many concepts and images found online down into one resolved design for their client. It is changing the way stylists work with their clients and it’s something that I don’t think happened before Pinterest landed. I think years ago, the options were limited and therefore so were our interior schemes. Is it a bad thing or a good one? I’m kind of on the fence.

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Of course, I’d be eager to get your thoughts on this topic – as I imagine many of you are avid Pinterest fans (as am I, of course!). But I wonder if this has happened to you, also. Have you fallen into a Pinterest hole before, unable to get out and not sure what your style is? Do you get overwhelmed by the endless options Pinterest presents you with? And do you think now, if you called on the help of an interior stylist, that you would in fact be asking them to help you cull your ideas down into a resolved scheme rather than present you with new ones?

Drop me a comment below and lets chat 🙂

The hero image for this post comes courtesy of Inside Out.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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3 Responses

  1. I do love Pinterest..and the main problem I have with it? Is getting off the Laptop! It doesn’t confuse me as I know what I like and I only PIN things that I like, so my boards are what I love and only what I love…. jenn xx

    1. That’s a smart way to do it Jenn. And I totally hear you regarding trying to get off of it. It’s like Alice down the rabbit hole; once you’re in it’s incredibly hard to escape!

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