How I used Pinterest to create a plan for an outer-space-meets-velour den

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Pinterest is an online app which makes it fast and easy to make, fill, and share various inspiration boards. There are two ways to add images to your boards:

  • As you come across cool shit online, you can “Pin” images to your account using a bookmarklet is your browser
  • You can use Pinterest as a search engine, a great option when you’re looking for something very specific.

Pinterest is perfect for interior design — even for non-interior designers like me. My skills at decoration are severely limited by my dislike of shopping, but luckily, I’ve got mad skillz when it comes to collecting images from the internet. I’ve been e-hoarding for a decade!

Even if you aren’t a seasoned digital hoarder, you too can harness the power of Pinterest to bring your interior design dreams closer to fruition. Here’s how:

Step 1: Getting started

Create an account

Head to Pinterest and fill in your details.

Start a board

Name it. I’m making one for a Chic Movie Room — a plan for our den.

Step 2: Add booty to your board

We use this space mainly to watch TV, play PS3, and stream Netflix. I’m super lucky in that my husband and I have very similar decor tastes — monochromatic, clean lined, well-built — so those are the basics I’ll be looking for.

You need at least a starter idea, or this is going to go to hell fast. The good news is: it doesn’t matter a ton where you start. Choose colors, a piece of art you like (or better! own!), a sofa… base your room on your beloved sheepdog for all I care!

If you are at a loss, start with color — search Pinterest for “palette.” Right away, I found these books and remembered that Scott and I love retro-industrial colors.

So, cool. You can move on to search basic terms like couch and shop until you “buy” one. I wouldn’t put THIS couch in my den, but it’s a good inspiration-starter: its fabric and shape are reminiscent of movie theater seats.

And as you keep searching, loving, pinning, you’ll find more specific stuff to go in your dreamspace. I want this vinyl toy — just a billion times bigger.

You’ll also run across spaces which inspire you. We adore mid-century modern design, but I also dig spaceships and futuristic interiors — their downplayed palette, unusual shapes, and heavy use of similar metals and plastics make interiors look like they were molded as a single piece.

Notice that this spaceship sort of jives with my palette?

Step 3: Keep it going

Install the bookmarklet

Pinterest has a load of images to search and catalogue, but its real power comes from the smooooth bookmarklet. All you need to is visit this page and drag the Pin It! image to your toolbar. Beautiful! Now you can save any image you come across.

So as I’m rating movies on Flickchart I come across this alternate poster for Moon, click “Pin It!,” and now it’s on my board, alongside my other inspirations.

Look for the Pin it button in the wild

For example, the red button at the bottom of every Offbeat Home post.

Refine as you go

As I collect images, I can identify commonalities in what I’m looking for. Retro objects built to look futuristic, like a sixties TV set and this appliance’s faceplate. I see that, though I chose a palette, I’m also selecting loads of low-color images — so maybe I should focus on punches of color for throws and art. And — no surprise to me — I love clean lines and metals.

I’ve spent an hour on the board for my Retro/Future Movie Den, and now I have a much better idea of what I want to include in that space. Next time I swallow to hard nut of going shopping, I’m way more prepared. And soon I’l start working on our upstairs family room — this tool is rejuvenating my desire to decorate!

Got a Pinterest board Homies would love? Share it in the comments and we can all Pin together. ALSO: Need an invitation? Leave a comment and we’ll send an invite!

Comments on How I used Pinterest to create a plan for an outer-space-meets-velour den

  1. I’m enjoying using Pinterest, in general, but a word of warning: they are crap about responding to complaints or questions. I’ve emailed them multiple times (and I got an invite pretty early on in the beta process), and never yet heard back. If you have a question about how it works, they are not your best bet.

  2. Oooh yes, Pinterest has grabbed my interest! ^_^ I have a scrap book full of images from mags for interior design and decorating and was wondering if it would work in much the same way. Fantastic. Now to procure myself an invite. *HINT*

  3. I love Pinterest. I have a ton of boards. If anyone needs an invite, hit me up. It’s super easy and I like it better than bookmarking things to my toolbar, because I’m better at remembering images that names of pages.

  4. I LOVE pinterest!!! I will warn all of you who are thinking of jumping on the pinning bandwagon: IT IS VERY ADDICTIVE!!!! Now that I’ve said that, I will admit to having spent HOURS of time pinning and repinning inspiration.

    Here are boards I think you all will love:

    1.This one is general home-related pins, cool things, DIY cleaners, advice etc:

    2. This one is all about craft rooms. I am in the (slow-going) process of creating a craft room and have found TONS of great ideas on pinterest (which seems like a VERY crafty community thusfar):

    Feel free to follow these boards and steal my pins! Happy Pinning!!!!! 😀

  5. I don’t suppose I could get an invite to Pinterest? I put my email address in the name link above. It really intrigues me, and would be way better than taping crappy color copies from the internet to my wall.

  6. If you’d like an invite, no need to post your email. Just post a little “Me too!” and I’ll send one your way — apparently invites are limitless?

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