My Love Hate Relationship with Pinterest

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Most people know what Pinterest is.  I happened to get on the Pinterest ‘train’ and was an early adopter of this Social Media platform.  I’m a very visual person and love to look at beautiful pictures of homes, of nature, food, wine (who can leave out wine?), etc.


Here is why I love Pinterest!

I use it to create boards with my clients where we will both ‘pin’ ideas.  It’s a great way to quickly get a feel of the style and look my clients are going for. Whether it’s furniture ideas like this

Front entrance console table

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or helping to show a colour I have picked out:

Silver Satin

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There are so many great pictures that it can really help pin down a look, style and feel much quicker (sometimes) than putting it into words.


As much as I love Pinterest, I sometimes hate it.  Recently I had a client who really wanted a ‘fresh, beachy’ feel to her combined laundry room and bathroom.  The original colour I had picked out was Benjamin Moore:

Woodlawn Blue

It has a blue/green undertone which would work well off of their blue/gray family room.  The walls in the adjoining room are painted Sherwin WilliamsFleur de Sel (1)

so when my client saw a picture on Pinterest with Sherwin Williams:


she thought it would be a great colour to get the look and feel she was hoping for.  Guess what?  It was the exact opposite!  The SW Bubble was so bright and it looked horrible from the adjoining room.  We went back to square one and took out my colour boards and went through the entire process.

colour boardsGuess what colour we picked out?  Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue – my first choice.

So getting back to why I hate Pinterest:  while you may find a great image in Pinterest, it may not work in your home.  You have to take many factors into consideration and starting with your fixed surfaces is just the start.  You also have to look at how your home flows.  I’m so glad and thankful we had the SW Bubble repainted to Woodlawn Blue.  The look and feel is still beachy and I can’t wait to show you the final pictures (the entire project should be done in about a week).

Lessons Learned

Just because it looks great in one home does not mean it will look great in your home. It’s like a pair of jeans or pants.  What looks great on one person may look totally different on someone else!

does this make me look fat?

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  1. on 22.02.2015
    at 7:28 AM

    I agree with your points about Pinterest! I too love Woodlawn Blue – I painted my two sons’ rooms this colour about 15 years ago since I have always considered it the perfect medium soft blue that does not scream “baby blue.” I just painted my dining room ceiling this colour and I love it. It is a perfect ceiling colour if you are looking for a lovely dusky green-blue!

    • on 25.02.2015
      at 11:02 AM

      Thanks for the comments Jo! The more I see Woodlawn Blue the more I love it! ~Sheri

  2. on 23.02.2015
    at 10:55 PM

    These picture gives lovely imagination and also tempts to do the same for our office space.

  3. on 05.03.2015
    at 8:10 AM

    Love the elephant, and oh how right you are about colors. It’s also one reason why paint companies give you 5 or 7 colors on a single paint card, to help you find complimentary colors. Of course it can still take several attempts to get it right – 4 blues for our living room accent wall, but we finally settled on the color.

    • on 06.03.2015
      at 7:25 AM

      Sometimes the paint swatches that the paint companies give you can actually be more confusing. That’s why I use my 11 X 14 boards as they make such a difference! In addition, you also want to look at your fixed elements in a room to decifer what the undertone is. If you have a beige carpet (that has a pink beige undertone), a paint colour that has a pink beige undertone (some pink beige examples are: Benjamin Moore Natural Linen CC-90 or Benjamin Moore Muslin CC-110) will most likely work the best.

  4. on 18.01.2017
    at 2:19 AM

    I Totally agree in your point “Just because it looks great in one home does not mean it will look great in your home” recently i experienced the same issue spend 150$ on home improvement by looking my uncles new home design guess what its totally waste because the design does in looks great in my home 🙁

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • on 20.01.2017
      at 10:09 AM

      I’m sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you.

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