Call me weird, but I just love planning room makeovers. It’s so fun to pick out and envision different paint colors, furniture, decorations, and accessories. I’ve always planned my rooms with an idea in my head of what I want the finished product to look like. But I’ve found actually sketching it out and putting it on paper or computer screen is a much better way to get a visual idea of how all of the different elements will work together beforehand. Plus, then you can tweak and make adjustments before beginning any work and spending any money or committing to anything.
One tool I like to use to plan room makeovers is Pinterest. If you’re unfamiliar with Pinterest, it’s basically a visual search engine and bookmarking tool filled with ideas for everything and anything. From DIY crafts and recipes to fashion and travel, you can really find almost anything you need on Pinterest. And that’s what makes it perfect for planning a room makeover.
You can create a board specifically dedicated to your makeover and pin things you want to include. Whether you’re gathering inspiration or you’re actually planning on buying or making something, it’s a great visual tool to let you see how all of the various pieces will fit together as a whole. Plus, sometimes it’s just fun to do a virtual room makeover even if you won’t be making changes any time soon! 😉
If you don’t have a Pinterest account, you’ll first need to sign up for one here. It’s completely free and takes just a minute or two to create an account. Then check out this quick guide to get started using Pinterest and begin planning your amazing room makeover!
How to Plan a Room Makeover Using Pinterest
- Create a board specifically dedicated to your room makeover on Pinterest. If you don’t want anyone to see your board, you can make it secret.
- Pin things to your board that you want to include in your room. Don’t just pin things that you think you might like, or your board will quickly fill up with things that aren’t relevant. Pin only things that you absolutely love and you really want to include in your new room. You don’t want to fill up this board with a lot of pins or it will get overwhelming when it comes time to actually do the makeover.
- Here are a few ideas for things to include on your Pinterest board for your room makeover:
- Paint colors
- Curtains/curtain fabric
- Wall decor
- Linens (pillows, blankets, throws, etc.)
- Decorations & accessories
- Remember to include every part of your room, even if you won’t be changing everything. For example, it might be helpful to pin a paint swatch of the wall color even if you won’t be repainting the walls so that you can see how the color goes with everything else.
- You can include your own photos by uploading them to Pinterest. So if there’s something a piece of furniture you already have but you can’t find a photo of it online, you can include your own picture to see how it’ll look with all of your other items on your Pinterest board.
- While it’s helpful to pin the exact product you’re looking for on your Pinterest board, you can pin inspiration that looks similar to what you want but you might not actually buy. You can always price shop and compare different products and stores later once you know the look you want.
- Make personal notes in the description section of the pin to keep track of how you’ll use the item, or what you might want to change about it.
- Think about how you and your family will use the room and what your needs are. When you’re doing a room makeover, you want to think of function and practicality, not just looks. Though you may love the look of a white sofa, it might not be exactly practical if you have kids or pets. At the end of the day, your space should work for you and your needs. So when planning a makeover, make sure you’re getting good use from the space you have.
- Follow people who inspire you and regularly pin things that match your tastes and style. This is a great way to discover new items and to find inspiration for your own room makeover. You can follow me if you’re looking for budget friendly DIY home decor ideas!
For example, we have a love seat taking up a good amount of space in our tiny living room, but we never use it. About 90% of the time it’s just covered in laundry or random stuff we have lying around. So why do we even have a love seat taking up so much space in our living room?
In small rooms, it’s important to make as much of your furniture and larger items as versatile and “double duty” as possible. So in addition to getting rid of the love seat, we might trade our coffee table in for a storage ottoman. That way not only can we store stuff inside it, but it can be used as a place to set drinks and double as extra seating when we have guests.
Creating a board on Pinterest for your room makeover is a great way to see all of your ideas come together. It gives you a great visual idea of how everything will look once it’s all together in one spot and allows you to tweak things beforehand if they don’t look exactly how you had envisioned.
If you’re planning your own room makeover, I’d love to hear about it in the comments! If you enjoyed this post, you’ll love my newsletter full of weekly craft, DIY, and home project tips and tutorials! Be sure to sign up below!
Hahaha! Celeste your love seat is the equivalent of all the chairs that I have in the bedrooms. They are filled up high with clothes that have been tossed there. Of course, they serve a purpose, just not what they were meant to. Using Pinterest to plan a room makeover is a great idea. I also do that when I am planning a room and get loads of ideas, in one place. Oh, how did we ever survive B.P. (before Pinterest).
LOL Mary, B.P. Love it! I really have no clue how we survived before Pinterest! It has definitely helped spur along the DIY revolution, which of course I have no problem with! Glad to hear I’m not the only one with furniture that has become nothing more than a place to drop off laundry, haha.
Great ideas! I have a sewing room that is way too full and messy at the moment. As I’m not very good at throwing things away, re-organizing is needed badly. I don’t want to use too much money for it but some great ideas don’t certainly cost that much and I know Pinterest is full of those. Now I’m just wondering that as I’m quite active pinner it has never occurred to me to look for room make-overs. So thank you for this post!
So glad you found this helpful, Elina! Pinterest is the perfect place to plan a craft room makeover! There are so many fun ideas there, and you can definitely organize your craft supplies without spending a ton of money!
Great post! I have used Pinterest to plan room redos before too!
Thanks, Tania! Pinterest is a great place to plan those room makeovers ahead of time!
Celeste, you’re right Pinterest is a great way to plan a room. I took a peak at your living room board; it looks great! I’m excited for you to be able to decorate how you want!! I hope you post about your living room; I would love to see how you put it all together.
Thanks so much, Keri! I will definitely be writing a post about it when it’s all finished! Of course the rate we’re going, that might be awhile, lol.
Thanks for sharing over at the DIY Crush Craft Party. Such a great way to use Pinterest! We’ve added this to our Pinterest board. Don’t forget to stop by next Thursday to add your tutorials to our next DIY Crush Craft Party!
Thanks so much, Domenica! I always enjoy checking out the links at Crush Craft!
I love planning rooms too! I could do this all day long. Thank you 🙂
Thanks, Kati! I could spend days planning room makeovers! It’s so easy to get sucked in, haha!
Great posts! I use Pinterest for every project that I’m working on especially room makeovers!
Thanks, Linda! Your room makeovers always turn out so lovely!
Hi Celeste, Another great post! Clever to use Pinterest in this way! Well done! Blessings, Janet
Thanks so much, Janet!
Pinterest has been my GO TO SITE for DIYs, makeovers and anything that I need ideas.
Me too, Camille! It has so many fun uses!
I too use pinterest. LOVE IT. I have a kitchen makeover board and am now finally going to implement my ideas this July. I am so excited since my kitchen dates back to the 80’s . It really needs to be modernized lol. It took a long time to visiualize what I wanted cause I was pinning everything I liked. Your idea of just sticking to what you really love and not pinning everything is a good idea. Thanks I will be using this method for the next room makeover.
Kim, so glad to hear you’ll be able to put this to good use for your room makeover! Sounds like it will be quite the project, but the end result will definitely be worth it! Good luck!