If you haven’t heard of Pinterest, it’s definitely worth checking out — it’s a fun, sort of Twitter-like social bookmarking site that focuses on images. I started an account there a few weeks ago (you can see my pinnings here), and I’ve been using it to collect nursery images (and other fun things) all magpie-like.
The social component of Pinterest means that you can follow other users, and if someone pins something you find interesting, you can re-pin it to one of your own pinboards. I bring all this up because of something interesting that happened when I pinned the following image:
It’s an extremely high-contrast black and white nursery that I pinned mostly because it seemed visually striking next to all of the more traditional nurseries. But that was about the extent of it — personally, this doesn’t seem all that fitting or appealing as a baby’s room, and overall it kind of reminds me of something out of that movie Beetlejuice.
But lots of people have been re-pinning it — about thirty as of this writing, which seems remarkable given that I don’t really have any contacts or followers on that site. And that led me to wonder: do people really find this to be an appealing design for a nursery? Or does it keep getting re-pinned because people see it and think, “Oh, that’s weird and interesting like something out of Beetlejuice”?
I mean, I know there are some strange trends in interior design these days, so I guess I wouldn’t be too surprised if this turns out to be the hip new thing in nurseries. But I’d be curious to hear anyone else’s thoughts on the subject. Is black and white with no colors your idea of the ideal nursery design?