No need to sit around waiting for your copy of Architectural Digest to arrive. Instant gratification awaits online for those looking for design ideas to fit every taste, every budget. Two of the most popular websites for architectural inspiration are Pinterest and Houzz.
Pinterest is a general interest cyber bulletin board – where people can "pin" or post photos they find on the web that they like. Pinterest boards are divided up into categories, and you decide what categories you want on your board. Your pins are posted to the main pinterest site where others can "like", "repin" or even comment on your pin. If people share your interest, they may start following your pins. And you can follow theirs.
The site launched in March 2010…and has grown exponentially since then. In February, 2013, Reuters and ComScore stated that Pinterest had 48.7 million users! Looking for new ideas for designing or decorating your dream home? Pinterest is a great place to start. Once you register on the site, type in "Architecture" in the search box. Page after page after page of beautiful photos from across the country and around the world appear. Interested only in sunrooms? Or country kitchens? On Pinterest, you can be as specific as you like.
Many photos are linked to the web pages they are found on. So you can often get detailed information on what you’re looking at. It’s fun. It’s easy. And, it’s very addictive!
Unlike Pinterest, which covers almost any possible topic, Houzz is the leading online platform for home remodeling and design. With over 1 million photos uploaded by remodeling and design professionals, it is the largest residential design database in the world. Houzz is a great place to find inspiration and information.
Just as you pin photos you like to your Pinterest boards, you can save images you find on Houzz to your online ideabook. You can be very specific with what you are searching for. We typed in "concrete countertops" and were taken to a page with many beautiful full color photos of kitchens with concrete countertops. By simply clicking on the "Add to ideabook" box in the photo, you can save it to "Your Houzz" ideaboards.
The homepage for Houzz highlights items such as "Home Design", "Edible Gardens", "Product Picks", "Houzz Tours", "Accessories", "Before and Afters" and more. You can download the Houzz apps for your mobile devices as well as viewing it on your laptop.
At the Omnia Group Architects, we encourage our clients to share their design dreams and desires with us. Using Pinterest, Houzz and other online resources, that process becomes easier and more fun.