Neale Whitaker explains the downside of using Pinterest to style your home

It's crucial to choose your heart over social media trends.

From Pinterest boards to Instagram hashtags, most of us turn to social media for style inspiration.

But interior design expert and host of upcoming Lifestyle show Love It or List It Australia Neale Whitaker says we should take greater care to curate a consistent look in our homes, rather than chasing trends.

"We’ve all become stylists through TV shows like Selling Houses Australia, but at the same time social media has played a massive role," Neale told Lifestyle.

"Pinterest and Instagram in particular have made stylists of all of us, but there is a downside to this. People are losing sight of continuity, because they’re pinning bathrooms, kitchens and bathrooms that don’t always go together.

"You need some kind of continuity between the different rooms and areas, particularly if you’re thinking of selling it."

Neale says he often sees people styling different rooms in completely different ways because they're using a Pinterest board as their frame of reference.

"Unless you've got that ability to edit and think of how rooms and spaces flow into each other, you’ve got a bit of a problem and I believe social media has contributed to that," he explained.

So what advice would Neale give to property obsessed Australians decorating their homes?

"My advice is always to go with the heart," Neale says. "I’m not a great believer in trends. I’d never advise anyone to go with something just because it’s on trend at the minute.

"My line is always ‘It’s your home’. If you plan to live in it, this is the place you want to wake up in the morning and feel really happy about everything you see."

He encourages people to choose items for their home they love that tell stories from their lives.

"There’s nothing better than personal mementos, things that have been collected on trips overseas, all that stuff. Anything you can point to in your home and say, 'That means something to me'."

Neale is currently busy filming the brand new Lifestyle series Love It or List It Australia, based on the smash hit global format.

He's joined forces with Andrew Winter on the show to help solve homeowners' dilemmas across the country.

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