Monday, March 4, 2013

guest post: select kitchen & bath

Today's post comes to you via Rob from Select Kitchen & Bath in Springfield. Select does fresh and modern work (see above!), and is worth investigating if you're even THINKING about a kitchen or bath reno. 

Rob and ICDC thought it would be useful for him to give a little tutorial on how Pinterest can help you narrow down exactly what style and colors you want in your next (or upgraded) kitchen or bath. Enjoy! xoxo, ICDC

5 Ways To Use Pinterest to Create the Perfect Kitchen

For years homeowners have filled 3-ring binders, accordion file boxes and scrapbooks full of
kitchen ideas collected from the pages of House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens and many other home design magazines. Kitchen designers – like Select Kitchen & Bath – would then be showered with the resulting mass of glossy photos – one that has the cornice she likes, a half-dozen unique backsplash ideas, a few faucets, layout ideas, a dozen cabinet colors and styles – and be expected to turn the patchwork quilt of ideas into the perfect kitchen for their client. Sometimes it worked; sometimes it didn’t.

Technology has come to the rescue – with Pinterest!

If you’re already using Pinterest, you know what a great tool it is for gathering and organizing
your ideas. You can setup individual ‘boards’ to collect images to. You can ‘Pin’ images from
anywhere on the web using the ‘Pin it’ browser tool. You can also ‘Repin’ images you find on
Pinterest itself.

No more ripping out magazine pages and filing them with hopes of remembering in the future
which part of the photo caught your attention. Collecting and sorting digital images on Pinterest
has taken the gathering of design ideas to the level of near perfection.

Here are 5 ways to use Pinterest to create the perfect kitchen:

1. Divide and Conquer
Organization is the key to making sense of the kitchen ideas you collect. If you
pin everything into one board called ‘kitchen ideas,’ you can easily end up with an
overwhelming collection of images that might actually confuse the process more than
help. A better approach is to create separate boards for each aspect of your kitchen.
You might consider these labels for your group of kitchen boards: countertops, sinks &
faucets, appliances, lighting, islands, layout, eating bars, cabinet doors & styles, cabinet
storage, pantries, hardware.

2. Search
Spend some time searching Pinterest for images that you like and repinning them to your
boards. Pay close attention when you repin to make sure each image gets pinned to the
appropriate board. If the image fits more than one category, simple! Just repin the image
from one to another. You might begin by simply searching ‘kitchen ideas’ and then
become more specific such as a search for kitchen sinks or cabinet lighting to gain ideas
for certain boards. Don’t forget to use the PinIt tool on your web browser for pinning
ideas you find outside of Pinterest too.

3. Follow
When you do find an idea you particularly like, you may want to look at the Pinterest
account it was originally pinned in for more ideas. If the image comes from a certain
kitchen designer or brand you like, you may want to ‘Follow’ their boards so that new
pins from their boards come into your Pinterest feed automatically.

4. Add Notes
As you are pinning and repinning to your different kitchen boards, don’t forget to
type in descriptions or short notes to remind yourself later what it was you liked about
this image. Was it the faucet or the sink? Was it the stain color or the style of the
cabinet doors? Having them sorted into different boards will help eliminate most of the
confusion, but a little description will define things even more.

5. Create a Master Board
Once you feel you are ready to talk to a kitchen designer about putting all these ideas
together and creating that perfect kitchen, it’s time to create a new board that will
capture only the best of all the images you collected. Go through each board and look
through the images. Repin your favorites from each individual board into your ‘Perfect
Kitchen’ board. Once you have that board filled with images from all your other boards,
you’re ready to make your appointment with your kitchen designer. Take your iPad or
laptop with you to provide the visuals from Pinterest as you discuss your ideas with the

Technology has made so many things easier in our lives. When it comes to collecting and sorting kitchen ideas, Pinterest is the kitchen designer’s dream come true.

-Rob, Select Kitchen & Bath

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1 comment:

  1. I love your kitchen pin boards! Thanks for the post.