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How to Use Pinterest in Researching Your Next Remodeling Project

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Today’s consumers use the vast information available on the Internet to browse and research every sort of product or project imaginable. When it comes to redesigning the home, one place that homeowners can go to research and gather ideas is Pinterest. This unique photo sharing social network allows you to easily organize a wide variety of design elements. You can sort the pictures of elements you are drawn to, that make you happy, or comfortable, or energized. Whatever goal you have for your home improvement project, Pinterest is a great place to start.

Kitchen Views has been on Pinterest for quite some time. Not only do we share some of our own designers’ projects, but also those from some of our favorite cabinetry and countertop manufacturers. We also share interesting design ideas as we find them.  Our Pinterest boards are broken down into bathrooms, kitchens, and general home design.

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With Pinterest, you can also browse complementary elements such as appliances, backsplashes, flooring, lighting and more. By having separate boards for these you can easily organize ideas and products that you like. Also, Pinterest is very good at suggesting pins relevant to your interests. It also bases suggestions on what you’ve already searched, favorited, and pinned.

As a research tool, Pinterest can be invaluable as both a discovery and organization tool. It even allows you to upload your own pictures to share. You can use it to complement hardcopy idea books, or you can use it exclusively. Many in the design business use it already and will be happy to see what you have to start from when it comes to your ideas. As a visual aid, nothing really beats Pinterest.

It’s free to sign up and easy to use on both the computer and mobile devices. Be sure to follow Kitchen Views on Pinterest here: https://www.pinterest.com/kitchenviews/

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How to Design a Kitchen: Gathering Ideas

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The most important part of any home design project is in the planning stage. While it is next to impossible to foresee every nuance or challenge that may arise in designing in a kitchen, it is possible to be well-prepared. You should have a solid plan in place with which to arm yourself when the multitude of options begin to overwhelm you.

There are so many places to look now for kitchen design inspiration. There are always the traditional avenues like design magazines that you can pick up at a newsstand or at a local design showroom. Oftentimes, the best inspiration doesn’t even come from actual kitchens, but from seemingly disparate things like pieces of antique furniture or from the surrounding geography.

It has been suggested many times that it’s best to keep a sort of “idea book” whether it’s in a folder on your computer or in a physical notebook. If you’re more of the web savvy type, many design idea websites actually let you save pictures that interest you to a sort of online idea book. Two great places we recommend for inspiration are Houzz (a favorite of our designers) or the ever-growing Pinterest. Those two sites in particular make it particularly easy to categorize and segment a sort of idea scrapbook that you can peruse whenever you like, especially Pinterest which allows you to get ideas for just about anything at all.

What is even more important than the inspiration for the overall design, however, is understanding how your kitchen will be used every day by everyone. It’s important to consider universal design elements that work for anyone, while also leaving enough room for unique touches that give the space personality. Also, considerations must be made for the workflow of individuals using the space, as well as having the proper storage space to make sure that everything you may need will be easily available. This planning will keep future clutter to a minimum, if not completely non-existent.

The next step is to look at “before” and “after” photos of various kitchens and see what sort of improvements other people have made. This will provide ideas that you may be able to incorporate into your own design. You can also look at online sources for kitchens that you like, while taking into consideration the many styles, materials, colors, features, and specialty storage options available on the market today. After gathering all of these ideas, it is then that you can go to a kitchen design professional to lay out just what will work for not only for you and your budget, but your home for years to come.

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