Most of us, when confronted about a delicious recipe we found on Pinterest, would admit to where we found it, likely proud of the luck that brought us to it and our home-making resourcefulness; but is it the same with designs? Our space designs are, of course, much more personal, especially when it comes to the design of our homes. Will the amateur, or even experienced decorator, own up to the fact that their beautiful living room design is modeled from a pin they saved down to the colors of the lamp shades and the precise area of the rug? Are these designs meant to be replicated, or rather are they meant to be admired as their own individual pieces of art?
I came across this concern while gathering inspiration for my Desk Design Project. I began to notice a pattern:
Find a room design I enjoyed
Save Pin and open in new tab
Start googling descriptions of what I saw in the Pin in an effort to recreate each “look”
I’m sure this is how many of us decorate, and I want to be careful so as not to offend—There isn’t anything wrong with this approach. Hell, I do it all the time. However, if you’re someone who really values creativity, and looks at the design of your space as a form of self-expression, is Pinterest clouding your originality?
I think it most certainly is.
So how can you maintain your design originality?
Definitely avoid my process which I outlined above. Use Pinterest as a source of inspiration, sure, but take care to only take pieces or general anesthetics from your Pins, and from that you can create your own design. Think of it as paraphrasing, or maybe including a quotation (that fuzzy pillow you WILL build the whole space around). It’s a great resource, but I would argue that you would feel much more fulfilled by a space that is not built on imitation, but by your own imagination. Now I just have to take my own advice–easier said then done, Pinterest designs are #goals.
And for God’s sake, if you do model a room based off of one specific pin, own up to it. Don’t commit Pinterest plagiarism, send us the pin, and give us a follow while you’re at it.