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With the growing popularity of Pinterest, it's easier than ever to collect and save ideas when decorating your home. The social media website provides an online bulletin board for all your home improvement ideas, including decorating, remodeling, and gardening.

Pinterest for Home Decor

Organize your pin boards

Before you even think about typing in that search bar, organize your pin boards first. It will make a world of difference when you're trying to find something later.

You can be incredibly specific when organizing your pin boards. For example; if you're working on a bathroom remodel, create different boards for wall colors, bath linens, bath fixtures and bath accessories.

If you don't care to dial down your pin boards that narrowly, organizing them by room can be just as helpful: Living Room, Bedroom, Dining Room, Kitchen, etc.

Searching and pinning

Once you've organized your pin boards to your liking, you can begin searching! Pinterest already has categories that are available to all users for browsing and following, so it may be easy to take a gander through those first.

However, if you're looking for something specific, say "bedroom headboards," "children's playrooms," or "dining room tables," you can easily type any combination of words or phrases and proceed to wander down a seemingly endless supply of photos for inspiration.

When you've found an idea that you like, you can begin pinning them to your own organized pin boards and create your own design plans.

What to search for

It used to be that if you were looking for design inspiration, you would buy your favorite home and garden magazines or borrow interior design books from the library. Now, Pinterest connects designers to homeowners for free, allowing them to gather all the inspiration they need without subscription fees or dues.

If you have a favorite designer you've watched on TV for years, you can search for them on Pinterest and follow their boards for inspiration. You can also follow many of your favorite TV shows and even home improvement stores.

Many of the home improvement stores that use Pinterest showcase entire projects on their profiles and link to the exact items needed for that particular project or design plan, so you can order them online or print out the list to take with you to your local store.

TIP: Try searching for your favorite brands on Pinterest; many times they have their own profile page that you can follow for inspiration.

Making it a reality

Once you've found all the inspiration for your next decorating project, what do you do next?

While many of the photos and links on Pinterest are dreamy and seemingly unrealistic, many of them are easy enough to replicate. While you may be unable to recreate any ideas exactly, you can modify and adapt them to suit your style and needs.

If you've narrowed your focus and decided on a big remodel or overhaul of your living room, decide which pieces you'll want to work on first. Sometimes only changing one or two aspects in a room can be all you need to achieve the look you want. For example, if you've had your heart set on a beachy, coastal-inspired living room, use a color palette you found on Pinterest to easily transform the room in just a weekend's time.

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The digital cork board service, also known as Pinterest, is more than just a limitless collection of photos. When used appropriately, the site can help you with organizing your home, planning your meals for the week, or bring your home decorating visions to fruition.

So, how do you use it?

Sign up

Pinterest is free like most social media networks, and it's easy to make an account. (The hard part is not getting lost for days in the endless void of images.) Once you fill out a profile, Pinterest begins to show you what they think you'll be interested in. The more you "pin" to a board, the more personalized this content will become.

Divide and conquer

Time for the fun! Now that you established a profile, create and organize your boards. In digital terms, save graphics and their corresponding links to a variety of folders. If you prefer to think of Pinterest in physical terms, tack ideas to different bulletin boards. Either way, you'll categorize the photos and save them for later.

Search anywhere

Find what you are looking for through the search bar, or download the Pinterest button to your browser and save links from the web. Be as vague (living room decor) or specific (French bathroom art) as you want. As you discover ideas you like, "pin" them to boards you created. Unlike a regular scrapbook, Pinterest never runs out of storage!

Do-it-yourself

Once you successfully collect ideas, make them a reality. A lot of photos link to a DIY tutorial or video you can follow. Otherwise, use the image as inspiration for your own project or alter it to fulfill your own needs. DIY projects are great for the budget-conscious homeowner but also speaks to the inner artist in all of us. Remember that a little bit goes a long way.

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Kelly Martini  Posted by Kelly Martini on June 4, 2014

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