Sunday 24 June 2018

5 Signs It’s Time To Redecorate!

Your home should be the one place that makes you happy. Spending time at home; amidst all your personal and treasured belongings, various decorations and furniture ought to bring a smile to your face. Other than providing shelter for you and your loved ones, your home should give you a sense of pride.

Keeping the original design, you liked for your humble abode years ago may not be an option anymore, especially if it no longer makes you feel happy. If you like the look of your friends or relatives homes but not your own then you know there is something wrong.

A surefire way of knowing things are due for a change is when you’re left wondering how your home would look if more current design themes were applied. Your current design might have been all the rage before, but it may be high time for an update when you experience any or all of the following signs. Today we're chatting with guest contributor Emma who shares her top five telltale signs that it's definitely time to redecorate!

Too Plain
Living in a house that has had the same colour since you first moved in can be tedious. More so, if all the walls are the same tone of white or beige. Sure an all-white backdrop for your home may look clean and fresh for a while but having the same tone throughout the home for years can also be tedious and boring especially if you are into what’s hip, contemporary or trendy.

In case any of the above statements are true for you then it may be time to personalise the colours of the walls in your home. Choose colour tones that you enjoy looking at and can see yourself being happy with for the next seven or eight years.

Keeping the paint outside your home looking good is also important. If the exterior paint of your home looks faded or some areas look worn, then it is time for a fresh coat of paint. In case you see bubbles in the paint of your home that usually indicates a problem with the sealant.

The sealant may have already worn out which will cause moisture and the elements to get into the material of your home. These will eventually end up damaging your property, so a new coat of paint and sealant are essential to shield your property from the harsh elements. 

Worn-out Furniture
When was the last time you bought a new sofa set or a dining set? You can still repair your leather couch if it is peeling or has a tear or two or maybe even reupholster your fabric lounge to give it a fresh facelift or relocate it to your garage, TV room or even the guest room.

In case your home is filled with pieces of furniture that follow no particular theme then it might be a good idea to have a garage sale and buy some new furniture that complements your current style and design.

Once you’ve bought new furniture, make sure you look after it to keep it in great condition for as long as possible! Completely re-furnishing your whole house will be costly, so the longer each piece lasts, the better.

Happy Factor
Being at home should always make you feel comfortable and happy. Each decoration piece should make you feel joy and proud to have them showcased in your house.

If something no longer makes you happy then sell it on eBay or Gumtree, give it away or donate it. In case you cannot bear the thought of losing a particular item from your past then store it somewhere safe or perhaps upcycle it.

Choose a design theme that you know will make you happy or at least keep you content for the next decade or so. Take your time when selecting the best idea to incorporate into your home. Redecorating is a big decision which will be a part of your life for a while, so don’t rush it.

If for some reason you are not sure of the design you want, to try to picture your home with the various themes in place. It’s also a good idea to get the opinion of your partner or the input of close friends and family before you take a hammer to the wall!

Behind the times
When was the last time you redecorated your home? Maybe you never really decorated your place when you first moved in and just unpacked everything you had. In case you did decorate your place to represent what was trendy a long time ago, it may be time for an update.

Most people redecorate their home every seven or eight years. Even that may be stretching it; seven years is already an awfully long time to stare at the same design theme. If your Pinterest board looks nothing like your home, then that is a sure sign to start redecorating!

Lifestyle changes
Making design changes based on how you live your life is critical as well. For example, If you had a playroom for the kids five years ago, but now they are teenagers, then you hardly need that playroom anymore. You can convert the playroom into a home office, or even turn it into a home gym. Your needs change with your lifestyle and your home will also need to reflect and complement those changes.

Having your home stuck in old decor can be draining. There are many reasons to get your home decor updated. Take a moment to reflect if any of the above signs are true for you. If one or more is true for you, then it is time to redecorate your home.

Choose a colour palette that you and your family will enjoy. Keep it neutral and add pops of colour and visual interest with unique decor accessories and indoor plants. More importantly, choose furniture, decorations and a design theme that makes you happy!

Till next time... it's time to redecorate!


About the Author
Emma is a part-time property developer who loves sharing how others can make their homes amazing both inside and out on her blog Fixtures and Flowers. You can chat to Emma on Twitter.

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