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.
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.