There’s a new social networking site that seems to have just exploded onto the scene, and us lot in the Roman at Home team have a confession to make…we’re addicted! It’s called Pinterest. Whether you’ve heard of it or not, we think it’s a trend that is here to stay!
What is Pinterest?
The best way to describe Pinterest is that it’s a kind of online moodboard of things you like. This can be anything from: products for the home, to animals, to recipes, to colours, to fabric, to books. You have different boards, which you can theme and then ‘pin’ things to as you browse the internet. Here’s Roman at Home’s Spring Interiors and Ideas board so you can see the sorts of things we like and that we’ve been ‘pinning’.
It’s really easy to ‘pin’ things you like once you’re signed up to Pinterest – you simply add a ‘Pin It’ button to your toolbar that you click on each time you see something you like the look of. However, at Roman at Home we like to make these things even easier, so we’ve added our own ‘Pin It’ button to all of our products (similar to the existing ‘Like It’ and ‘Tweet’ buttons you are probably now familiar with), so if you see something you like on Roman at Home, you can ‘Pin It’ straight away.
How Pinterest is Super Useful
Pinterest is ideal if you’re planning a home or room make-over, as you can group together all the products you like together and see if they go. Our Marketing Manager has been decorating her very first home (as you may recall from her on-going Decorating Diaries and she has been using Pinterest to help her find colours that match her scheme. Here’s her board for the Living Room where she has pinned a variety of different items together. From here she can easily choose which ones will work, and which ones are a definite no-no.
Similarly, if you’re planning a wedding, it’s a great way of pulling ideas together. You can use it to see what colour schemes go, what centre-pieces would look best on your table and what flowers will work. One of Roman at Home’s friends has been doing just that with this fab blue inspired wedding board. However, it’s worth noting that anybody can see your board, so if you want to keep your ideas top secret then pinning may not be right for you.
It’s also a useful bookmarking tool. So as you come across a new dress you want, or a recipe you’d like to try, you can ‘pin it’ and it will act as a reminder so when payday comes around, you can buy the dress, or when a dinner party is organised and you can pull the perfect recipe out of the bag!
Another great use for Pinterest is it can be used as a kind of gift list. So if you have a birthday coming up, are having a baby shower or are planning on getting married, you can set up a pinboard of things you’d like. You can then share it with your friends so they can buy you something that you really want.
As well as ‘pinning’ things yourself, you can browse other users’ board and get inspired that way. You can browse by specific category, so if you are looking for something specific you can enter it in the search bar at the top of the page. If you see something you like on somebody else’s board, you can ‘like it’ ‘re-pin it’ or leave a comment. Pinterest allows you to click through to the source as well, so you can then see where the product is available and purchase it if you wish. The only downside to this is there are users all over the World pinning things, so items may not always be available in the UK. It’s still a great way to get inspired though, even if you can’t purchase the specific product.
The more you use it, the more ‘pinning’ things as you browse the internet, becomes second nature. The possibilities are endless with Pinterest and if you’re not on there already, I bet you soon will be…and you’ll be just as addicted as us in the Roman at Home team!
Happy Pinning and don’t forget to follow us Roman at Home’s Pinterest!