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Beyond Instagram: How Social Media is Turning Us All Into Armchair Interior Designers

Are you tired of scrolling through Instagram and seeing the same minimalist living room with a potted plant and a fluffy rug? Are you convinced that you could design a better space with your eyes closed? Well, my friend, you are not alone.

Thanks to social media, we’ve all become armchair interior designers. We pin, we post, we save, and we critique. We comment on strangers’ photos with our unsolicited opinions and think we’re experts because we’ve watched a few episodes of “Queer Eye.”

But is this obsession with interior design just harmless fun, or is it actually changing the way we approach our homes? Let’s dive in.

First off, social media has made us all more design-conscious. We’re exposed to more styles and trends than ever before, which means we’re more likely to experiment with our own spaces. Whether it’s boho chic or mid-century modern, we’ve all got a personal style (or at least, we think we do).

But this newfound design knowledge has also made us more demanding. We want our homes to look like they belong on the pages of Architectural Digest, but we don’t want to pay the price. We scour the internet for affordable knockoffs and DIY hacks, convinced that we can achieve the same look for a fraction of the cost.

And don’t even get me started on the pressure to curate the perfect Instagram feed. We rearrange our furniture, swap out pillows, and adjust the lighting until our living room looks like it was staged for a magazine shoot. We post photos of our homes with captions like “casual Sunday vibes” or “just living my best life” because apparently, our homes need to have a personality too.

So, what’s the takeaway here? Should we all stop caring about interior design and just let our homes be whatever they are? Well, that’s up to you. But one thing’s for sure: social media has turned us all into amateur interior designers, whether we like it or not. So next time you’re scrolling through Instagram and feeling inspired (or overwhelmed) by all the beautiful spaces, just remember: it’s just a photo. Your home doesn’t have to look like that. And if you want to redecorate, go ahead and do it. But don’t forget to have fun with it, too.