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  • George Rilkovski

How to recreate your favourite Pinterest looks

Everyone from small retail businesses to major websites use Pinterest to promote content or an idea. The intention is to get products in front of new eyes and increase exposure. The more popular a post, the more attention it receives - but what happens when you're done pinning? What do you do when you're ready to start making your vision real?

If you're a master pinner , you probably know what designs you love and have alphabetised your folders to capture a truly unique vision for your forever home. So what comes next? How do you replicate that kitchen idea and more importantly - is it the right idea for your space? How much will it cost and what are the steps you should take to redesign your bathroom, living space, or laundry? Here are 3 simple tips that we follow, to help you recreate your favourite Pinterest kitchen looks.

1. Identify a common theme:

Making decisions can be daunting. Choosing what style of kitchen will work best for you can sometimes lead to paralysis of analysis. We tend to group and categorise looks, which may be visually similar but technically different in their style. Tip number one suggests that we should look for similarities between schemes, rather than the collective style. For example, do you find yourself re-pinning modern grip-less cabinetry, or patterned shaker-style doors with knobs? Do you prefer materials that are textured and rustic, or subtle and understated? Do you find yourself constantly returning to that Calacutta Marble island top with waterfall ends? Try to understand and identify the common elements you prefer, irrespective of the style. The probability of creating a unique space that defines you is more likely to occur, if you can harmoniously combine the different elements that appeal to you.

2. Know your space:

Getting to know your current space is vital when piecing together the vision for your future home. Whether you have recently purchased, or lived in it for years, we suggest that you get to know your space and understand its parts. Some of the often forgotten about and unseen elements you should pay attention to include - natural light, flooring, ceilings and the scale of your space.

i) Natural light:

Consider how much natural light currently fills your space. For example, what effect do current levels have on your existing layout? Is there currently enough natural light to allow you to work even when the lights are not switched on? How will the amount of natural light affect the materials you want to use in future? Will your proposed materials be enhanced, or should you select a lighter and brighter palette to compensate for the lack of natural lighting throughout? Whilst it cannot be touched, understanding your current and future lighting levels will allow you to better shape your new kitchen space. Natural light has an ability to make a space feel inviting by defining the forms and materials within it.

ii) Flooring:

You walk all over it, but is it working for you? Deciding whether to keep or replace your flooring is an important aesthetic and financial consideration. If you decide to keep your existing floor, will it work with your new design? Unless you have a clever design, renovating and reshaping your kitchen, bathroom or living space may require you to patch or replace some of your existing floor. However, choosing to keep your existing floor may limit what materials you can use when forming a balanced scheme, regardless of its style. For example, darker flooring generally calls for lighter cabinetry, whilst a lighter floor opens the possibility to a darker palette (when lighting and scale are also considered). Choosing to keep or change your current floor finish will affect your budget and influence whether or not you can pull off your chosen Pinterest look.

iii) Ceilings:

How your ceilings affect your proposed design is a subtle but important consideration when planning your renovation. It follows that ornate or period ceilings demand attention, to how the top of your kitchen cabinetry meets the ceiling plane. When replicating a modern streamlined kitchen look in a period home, stopping the cabinetry short of its maximum height is key. Doing so establishes a kind of subtle respect between old and new, the proportion of space left between, carefully proportioned to enable them to start an architectural discourse.

iv) Scale:

Consider the scale and proportion of your current space when considering whether your chosen Pinterest look will work for you. The most amazing Pinterest schemes tend to showcase the better angles of any design. In so doing, consider whether the beautiful long island bench top you have always dreamed about will work in the narrow confines of your apartment. Your aim is not to copy, but rather draw inspiration from a popular look and make it your own.

3. Test your ideas:

Tip number 3 asks that you test your vision and ensure that it generally works before you start your renovation. This may simply involve marking out your floor plan with tape, or engaging a 3D interior specialist to help you visualise your idea. Over the years I have found it invaluable to set out designs in actual space together with the client. In doing so, you are forced to consider the relevance of every inch, ensuring practicality doesn't go out the window when creating a beautiful look.

Recreating your favourite Pinterest look starts with a passion for curating online images created by others. Ultimately, you will become drawn to certain styles more than others and sometimes it is important to take a step back to understand the similarity between the elements of the styles themselves. In addition, be sure to explore your own space and try to understand how natural light and your architectural space will embrace your new idea. Remember that the key is to create, not replicate. Using similar elements and making them uniquely part of your own space is the intention when recreating your favourite Pinterest looks.

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