Dreaming of your home renovation, you open Pinterest for inspiration.
But two hours later, you’re still scrolling through endless images with bloodshot eyes and your matcha latte's gone cold.
You got side-tracked into looking at exotic travel destinations; pinned some random fashion images; forgot to pin that great sofa and now you can’t find it; and everything’s in a mess.
You hit the X and close it down! And you’re no further forward.
We all love Pinterest, it’s a gold mine of inspiration for interior design.
There’s more than 200 billion images!
Which is great, but how do you find the best ideas without developing Pinner’s fatigue and getting overwhelmed?
Doing a few simple things will put you in control of Pinterest.
Having used Pinterest for years, these are my top tips for getting the most from this fantastic resource.
Pinterest analyses you and learns what you like. It does this by looking at your boards.
Think of your boards like your wardrobe. An organised wardrobe makes it easy to throw a great outfit together. Pinterest’s the same. If your boards are organised, Pinterest can throw great inspiration at you.
Let’s say you have just one board with all your ideas. A jumble of rugs, tiles, plants, bathrooms all mixed together. It makes it impossible to analyse.
Instead, create a specific board for each room. This gives Pinterest a clear idea of what you’re looking for. So it can show you the very best of what you love in your feed.
* Did you know? By default anyone can look at your boards. If you tick the visibility box it makes them secret.
Now you’ve created your boards you’ll be itching to get pinning.
But before you dive in, there’s a couple of things that’ll make your experience even better. They’ll take you from 'scattergun pinner', to professional Pinterest user.
Get Pinterest to do the hard work for you. Tell it what you’re looking for and allow it to personalise your feed. It then filters out all the rubbish. And only presents you with the most inspiring ideas, relevant to your project.
As you happily pin away, you’ll see each room taking shape. But if you’re like me, the pins you found an hour ago look stale as new ones come along. It’s time to purge.
At bit of housekeeping along the way, keeps boards clutter free and Pinterest happy. Remember, it doesn’t like jumble.
I know sometimes it’s hard to let go. But deleting makes a big difference. Here’s my top tip to work out which images to purge.
Let’s say you’re looking at kitchen tiles and worktops. With Pinterest’s great new drag and drop feature, you can move your images around the board and create different tile/worktop combinations. Once you’ve got your favourites, bin the rest.
* If you can’t bear to get rid of your pins, click 'move' to transfer them to another board.
Pinterest can be addictive and it’s easy to get carried away. The trick is, it pays to be picky. Don’t pin everything that catches your eye.
Because Pinterest learns what you like, only pin images you love. This keeps your feed premium, not mediocre.
The same goes when choosing who to follow.
People with great boards have already done the hard work. They’ve collected the best designs and inspiration in one place. You can pin from their edited boards, and your feed shows any new images they pin. So nothing’s missed.
Start by following us @studiohazeldean. We’ve curated 28 boards with more of what you love - the best interiors inspiration.
Which type of Pinner are you?
Yes, anything on the web is pinnable!
But only if you have the Pinterest browser button.
Now you can pin anything from the web and bring it into Pinterest!
I know what you’re saying. 'It’s sounds like hard work Dan. Can’t I just have fun and pin loads of stuff?'
Don’t do it!
You’ll be missing out on 90% of what Pinterest has to offer. Missing out on the curated, refined, premium version of Pinterest.
Doing these five simple things will set you up to get the best from this fantastic resource. And get you closer to the modern, minimal interior of your dreams.