While our homes give an insight into our personalities and individuality, we often take inspiration from others when looking for interior ideas. Since its launch five years ago, Pinterest has become the ultimate photo storage tool, collecting all users’ favourite images in one place. Whether you’re already signed up to the social network or not, it’s the perfect starting point for discovering all sorts of home styling, which you can save to your personal profile in your own unique way to draw from in the future.
In order to help you get started, or refresh your decorating mojo, we got in touch with some of our favourite ‘Pinners’ and asked them to tell us more about the motivation behind their boards dedicated to interior design.
With a beautiful blog, it’s no surprise that Laura’s Pinterest is just as aesthetically pleasing. She has over 70 boards and 4,500 pins, and there isn’t much that Laura doesn’t cover when it comes to homes, with the addition of crafts and entertaining ideas too. If you like our pendant lighting range, you’ll find some lovely ideas for using this kind of lighting in a kitchen environment on her board below.
“My interior design boards are all for personal inspiration. I pin things that I like in general to boards like "Kitchens" or "Bedrooms." When I'm working on a specific project, I'll create a new board for the room. For example, I recently moved and created three boards for the new apartment (one for the kitchen, one for the bathroom and one for the apartment as a whole). I've also created boards for a couple designers whose work I greatly admire, like Tom Scheerer and Thomas O'Brien - it's a great way to have their work in one place when I am looking for inspiration.” – Laura Fenton, The Little House in the City
It’s no fluke that Jane has more than 11,000 followers, as her immaculately organised Pinterest account proves. Everything is very minimal and clean, with plenty of ideas for accessorising the home and the garden too.
"I'm quite addicted to Pinterest, I find it a most useful and inspiring tool for those passionate about lifestyle and interiors. I found it rather hard to choose one of my favourite boards as I love them all equally but I am always drawn to my Pale & Interesting board for inspiration. The natural elements of this board are calming, I like interiors to reflect this so the images collated here also include beautiful pared back styling from the outside, to nature, clothing, styled surfaces to full interiors. Every aspect of this board reflects my belief in less is more, good design and natural well-made simple items that everyone should have in their home." – Jane, Tea with Ruby
As the winner of the Best Residential Interior Design Practice in 2014, you’ll want to take as much inspiration from Curve’s Pinterest boards as possible. Displaying the latest trends, as well as home improvements, after a pinning session here you’ll end up wanting to revamp your property from top to bottom.
“Curve’s Pinterest boards are a mixture of our own trend reporting where we collect images together of the new season’s colours, textures, favourite furniture items etc. These boards could be added to by the whole team with favourite finds and help to inspire us. We use Pinterest to show images from trips we’ve been on, or completed projects. Some of our boards are also put together to research a specific project style, for example, New York style student house. Or an even more detailed part of a project, for example, sliding glass doors or bathroom ideas. These are then used in client meetings to discuss favourite ideas and guide our design work.” – Lucy Clarke, Director of Curve
Get a glimpse of Camilla’s personal tastes from her boards, which include intricately decorated kitchens and grandly decorated living areas. As an interior designer for a living, you can trust that everything Camilla posts is of impeccable style, and one that you will want to base your interior decisions on.
“Pinterest is a great source for collecting ideas for projects. Most of my work is bespoke kitchens so if I am looking to get inspiration for a certain detail I can fire a search into Pinterest & of course pin it into a folder when I see something I like. This tends to happen late at night when I'm supposed to not be working! I am sure that's how I found Grace & Glory when sourcing copper knobs in the UK.” – Camilla Pringle, Director of Camilla Pringle Interiors
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