Full of inspiring and motivational imagery, Pinterest is one of my favourite sites to browse. I find scrolling through the photos on there to be rather addictive.
Most of the images on Pinterest are of seriously stylish bedrooms and living rooms, luxurious bathrooms and impeccably maintained gardens. I love looking at these kinds of images. I find them to be a wonderful source of inspiration. They fill me with ideas for the way I would like our dream house to look, and they’ve inspired me to make many improvements to our current home and garden, like painting our brick wall white.
However, I find there is a danger that seeing all of these perfect images can lead us down the road of comparison. Whilst I try to see my Pinterest boards only as a source of inspiration, I think it’s very easy to compare them to the reality of my mismatched bedside tables and spare room carpet that’s seen better days. They can make me feel like I can’t be happy with my home the way it is. Not when everyone else’s homes are so #goals.
The trouble is, when you’re a blogger putting photos of your home onto the internet for the world to see, you can’t help but compare your photos to the ones others are uploading.
You can see the decor styles that are becoming really popular and feel like you need to incorporate them into your own home. You can see all of the current trends you apparently need to be following, and feel the pressure to create these trends in your own home.
For me, there’s a worry that people will see the photos of my home and think how un-Pinterest worthy they are.
I’ve sometimes looked at popular Pinterest images and wondered if I ought to decorate my home differently. Maybe I need to bring this trend in somehow and that colour seems to be very popular, so maybe I should use it in one of my rooms. I want people to say nice things about my home and follow me to see what progress we make over the coming months and years.
And that’s just what it is. Progress. I feel like there’s real pressure for me to get every room in my home looking like a Pinterest picture. To have everything perfectly matched and looking amazing.
The thing is, this house is our first home. We’ve tried to do most things ourselves and learn from our mistakes, ready for the next time we refurbish a house. When we first started this project, we didn’t really know what our tastes in interiors were. I previously thought I liked traditional decor and so that’s what I aimed for. Now I’ve come to realise that I prefer a more modern vibe.
Changing my mind about the type of decor I like has reaffirmed to me that I made the right decision to slowly buy new things for our home. Making do with older pieces and updating them, like we did with one of our storage units, rather than going out and buying everything brand new, has been such a good idea.
I would rather ensure that I know exactly how I want my home to look and then invest in really good quality pieces over time that I will be happy with for years to come, rather than rushing out to buy things and then regretting it later. This results in us not yet having one of those picture-perfect Pinterest homes where everything matches and looks amazing. And I’m perfectly okay with that. I remind myself regularly that I really ought to be okay with that.
I also remind myself that I need to decorate our home for the two of us, and for no-one else. Who cares what today’s trends are? The likelihood is that next year, they’ll be completely different anyway.
I really enjoy taking photos of our home and putting them onto my blog, explaining what progress we’ve made so far. I think many people will be in a similar situation to us of wanting to take their time with things. I want to create a look in our home that’s completely me and completely us as a couple. Not to mention that this isn’t our forever home, so why waste time trying to make it perfect and buying furniture to fit into particular spaces, when we hope to move anyway?
We’re all at different stages in our lives. We often get told not to compare our chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20, and it’s true. Your home should be exactly how you want it to be. Take your time and enjoy the journey and the process and remember that slowly moving forwards and investing wisely is always a good idea. I try to remind myself all the time.
Do you ever feel pressure from all the Pinterest worthy imagery out there? Or do you just use them as sources of inspiration? I’d love to know your thoughts.