Colours of Pinterest

18.02.2015
Business, Social Media, Uncategorized
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cement green and pink pinterest

I remember reading a post by Holly at Decor8 some time ago about how her Pinterest pins always seem to be naturally themed in colour as she goes. Recently I’ve been spending more time pinning as part of my 2015 goal to improve my social media skills. So I’m now doing it daily, sometimes a couple of times in the day. Well, lets just say that I finally got the Pinterest bug and I feel that I can truly capture my aesthetic.

Just the other day, I took a look at the succession of my pins and sure enough, it’s just like Holly said. As the pins continue, you see shades that have been followed. Suddenly a bright outfit worn by Sienna Miller and then it’s highlighted by a floral arrangement, some ceramics and slowly eases off and is closed by some jam donuts with similar, yet subtler colours. None of this was intentional and I find it quite fascinating.

rich dark pinterest

I wonder how this happens? Is it this subconscious? Do you find that? You need to go into all of your pins, not your boards to get the true effect.

Are you a little addicted too? I’d love to know how much time you spend pinning each day or week? Do you have a routine happening, like every day at 9am and 3pm for instance? Make sure you share your Pinterest link in the comments.

Mel xx

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Green brown and pinks pinterest

All images via my Pinterest Boards

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  1. Genie

    I find Pinterest therapeutic and satisfying. I guess it’s like window shopping.

    If I’m looking at interiors boards, they definitely go through a colour phase that travels through fashion boards too.

    The other day, I saw someone I follow pin something that looked too familiar. It was a drawing I had down about 10 years ago…long before Pinterest was around. It felt quite strange, I had forgotten about the image, though I must have posted it online somewhere, where it got picked up by various Tumblr users.

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    mel replied:

    Oh that would be weird! I’d love to see it, do you have the link?

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  2. Mary

    I love Pinterest and pin most days. It helps focus my visual language for work by allowing me to explore good and bad images – the what works and what doesn’t. I mostly pin in the morning when I’m most receptive to being delighted :)

    You can see my pins here http://www.pinterest.com/MiddletonDesign/

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    mel replied:

    Lovely to have you here Mary. I like your idea of using to explore the good and the bad… You’ve gone super well with Pinterest. Do you find that consistency is the key?

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    Mary replied:

    I think that some of the most successful pinners out “there” have a consistent visual identity to the images the choose and pin. You’ve probab seen it from Northern European pinners – how I love the sparse, pale interiors with an interesting print or chair. I hope I have a slightly wider horizon but I have noted that there are types of images I am drawn to naturally so they reappear in my feed regularly. For example I love an interior view from a doorway into a room and pared back dark rooms with great lighting. But equally I love rich high intensity colour.

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    mel replied:

    Very true! And you know the ones to go to if you’re after a particular shot…I have such an eclectic taste in interiors (must be the Gemini in me!) that the consistent visual identity wouldn’t be so obvious but I guess that could be my identity? As for setting a time limit, I found that I had to do that because the “time element” was one of the reasons I haven’t been consistent in the past – I always ended up in wonderland and got nothing else down. x

  3. Amy

    I’d love to say there is a stylish colour theme through my pins, but on reflection I am clearly obsessed with food!! Ha! A revelation. ; D x

    I’m also interested in the psychology of Pinterest, after working in the magazine industry for years I really think this might be taking over from conventional publishing. When I [try to] explain Pinterest to friends I say it’s a little like having a magazine edited just for you – your own interests, aesthetic and tastes on a never ending page. Fascinating.

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    mel replied:

    That is such a perfect analogy Amy! Your very own magazine edited just for you. And it’s exactly that! xx

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    Cyndi replied:

    Amy, I so agree. And it’s so accessible. When someone asks me about an idea, color or design all I have to say is, “Go to my Pinterest Board.” It’s so easy.

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  4. Lena

    I’ve noticed the same effect, and I like to look back at my stream of pins and do some “pin reading”. It often also reflects a certain feeling or craving I have. I’ve been quite addicted to pinterest a while ago, less lately. Sometimes I’m bored by the same images and styles again and again but I still find it a great treasure box for illustrations and graphic design inspiration.

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    mel replied:

    Hi Lena! It’s true. Sometimes you see a round of images come back again which is boring. I think the key is to keep following new pinners and especially some that might not be so huge but with great taste. Like that, you get the not so out there images. x

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  5. anastasia

    Oh i love Pinterest – I try to pin a little everyday but its not always possible, but agree with the others Its a perfect way to relax and get visual inspiration!
    I agree about finding your ‘style’ on Pinterest. Im currently enjoying my ‘future home’ pins https://www.pinterest.com/percivalroad/future-home/
    we hope to build this year (fingers crossed) so Im gathering images of what interior style I like!

