Renovating your home isn’t an exact science and different homeowners will have different ideas about how often their property needs a makeover. However, when it’s time to repaint the living room, replace those balustrade components or buy new modern furniture, because committing fully to the project is essential.
Even experts in interior design disagree on how frequently homes require redecorating. In fact, there is even some debate about how extensive a renovation should be. However, there is a general consensus that there are actually three separate kinds of redecoration projects which can be undertaken in any property, and some should be carried out more often than others.
Refresh is something which most homeowners tend to do organically, every now and then, investing in new pieces for one room or another as they spot items that they like, or as and when items wear out and require replacing.
As you might expect, a Refresh is not a particularly involving process, and requires very little in the way of preparation, and nothing in terms of the upheaval and chaos associated with a complete renovation project. This means that this type of redecoration project can be carried out on a pretty regular basis and sometimes even seasonally.
A Refresh can involve something as quick and easy as buying some stylish fresh pillows and bedding, replacing ornaments and textiles in the living room or replacing your bath towels and other bathroom accessories for stylish new ones. Even just changing your brand of air freshener to one that matches the time of the year can work wonders.
Although more complex than Refresh, a Re-style is still not a full-scale renovation project. The best way to carry out a Re-style for any room is to remove all of the furniture and then look again at what could be improved, what can be got rid of and what could be added.
Perhaps all that is required is a change of furniture positioning to give the room a fresh new feel, or perhaps some furnishing items need to be removed permanently to make way for more stylish items which complement the theme of the space more effectively. When you look again at your room without its furniture, you’ll be able to get a better feel for movement and more effective placement of furniture so that you can more effectively use your space.
There are a few other elements which can be changed during this process too. For example, replacing door handles, balustrade components or light switch covers for more stylish and modern ones will improve the room too.
This type of project should be carried out every couple of years.
A makeover is a much more complex and time-consuming project which may be quite expensive and will require a lot of personal effort. The good news, however, is that it’s something that will probably only be needed around once every five to ten years.
Although a makeover is quite an intensive and invasive process, it is the kind of redecoration project you will no doubt find most rewarding. Involving a considerable amount of preparation, you will need to develop a plan of attack, decide on colours, materials and a design before getting started.
Of course, re-wallpapering or re-painting is a key part of this kind of project, as well as replacing furniture and decorative items which no longer work with the décor and investing in new floor coverings. This is the time to repair or replace any broken items such as damaged balustrade components, non-functioning dimmer switches or chipped furniture.
When it comes to carrying out a complete makeover, you may want to tackle the project yourself if you are a keen DIY enthusiast. However the scale of these projects can be so large, especially if you are undertaking a whole home facelift, that you may find it worthwhile in terms of convenience to engage the services of a professional interior designer or painting and decorator who can tackle the job for you, saving your time, frustration and effort.
There is no hard and fast rule about when to redecorate your home, so there is no need to be overly concerned if your home hasn’t seen a paintbrush for some time. At the end of the day, it’s your satisfaction that counts, so as long as you’re happy with your current décor, there’s no need to rush into making huge changes.
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