20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

Warm putty gray painted kitchen cabinets, beadboard, and marble backsplash in a gorgeous classic kitchen. #kitchendesign #greykitchen #farmhousekitchen

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

If you use Pinterest, then you may have noticed some recent changes. The Smart Feed used to show you images that were recently pinned, but now you’ll see what Pinterest thinks you are interested in based on who you follow, your pins, and your interests. As a relatively new Pinterest user who is trying to leverage it to drive more traffic to this blog, I am now paying attention to how the algorithm works and how to increase the quality of my Pinterest account and ranking there. Oh my lord. As if trying to create content Google will like wasn’t challenging enough! Here’s what I know: THERE IS SO MUCH MYSTERY and VARIED ADVICE about Pinterest on the web that it is hard to know the best practices beyond just creating great content!

If you are a blogger or own a business, you probably know Pinterest is not a social media channel…it’s a search engine like Google. I have been blogging before Pinterest existed. In fact, it’s why I began blogging! I wanted a sweet place to store all the images I loved since my spiral notebooks stuffed with magazine pages were bulging at the seams!

Before I get to Pinterest stuff, I want to first share with you the images that are getting repinned the most from my blog and Pinterest boards in the last few weeks. If you want to do your Pinterest followers, friends on Pinterest, and your blog buddy here a favor, DO PIN THESE POPULAR INTERIOR DESIGN PINS! (And if you pin the banners that seem like weird things to pin, no worries, they should take people to the right blog post and won’t just send them back to this post!).

Meet me at the finish line to read the tips/secrets Pinterest recommends for best success on this search engine.

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This amazing guest house (in Houston, belonging to Annette Schatte) is charming the pants off a lot of Francophiles!

French Farmhouse style stucco exterior and tile roof is the guest house in Houston of Annette Schatte. Breathtaking architecture and setting! #Frenchfarmhouse #FrenchCountry #houseideas #homeexterior #houseexterior #housegoals #dreamhomes #stucco #tileroof #limestone #curbappeal #frontdoor #homeideas

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

Ruth Gay’s house with interiors by Pamela Pierce is so timeless and special, it will never fall from favor on Pinterest or elsewhere!

Interior design and decor inspiration! Elegant and understated French Country decor in living room with stone walls and flooring. Ruth Gay's home with design by Pamela Pierce. #FrenchCountry #interiordesignideas #furniture #livingroomdecor #neutrals #interiordecorating #romanticcountry #frenchfarmhouse #decoratingideas #antiques #roomdecor

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

Beautiful white brick home exterior. #housedesign #houseexterior

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

You might recognize this next charming breakfast area from HGTV’s Fixer Upper – it is in a 1927 Tudor home I blogged about right here.

Gorgeous breakfast nook in a kitchen with European inspired design, black and white check floors, light grey trim, white walls, modern lighting, and romantic timeless style. #homedecor #vintagestyle #fixerupper

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

You would not believe how many emails I receive about choosing a white quartz for a kitchen. This next pin links to that story where I share my own journey and offer help.

How to Choose the Right White Quartz Color! Hello Lovely Studio #quartz #kitchendesign #countertops

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

When I blogged about black and white decor, this image blew up!

Black and white elegant and luxurious bathroom with crystal chandelier, clawfoot tub, and gold accents. Hexagon black and white tile flooring plays a starring role!

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

Desiree of Decor de Provence has moved on from her former French chateau where this kitchen is located, but on Pinterest, it is still gaining traction with its gorgeous green aqua tiles! See that story here.

Soft pastels in aqua and pink in a beautiful white French Country kitchen by Decor de Provence. #FrenchCountry #shelves #romanticcountry

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

This is a modern farmhouse I blogged about long ago, and it still gets repinned and shared all these years later!

Modern farmhouse/Michigan/stacked stone wall/exterior/hello lovely studio: modern farmhouse inspiration (scheduled via http://www.tailwindapp.com?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=twpin&utm_content=post151603803&utm_campaign=scheduler_attribution)

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

Charming built-in banquettes made of natural organic, modern rustic booths in breakfast area of kitchen with black industrial windows and ceiling. #rusticdecor #modernfarmhouse #banquette

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

Black and white bedroom with brass swing arm lamp. #blackandwhitedecor #bedroomdecor

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

Lovers of French Country keep repinning this next kitchen from a popular post on that subject.

Farmhouse kitchen and Farmhouse Home Decor inspiration. Farmhouse French Style! You will find tons of inspiration, tips, ideas and DIY waiting for you. Even if the French Farmhouse French Style is not your thing, I guarantee you will find inspiration and ideas.

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

Rustic French Farmhouse stone exterior and courtyard. #Frenchfarmhouse #farmhouseexterior #Provence

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

Lots of folks on Pinterest want to make their way to Waco, Texas someday to check out Magnolia Market, and this post where I share tips is gaining traction with farmhouse style and fans of the show!

