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Anytime I share inspiration images, I get a slew of questions about how to even FIND these kinds of beautiful imagery. I guess I’m still old school because I turn to Pinterest. But whenever I say that I usually hear a bunch about how Pinterest never shows anything cool for them. Well, we can’t have that. So today, I wanted to share just a few ways I use Pinterest around here because it is such a great way to find and images that resonate with you, that you’ll want to re-pin and reference later.
Let’s use my staircase design board as a reference. I started this board because (you guessed it), we are going to be making changes to the staircases in our NC house before we move in. A great place to start is to do a quick search like “staircase ideas,” and start your scroll.
If you find a pin you love, click on it (don’t forget to save) and scroll down. It will show you “more like this.” There will be some duds in the mix, but usually they have a very similar aesthetic. You can also add a note to a pin when you save it. This way, you can remember what you liked about it. Sometimes I save a photo just for the paint color, or the way the end table is styled.
Once you have a few ideas saved to a board, go to the board and click on “more ideas.” Pinterest is going to curate even more images that look similar to what you’re already loving and pinning to that board. Click the “+” over the images you love and they will add directly to your board.
Just by doing these things, you’re going to be training your main feed to show you things that fit within your preferred aesthetic. The more active you are on Pinterest, the more fine tuned your explore page will become towards your style. Save the images you love!
But Pinterest can do even MORE than save images. It does an incredible job at sourcing products you love, OR it will give some pretty good dupes (look-a-likes). Check this out–If you click on an image and hover over it, items in the photo will pop up. I’m going to click on table lamps and see what happens.
And Voila. Pinterest did all the heavy lifting and found some really comparable lamps to the one in our bedroom.
If you click on one, it will show you similar products.
You can also pin specific items and click “view similar products.”
This is one of our favorite ways to find dupes.
If you use Instagram like me, you can also pin images directly from Instagram by tapping the 3 dots, share to, and open the Pinterest app. Sometimes websites will have a pin it button where you can save images directly onto Pinterest. If they don’t, you can create your own pin by clicking “create pin” and dragging and dropping an image in, or click save from site and paste a URL in.
I hope this was helpful! We use Pinterest a lot for sourcing, but I also love curating images I’m finding inspiration in. I’m especially using it to loosely “virtually design” our NC home to tide me over until I can get my hands on it.
Is anybody else still using Pinterest these days?