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    mel replied:

    Oh that’s so exciting – your own build! Well I’d love to pick your brain about your Pinterest success. You must be doing something very well!

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    anastasia replied:

    Oh i dont think I do anything *special* on pinterest – Im still just pinning what I like to see or what inspires me.
    my account got chosen so i was lucky to get so many new followers but thats slowed down now…I think they have changed the way Pinterest works in showing you what they think you might like to see based on your repins …Blog clarity has some great Pinterset posts http://www.blogclarity.com/?s=pinterest
    Hugs
    AC

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    mel replied:

    Oh cool thanks for that link. I still think you’re doing the right thing to be chosen though – I don’t think it’s all luck my dear xx

  6. Libby

    These are very interesting comments! Hmmm. Well, no, I do not find that I have a “style” on Pinterest! My boards cover so many different topics and subjects, that it would be impossible, I think. I mean, garden gates is just necessarily going to have a different aesthetic than say, mason jars. Does that make sense? I do pin every day, at least once a day. I let it all go for several months last summer and fall, and then went back at it with a vengeance! And what a difference. It really does drive traffic to the blog!

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    Libby replied:

    Forgot my link: https://www.pinterest.com/libbywilkie/

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    mel replied:

    It does make sense but it’s not really a theme, if you look at all of your pins, there’s the entwining colours and overall mood. Mel x

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  7. Mel McKenzie

    Interesting! Have never looked at my pins as an entity before – can see what you mean. Although I feel like a bit of a chameleon when it comes to style… or maybe not so much changeable as eclectic: I like a little bit of everything! I tend to pin in binges and use for personal inspiration: my boards need a tidy up ;)
    http://www.pinterest.com/mella/

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    mel replied:

    I’m so with you on eclectic Mel! I appreciate so many different styles and I take a bit of everything to make it my own in the end. xx

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  8. Corinne - Emerald Green Interiors

    Hi Mel,

    Just read your first newsletter (yeaahhhh!!!!) which brought me over here. Sure enough I have noticed the same thing. Sometimes after looking at my pins I realize that the last ones could be turned straight ahead into a moodboard. Maybe I should do just that and share them on the blog. :)

    Have a great weekend.

    Corinne

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    Corinne - Emerald Green Interiors replied:

    Oh And I do pin almost every day and you can find me here: https://www.pinterest.com/corinnekowal/

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    mel replied:

    It’s crazy isn’t it? You should, moodboard inspirations usually go really well and it’s so nice to see personality and style shine through. Mel x

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  9. gudy herder

    I have often a similar color scheme but I am trying to get away from the ‘always same style’ pins and looking for different aesthetics from time to time.
    I am an irregular pinner because I know it can get addictive and I am not sure if I want to spend too much time on Pinterest :-) But the more you pin, the more followers you get, that’s one of the secrets here! Sending a hug, Mel!

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    mel replied:

    Same, my tastes are way too eclectic to stick with one look. I do however find that the colour schemes entwine and visually work… It is rather addictive once you start properly. That’s definitely the secret. I’ve seen a big increase since I pin daily…

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  10. tina @ Colourliving

    The Pinterest debate seems to be everywhere at the moment.

    Funnily enough I went to listen to a talk last night with the co-founder of Pinterest. I was interested who is behind this platform and why they launched it.
    I couldn’t have been more inspired by Evan Sharp, the man, who shared lots of personal facts and his secret vision for Pinterest,

    I am not the greatest fan of all this visual porn, perfect styling and samey samey and listening to him made me see it all different.
    Aiming to pin regularly now x

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    mel replied:

    Did you take notes? That would make a GREAT blogpost, a bit of a recap. I’d love to know what his secret vision is:) That would be super interesting. Mel x

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  11. Grace luk

    Hi there, I m moving to auckland and will buy an apartment. wondering if u could share some gd renovation companies.

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    mel replied:

    Hi Grace, lovely to hear from you! So are you planning on completely re-doing the apartment with kitchens, bathroom, floor etc? Or is it more the decorating/furnishings you’re after?

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    Grace luk replied:

    Yes, completely redoing kitchen, bathroom, floor and also do decorating and furnishing after that

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    mel replied:

    Have a look through my shop tours under ‘other categories” for some of my favourite shops here (note that in the next week or two I’m rebranding with a new look and name – same content). I haven’t renovated in Auckland, only in Sydney so can’t help you there but I suggest: Tina from http://www.roomie.co.nz/design-days/ offers interior day tours of the furniture, homeware, vintage and outlet stores. She can taylor it to what you want also. Michelle from The Design Chaser built her home and covers a lot of reno things in her home build series http://www.thedesignchaser.com/search/label/Home%20Build

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