Wednesday, February 15, 2012

How to use Pinterest to define your style

I sure do like 'Ben and the Pinterest Team.' Does anyone else feel special when Ben leaves you a message in your inbox?

I've noticed that Pinterest has become my go-to when I need to turn off my brain. It used to be TV, but now I'd much rather spend my time perusing pins. I even told my family I was ready to get rid of cable but they didn't share my enthusiasm!

It's obvious that Pinterest is handy for many reasons, but have you ever looked at it as a defining tool? If someone were to ask you to define your style, could you easily answer?

Here are a few pointers to give you a little insight.

  • First, start pinning without intention. I know, I have to organize your boards. That aside, allow yourself to pin anything that makes you think, "I really like that!
  • Next, find that trusty little 'Pins' button that drops down when you click on your name in the upper righthand corner of the page. This will take you to a page that shows all your pins.

  •  Now it's time to dissect. Scroll through your pictures and see if you can find common threads.

Possible questions to keep in mind may include: 

  • What colors draw me in? If you look close you'll probably notice 2 or 3 colors that run throughout.

  • Is there an accessory that your pins have in common? My pins typically have really great chandeliers/lighting, although the chandelier isn't typically what prompted me to pin it in the first place.

What are the patterns? Over and over again, I see symmetry in my pins and definitely tons of geometric patterns.

Another pattern throughout my pins are natural elements like wood, stone and plants:

So how do you apply this knowledge and define your style?
After you've studied your boards you should be feeling a little more secure in your tastes/preferences. Next time you're shopping, keep these elements in mind when making selections. You've paid close attention to your color choices so stay in that family when picking paint colors. If it's something you're naturally drawn to, then you're sure to love it on a wall. Repeat your patterns. I began to love my decor once I purchased geometric fabric and created our diamond wall!

Overall, surround yourself with what you love. Pin what you love, then bring it on home!

All images provided via my Pinterest boards. Start following along!

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Justine {Stop Me if You've Heard This One} said...

I think this is exactly how Pinterest SHOULD be used! Whenever I want to makeover a room, I always log on first to a) get ideas and b) see how other people have incorporated certain colors or patterns or accessories I'm thinking of using. It definitely helps me organize my thoughts. Thanks for sharing!

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

I love that you did this post! Pinterest has helped me define and refine my personal style. It's a virtual mood board- and I love that! :)



pam {simple details} said...

It is very telling, isn't it!
Any tips on what I should do with all of my old magazine pages I've ripped out?!! :)

Michelle said...

It is a novel idea to go back and look at what we have pinned, isn't it ;)

Such a great post! I really need to go back through and look at all of it!

New follower!

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

What great insight into helping us to figure out our style. This is a great way to accomplish that. Pinterest is so popular and so much fun.

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