Written by Zoe Clark
“Pin this. Pin that. Pin that one, too. Pin ’em all!”
Pinterest is a fascinating virtual nook where many DIY decorators come to fish for ideas. But while readily available design inspiration is always welcome, too much of the good stuff can become a problem unless you watch your step – or better said, the size and number of your decor-themed pinboards. How come, you may wonder? The answer’s simple: if you’re obsessed with home upgrades and constantly on the lookout for fancy tidbits to add to your nest, you may soon wind up spending a small fortune on accessories and fine frills, plus you’ll never get to truly savor your home as-is. So, is Pinterest good or bad? Is it a DIY decorator’s best buddy, or is it a homeowner’s worst enemy?
For the Love of Pins: Where Pinterest Can Help
When your home decor ideas fall silent, all you need to do to nudge your imagination onto the right track is log onto Pinterest. Hit Search, and all those lovely pictures of cool things you simply have to have in your home will start flashing before your eyes at the speed of light.
The positive sides of Pinterest for a homeowner plagued by lack of design inspiration are pretty obvious. With pinboards neatly arranged by room, style, and other convenient taglines, finding a nice piece of decor to add to your home office or living area is easy-peasy. From freestanding bathtubs and curated beds to DIY ornaments and clever storage units, Pinterest is a go-to for everything and anything that’s connected to interior design and home improvement. Whoever said that decorating a home calls for creativity and lengthy planning? As it appears, all you need to turn your home into a lap of luxury these days is a Pinterest account.
Beyond the Pin: The Steep Price of Decor Charm.
Finding an illustrated manual for DIY decorations is no longer a problem now that Pinterest is here. However budgeting the upgrade is a completely different matter. A pitch-perfect decor is a costly affair, especially if you’re not the craftiest of self-styled home designers. What’s worse, resisting the temptation to cash out for a suave piece of furniture gets even tougher when you’re being bombed with alluring pictures of expensive furnishings. They’re always taken at just the right angle against a fancy-looking backdrop.
But the problem doesn’t stop at one price tag only. If you want to turn your nest into copy of a magazine cover, you’ll need more than a single decor update. You simply can’t achieve that high-end home look with one piece of statement furniture. To replicate the mansion-style decor, you will also have to upgrade the floors, walls, and possibly even a few other elements of your home. One decor update usually calls for another. Which means that the total cost of a home makeover inspired by Pinterest may eventually add up to a much higher figure than you originally bargained for.
The Obsession with Aesthetics: What’s It All For?
We’d love to live in designer homes, but do we actually need all those charming accessories? Do these really make our homes a hotbed of love and comfort? Of course not. What makes a house a home has little to do with aesthetics. Yes, a freestanding tub is a chic bathroom touch. Asymmetric furniture is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Oh and that king-size bed looks like a prop out of movies. What’s it all worth if you’re not happy in your own nest with or without all that glitz?
When it comes to Pinterest-inspired home makeovers and actual update needs, it’s the old story of Wants vs. Needs. On one hand, lavish trims and all things fancy will add a few figures to your property’s market value. Just be aware that not all update ideas you stumble across on Pinterest are really worth their weight in cash. Instead of getting carried away by visuals, it may better to invest in practical uses rather than aesthetic value. Opt for furniture and accessories that make your place livable, not just eye-catching.
So is Pinterest really a homeowners best friend when it comes to home renovation? It can be, granted common sense. Just like any other social sharing platform out there, Pinterest can be useful if used with moderation. However, if it seems that your nest is always one tiny upgrade away from perfection, it may be a symptom that the real issue goes far beyond what’s missing from your living area. As the old adage goes, “perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”