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Makeover Motivation

Blog by Joette Fielding | January 9th, 2015

imagesKHQTZRJ6.jpgWelcome to the New Year! Is it time your décor got a new look? Here are some great reasons to take on a redecorating project in 2015, be it a whole-home makeover, or a one-room revamping. 

There’s been a change in your cohabitation situation.
There comes a time when ‘my place’ needs to look more like ‘our place’. Compromise is key, here – maybe she’ll agree to paint over the pink walls if he’ll agree not to bring his car-engine coffee table, for instance. On the other hand, if you find yourself newly single, what better way to make a fresh start than a ‘my-way makeover’ of your home – begin by hauling that car engine-coffee table out of storage, or putting all that pink back up!

Your family is growing. If you’re expecting, you might need to turn that home office, home gym, or guest room into a nursery. There are lots of ways to make the rest of your home more child-friendly too, like rearranging furniture to create more open space for play, incorporating more storage for hiding toys, adding rugs in high-traffic areas to protect floors and choosing highly scrubbable paint when giving your wall a new coat.

Your nest has emptied. Just as the arrival of children can be a catalyst for change, so can their departure. With the kids gone, your décor needn’t be so practical – you can finally buy that white living-room set you’ve been wanting or bring the antiques out of hiding. Maybe it’s time dad got his man cave back, or mom finally got that craft room she’s always wanted. Consider, too, that taking on a redecorating project – large or small – can be useful in helping you cope with empty-nest syndrome.

You’ve decided to sell your home. When your home is not for sale, it should of course reflect your personality and appeal to you. When you’re selling, though, your décor should appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. A home with neutral, unadventurous décor will appeal to the majority of buyers, so if you want to sell quicker and for more money, pack up the family photos, take down that theme room and paint over those bold walls.

It’s a new year. Hey, it’s as good an excuse as any! Who says you need a reason as practical as those mentioned previously to change things up? Maybe you’ve just neglected things for too long and your décor is starting to feel like a museum exhibit about domestic life in the 1980s. Or perhaps your perfectly put-together home looks like it’s straight out of a catalogue, but lacks warmth and personality. Whatever your reasons, you don’t need to justify them – except perhaps to those with whom you live and share financial responsibility!


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