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Putting Olio to the Test

Putting Olio to the Test

Have you heard about Olioboard? No? Well don't worry I will fill you in. Olioboard is an online mood board maker, similar to Polyvore, but for interiors. And like Polyvore, it is a maddening yet satisfying time eater. Here is the game; you get a blank board and fill it with all the goodies you can fit on to it; furniture, wallpaper, fabric, flooring, accessories and even your own images. Then, using their sizing, layering and cropping tools you end up with a wondrous concept board that helpfully links to all the products. I had so so much fun testing it out, here was my first attempt;

Sounds pretty great right? Yeah, well it is when you have that kid in a candy shop attitude, feeling carefree in your inspiration or art making. The problem comes when you say, have a budget, specific items in mind, or wish to see items from more than a select 10 stores (no Ikea?!). And being adept at photoshop I struggle with the limited and non-specific tools Olio offers. Although there are many active users creating a bounty for creative and elaborate boards, I am not alone in being disinclined to use it as a consistent tool; seeing as Compete.com reports Olio only has 8.5k unique visitors a month.

Don't get me wrong, I actually do love it. I am excited there is a site like Olioboard and I am confident it will only get better and I certainly will be watching. For now Olio is best for eye candy, playtime, quick and easy idea jotting or testing, communicating a style or idea, and general fun if you are nerdy like me. I used it for my Pinpointing Ourselves Post earlier this month, making a rough board and searching for items on Olio then taking them to photoshop to clean it up. And it was a glorious thing because I was simply exploring style elements and unrestricted by price or practicality. It allowed me to try new things because it was such a low risk of my time and I really appreciated that aspect.

Here are some lovely examples from more experienced users:

So, in conclusion I encourage you play and explore with Olioboard. Try new things, create jumping off points for fabulous, have fun and just leave your practical hat out of it.

Midwest Modern

Midwest Modern

Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle