These days, it seems like everyone is on Pinterest. And why not? It’s fun, easy-to-use and who doesn’t love looking at beautiful pictures and drool-worthy recipes?
And if you’re in the process of building or remodeling a home, Pinterest is one of the best places to find inspiration. From over-the-top, luxurious rooms that cost millions to simple do-it-yourself projects to jazz up a single corner of your home, Pinterest has it all.
It’s the little-bit-of-everything nature of Pinterest that can get homeowners in trouble, though. There are simply so many ideas on Pinterest that it’s easy to get in over your head with home improvement projects. In fact, there are five big ways that Pinterest can torpedo your do-it-yourself plans before you even start.
1. Don’t Get In Over Your Head
Looking at a photo of a gorgeous kitchen on Pinterest, you might think “My kitchen is similar to that. All it needs is new lights/painted cabinets/different countertops.” Or maybe you find a blueprint for a piece of furniture that can be built with just basic lumber supplies. But before you run off to buy tools and supplies, consider your skill level and experience. Sure, a blogger or home improvement site might rave about how “simple” it is to replace a light fixture or refinish a floor, but if you’ve never done it before the project could be a DIY disaster.
That’s not to say that every Pinterest project is best left to a professional, but before you dive in, consider your limitations and get help for more advanced endeavours.
2. Consider Your Home or Property’s Features Before Diving Into a Project
Perusing Pinterest and seeing what others have done can spark an idea for your own home that you may never have considered before. But not every idea is right for every home. For example, it may be possible to install a large water feature in the garden, but is that really right for your home? Is your garden small or surrounded by trees that will clog the filters and be hard to care for? Or will that paint color that looks great in the large, sunny space pictured online create a cave-like feeling in your smaller, darker home?
Using Pinterest for inspiration is fine, but customize and personalize the ideas to your home. If you have your heart set on something that simply won’t work, it may be time to start collecting information on house and land packages and create exactly the home that you want.
3. Be Wary of Over-Personalisation
Your home is a reflection of you, your tastes and personality. And while you want your surroundings to be comfortable, there is also such a thing as too much personalization. When you see a project on Pinterest that’s quirky or unusual — for example, multi-colored cabinetry, unusual mosaic designs or themed rooms — consider your plans for your home before creating your own version.
If you think you will be selling soon, don’t go overboard with personalized décor, as you’ll most likely have to undo it all before you list the home for sale. While you might love the fuchsia trim on your kitchen cabinets, not everyone else will.
4. Avoid Unrealistic Expectations
Pinterest creates the same phenomena as home improvement shows: the “this will only take an afternoon effect.” When you see a photo of an incredible space and click on the source to read a blog, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking the project can be completed in a short time — even if it’s a major overhaul.
Another problem? Expecting that your home will look exactly like the photos. Keep in mind that professionally designed and photographed rooms have been styled to look their best, and homes with active families most likely never look like that. You’re living real life in your home with kids, pets and the detritus of everyday life, so be realistic about how your home will look at the end of the project.
5. Avoid Too Much Inspiration
With millions of images on the site, it’s easy to get stuck in the process of pinning and dreaming, but not doing. Avoid pinning too many similar images, and make a rule to only pin the images that you absolutely love. That way, when it comes time to actually make decisions, you’ll have a clear idea of what you want and how to go about getting it.
There’s no denying that Pinterest is a valuable resource for DIY-ers or anyone who wants to make changes to their home. By keeping your head about you and not getting caught up in the excitement of pinning, Pinterest can be a positive addition to your home improvement arsenal instead of a headache-inducing and costly habit.