Planning a visit to Magnolia Market? Here are 22 Things to Know Before You Go! #magnolia #silos #fixerupper #waco #magnoliamarket #silosbakery #magnoliatable #hgtv #joannagaines #chipgaines #homedecor #shopping

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

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20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

Subway tile, Bin pulls, open shelving, and modern farmhouse style in this unfitted kitchen design

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

So many breathtaking images from Patina Farm, and this pin with the amazing architecture is having its day.

A breathtaking hallway with sculptural ceilings, plaster walls, white oak flooring, and archways. #laundryroom #patinafarm #modernfarmhouse

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

Rustic antique cutting boards, farm sink, kitchen.Interior design by MILIEU editor Pamela Pierce (French, Swedish, Belgian, European, Gustavian, Scandinavian antiques, modern art, minimal, feminine, romantic, timeless, tranquil, farmhouse, elegant, traditional decor with reclaimed stone, biots, white roses, linen, slipcovers, ruffles, skirted tables, Lefroy Brooks, cremone bolts, steel windows and doors, rustic wood, white, neutrals, Chateau Domingue, oversize sconces, and chandeliers.

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

French and Swedish inspired sitting area in modern farmhouse romantic bedroom. Antique stone fireplace surround, buit-ins, aqua, wing chairs, wood ceiling, and French chandelier. Prepare to swoon over this Giannetti Home! {House Tour} French Country Beach House by Giannetti Home - Hello Lovely

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

Black steel windows, stainless steel cabinets, and concrete in a lofty industrial farmhouse style kitchen. #industrialfarmhouse

20 Interior Design Viral PINS & Pinterest Secrets!

I hope you found these inspiring images PINNABLE!

A Favor…

Before I even share what I’m learning about Pinterest and its recent changes and recommendations, I have a question for you pinners with thousands of followers: DO YOU HAVE A DECOR RELATED BOARD I MIGHT BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO? Since I am new to using Pinterest and trying to grow (I have almost 4,000 Pinterest followers), I would like to add more followers to increase Hello Lovely’s presence there. One way to do that is by joining groups of like-minded pinners!

Joining group boards helps since it provides another board to share content to which will be seen by followers and hopefully repinned. Does this make sense? A few of my own Pinterest boards are collaborative boards with several other people. As a decor blogger with a ton of images to share, I need boards to share pins to! If you have a strong Pinterest following or are growing like me, please consider sending me an invitation to join as a contributor to one or more of your decor related boards. It is one way that I can continue growing Hello Lovely, and I’ll be so grateful.

3 Pinterest Success Secrets to Keep in Mind

If you use Pinterest just for personal organization of beautiful decor, recipes, and great ideas, these secrets may not seem that useful to you. However, if you have a strong following on Pinterest, want to promote a blog or business, or use Pinterest to sell things, these tips may help.

1. Ideal Images for Pinterest

Size matters. The best size for images to be pinned to Pinterest is: 600 x 900 or 600 x 1260. Pinterest is now cutting off longer images.

Vertical skinny images are favored for good reason…mobile users! Those beautiful wide, landscape scaled photos don’t go over well on Pinterest.

Images should not be too busy, too text heavy, or too confusing. You want them to be to the point and to pique curiosity.

2. Keywords for Pinterest

When you are pinning images or posting them on your website, you’ll want to include keywords in the description so that when folks are searching Pinterest, your pin may be shown. You don’t want to just stuff those keywords in a description though – Pinterest favors natural descriptive sentences.

I’m sure you have been seeing hashtags on Pinterest. Should you use them? YES. And how many? Believe it or not, Pinterest recommends using up to 20 to describe your Pinterest PIN image.

If you are not sure what keywords or hashtags make sense, there are a couple of things to consider. If you want a Pin on your board to be discovered, think about what someone searching on Pinterest would type into the search box. Go ahead and actually use the search feature to see what other longtail keywords come up, and add those if they make sense. If you want viewers on Pinterest to click your Pin to go through to the blog or website it is linked to, then use keywords that describe what the post is about. The whole point is to be helpful and not sneaky!

3, When and How to Pin to Pinterest

Pinterest says don’t worry about how much you Pin! They want us pinning all day. But the time of day you pin and what you pin first first matters a lot. Your first 5 pins of the day are very important. It makes me want to beg my followers to start pinning their first 5 images from Hello Lovely first before pinning other pretty pictures! I would be so grateful for this since it truly matters where Pinterest is concerned.

Knowing  my first 5 pins are important in how they will show up in Pinterest’s Smart Feed, I use Tailwind as a scheduling tool since I can’t always manually pin throughout the day. It is well worth the money in my opinion since it is Pinterest-approved and not only makes pinning easier, it gives me all sorts of info about what is getting repinned and identifies my best performing pins on Pinterest.

Instead of spending an hour per day pinning to Pinterest (7 hours per week), I can now schedule my PINS with Tailwind in 1.5 hours per week. That is saving me 5.5 hours per week x 4 = 22 hours of work per month for around 10 bucks! I don’t think you can beat that. Since I signed up for their annual plan, I don’t even have to worry about a PIN limit. It’s unlimited pins when you pay for the annual plan. Tailwind has a free trial, or if you’re feeling saucey, just go for it and watch your Pinterest presence improve.

