Design Quicksand

Jan 29, 2017 | Uncategorized

Let’s be honest, most of us have, at some point, used Pinterest.  And why wouldn’t you?

But…beware of the design quicksand that you can get stuck in when you go pin-crazy!  Let me explain…

Pinterest does exactly what it says on the tin and is a great way to store ideas, images and inspiration. Instead of constantly saving what you find online, or painstakingly printing and scrap booking it’s now one quick and easy step to pin the stuff you like.

However… when you use Pinterest for design and decoration ideas, users can look at items in a bubble.  A scandi table here, a modernist chair there, mid-century fabrics, shaker cabinetry etc. etc.

This essentially leads to a really muddled overall design view, and it’s something I see with about 50% of my new clients.  Especially after holiday periods 🙂

Don’t get me wrong… be inspired.  It’s awesome to consider architecture, design and decoration from different locations and periods.  How else will you find and evolve your own style?  And that is the trick…finding “your” style.

Which is where I always start with clients.  As a designer, it’s my job to find and blend the best complementary parts of what you like, and come up with a style and design that’s unique to you, or at least point you towards the styles you feel strongly about and ignore the rest.

It’s not always easy but blending pieces together, in the same space, is the art of interior design.

So wherever you get your inspiration from… avoid quicksand by considering the context of your home and how you live in it, finding your style and using design services to help you refine, improve and deliver your designs.

If you want to see how a designer uses Pinterest, check out my boards here. Or start your own board(s), share ideas and take a look at what other people are dreaming up

To find out how to get the best out of your design ideas, talk to Anoushka at SmartSpace Interiors.  Contact me by clicking here.

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