I must have spent hours today perusing home improvement ideas on Pinterest. After five years of living in our house I’m finally determined to make the updates I said I would when we bought it. So naturally, Pinterest seemed like the place to start for ideas and inspiration, and as expected, it delivered. There were countless beautiful examples of light and airy living rooms to please my optic nerves, and out of all of these maybe one percent were potentially viable.
Amongst the massive custom spaces that are always impressive, is buried the occasional “realistic” gem. A space that you might actually encounter at your friend’s housewarming party. And to get your space to look like that all you need is to knock down a few walls, bump up your ceiling by five feet and add floor to ceiling windows. Simple right?
On top of that are the DIY suggestions, all of which seem to require a power saw and pallets (surely the world must be experiencing a pallet shortage by now). As a current urbanite, I can assure you that I do not own woodworking tools nor have a space where I could operate them. If I had space, I wouldn’t be attempting to build a DIY storage solution.
At this point, I’m beginning to accept that our little starter home is never going to be Pinterest worthy. We have two tiny windows in our living room that barely cast enough light throughout the room to read a book. We have three adorable, but destructive cats that will maim any furniture that may be of value. I have a husband with his own opinions on artwork (most of his preferences are video game themed). So does all of this time we spend on Pinterest end up helping us or just making us long for unattainable ideals that we may never be able to achieve? Are we better off having inspiration available at all times or are these impressive but impossible pins creating unhealthy feelings of envy and inadequacy?
I suppose it could be a little bit of both. Though the majority of pins are unattainable, they can still inspire and at the very least are pretty to look at. Maybe they inspire us to work harder so we can one day afford the mega-mansion of our Pinterest dreams. Maybe we just find simple inspiration in a paint color suggestion. Either way I would argue it’s better to have inspiration than to feel completely uninspired. Alternatively, there are times where I have to close my laptop and walk away from Pinterest in order to come back to the reality of what is possible and reasonable. Ultimately I think Pinterest, and all social media outlets for that matter, are best taken with a dose of skepticism, but can be helpful and inspiring tools if approached as such.