Oh, and about WHAT you pin. If you have a blog or business, Pinterest wants you pinning content other than your own. Some folks say 50/50 is okay, and others insist 70/30 (with 70% of content from others, 30% of your own). This is another perk of using Tailwind: scheduling pins with the right ratio is much much easier when done in one fell swoop rather than manually throughout the day.

Pretty Things!

Motivo French Chandelier
Linen Footstool
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
Laluz French Country Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Cara White Sofa
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
27″ Bar Stool
Rattan Side Table
Beachy White Felicity Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Aidan Gray Collier Lamp
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Country Altar Candlestick
French Tolix Style Metal Side Chair (Set of 2)
Modern Farmhouse Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Reclaimed Elm Accent Stool
Rustic Ring 12-Light Chandelier
French Upholstered Gray Bench
French Country Lantern Pendant
Jute ARea Rug
Old World 2-Light Sconce Pair
French Candle Style Chandelier
Swedish Writing Desk
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Accent Stool
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Linen Slope Arm Dining Chairs
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
Tufted Headboard
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
White Writing Desk
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Grey Accent Chest
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant
White Vase Set
Apothecary Chest
Grainsack Stripe Armchair
Santa Maria Sconce Set of 2
Fireclay Farm Sink
Striped Dress Form
Elm rustic stool
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Grey Bistro Set
60″ Round Pedestal Dining Table
Scrubbed Look Wood Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
French Country Chandelier
Teak Farmhouse Stool

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. Cathy
    April 23, 2018 / 5:31 am

    I recently deactivated my Pinterest account because I was sick and tired of them interjecting what THEY WANTED. I considered my boards and what I pinned none of their business so I resented them tracking me and thinking I wanted their interference. Repeated attempts to get them to stop this practice made me realize they intend to do whatever they want and I was powerless. I now collect photos on my computer only. Which is a lot better for me because I can use the arrow keys to travel through my collections (no opening and closing) plus with Pinterest if you clicked on a photo to enlarge it you often could not go back into the board at the spot you’d had last been at and you’d start viewing the board from the beginning over and over till you give up. I gave up on them. Cathy

    • michele
      April 23, 2018 / 11:53 am

      I’m so sorry to hear it felt gross for you, Cathy. That sounds like a headache. I got a late start on Pinterest so I never experienced what it was like when my interests weren’t being tracked. Do you know about marking your board secret? It’s just a single click and there are lots of reasons for keeping your board(s) private temporarily or permanently. One thing I appreciate is that Pinterest is now really good at recognizing images and pulling similar ones which I might like so it helps me discover new stuff I might never have seen (like an even BETTER recipe for blueberry muffins). And it’s free so I am okay with seeing some paid ads. 🙂

      • Cathy
        April 26, 2018 / 6:21 pm

        I’d been using Pinterest for a long time – before they tracked you so obviously and insinuated whatever they thought you’d want to see. Time and time again I tried dealing with them. To no avail. I only wanted to see the people I followed. And I wanted to be able to search things of interest without Pinterest flooding my home board with their cr@p. Secret boards are not secret to them only to other users. I’m done with them. Cathy

        • michele
          April 26, 2018 / 7:50 pm

          I wonder if things have changed, Cathy. Now there is a bubble you can click in settings if you don’t want any recommendations based on your browsing. I am so sorry it was a negative experience because it a source of a lot of fun DIYs and recipes for me! 🙂

  2. Connie
    April 23, 2018 / 11:24 am

    After seeing all the gorgeous photos you’ve shared this morning, I think I can say “Is this Heaven?” 🙂 All so lovely! Thanks again for sharing them.

    • michele
      April 23, 2018 / 11:42 am

      Ha! Thanks for tuning in and for the encouragement. Without kindred spirits out there who love to discover and pin beautiful design, I’d be a lonely soul! xox

  3. April 25, 2018 / 9:27 am

    My mom used to clip magazines, and she subscribed to a zillion. She had boxes and boxes of clippings. I like Pinterest because if I see something interesting–a recipe to try, the kind of tile I want for the bathroom–I can pin it and find it again easily without having physical clippings.
    A picture speaks a thousand words, and when you’re talking to a contractor, nothing is better than pulling up photos to say “like this.”

    • michele
      April 25, 2018 / 10:43 am

      YES! Great for contractors and for handy husbands too! I use Pinterest much more often than Google now. Thanks for stopping–I read all your posts but have had trouble leaving comments and hope to figure this out soon. 🙂

  4. April 27, 2018 / 6:07 pm

    I just stumbled on your blog via Pinterest, and I’m so glad I did! You have created an amazing place of inspiration! I, too, am trying to gain more followers and views, and would love it if you’d like to contribute to my “farmhouse in color” group board. Your pins would be a most lovely addition! Please email me if you are interested and I’ll add you!

    • michele
      April 27, 2018 / 7:28 pm

      Hi! So great to meet you. I will check out your blog and am so grateful for the invite. I plan to hand over my Pinterest management to someone else so I am not sure if I’ll be able to join your beautiful board. 🙂

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