The term “redecorating” carries different meaning for different people. Some people get excited just hearing the word, while others cringe and practically break out in hives at the mere mention. Not all of us have the redecorating gene but everyone benefits from it, as giving your favorite spaces a dreamy, new look is simply good for the soul. Whether you’re doing so because it’s been a while, you’re selling your home, or you’re looking to put your spin on a new home, redesigning your digs doesn’t need to be an overwhelming prospect. But how often should you redecorate? We explore that below.
How Long Has it Been?
If you’ve got beads coming down to separate rooms in your house a la The Brady Bunch, it’s time. After a while, your home will be begging for a makeover. Nostalgia is a wonderful thing but if four Presidents have been in office since your last redesign, others are likely taking note. It doesn’t mean you have to pitch everything, as we don’t want the hoarder within to panic. But the KonMari Method is always a good approach when it’s been a while. Simply put, this means you hold each belonging you’re thinking of throwing away to see if it sparks joy. If it doesn’t, it’s gone. How freeing is that? If it’s been a long time, redecorating can not only serve a wonderful purpose in giving your home a new look, but it will also be the impetus you need to finally purge.
Weigh Your Dough and Your Get-Up-And-Go
Redecorating done right costs money and, while you don’t have to buy all top-of-the-line items at the most expensive stores, even minor changes can add up. Evaluate your finances. If things are tight, now is not likely the time, as redecorating on a shoestring budget can make it extra stressful. If you feel like you’re flush with cash, it could be time to go for it. This is particularly true if you’ve been itching to get at it, as staying motivated is half the battle. There are a lot of things these days that can get your redecorating juices flowing. From Pinterest and HGTV shows to subscribing to sites like Houzz and antiquing, redecoration inspiration is seemingly everywhere.
Sweat the Small Stuff
We know, we know, you’re not really supposed to sweat the small stuff but when it comes to deciding whether to redecorate, it’s these smaller things that can often let us know when it’s time. Are your baseboards scuffed? Are the cupboards chipped? Are there a lot of scuff marks on the walls? While these are things we can ignore for a while, when they start to add up, this could be a sign that your home is in need of some TLC.
Are You Selling Your Home?
If you’re selling your home, it could be time to give your home some love by way of redecorating. We know this can be a tough pill to swallow, as you won’t be the one to enjoy these special touches. However, allowing prospects to walk through a home that screams, “I’m outdated!” is never a good idea. You don’t necessarily have to go for a full remodel, per se, but purging to declutter (which will also help you with your upcoming move), updating your décor, and making sure floors and furniture are in good shape are all necessary in order to sell your home. In fact, the latter is so important that real estate agents will often have stagers come and lay out the furniture for you for maximum appeal.
One of the easiest and most economical ways to make a good impression when redecorating is going for a fresh coat of paint in each room. San Diego painting company Finish Line suggests using neutral paint colors to appeal to a wider audience. Light colors like white, off-white, cream, and gray will also brighten up a home, which is important when showing it off to prospects.
We know this isn’t the most specific of answers butm when it comes down to it, how often you redecorate depends simply on your budget, your desires, and whether you are selling your home. Once you decide to go for it, hop on social media design sites or hire an interior decorator to enjoy a home that perfectly reflects your personality.