If the way you live in your home as changed — perhaps a family member has moved in, a baby has arrived, children have left home, or even switching jobs (perhaps bringing the need for a home office) — it’s a new opportunity to address your home’s decor and renovate to better suit your new daily patterns.
It’s recommended that you repaint every three to four years. After five years, painted walls have faded or yellowed. For walls in high-traffic areas, at the very least consider re-painting them every three years.
True, there are some window treatments that can stand the test of time — classic designs in traditional fabrics like velvet, silk or linen will have more staying-power. However, over time fabrics exposed to sunlight fade, blinds don’t work properly or a style has gone out of fashion (It’s unlikely ‘80s balloon curtains will make a comeback). Therefore, it’s good to consider changing window treatments every seven to 10 years.
Like window treatments, over time the fabric of upholstered items will fade and show wear and tear. If a piece is looking tired and worn, consider having it reupholstered or slip-covered (which would cost a bit less). Be sure to choose suitable fabrics — for example, hard-wearing fabrics like canvas, leather, or suede are great for homes with children and/or pets.
Home decor magazines and decor shows can be a good source of inspiration for re-decorating. If you’re at a loss as to what to do — change a few things or renovate every room — ask friends for ideas or consider a consultation with an interior designer.
Rarely is a home perfect and usually there is room for some improvement (no pun intended). Redecorating can take a lot of energy and resources, but even the smallest project — like painting one wall or adding a new piece of furniture — can have a big impact.
Redecorating does cost some money. It’s easy to put off projects and not make changes because of the expense. But, not all projects cost a lot of money. Just moving furniture around, switching up the art on the walls, or painting can freshen up a space. Making a budget and sticking to it can be challenging but rewarding. Research what where to splurge and where to save. If undergoing a large project, consider hiring a decorator or interior designer — they’re professionals that can steer you in the right direction — saving you from making expensive mistakes.
Apart from helping the environment, switching to energy-saving light-bulbs and appliances will save money. Installing energy-efficient window or installing solar panels is a bigger undertaking but will be beneficial in the long-run. And, simply choosing eco-friendly materials such as low VCO paints, organic fabrics, and sustainable woods will make your improve your home and make it healthier.