How do you know when you should renovate or decorate? If more than one space in your home needs an update, it can be hard to figure out where to begin. To help you make an easier decision, ask yourself two questions.
As a homeowner, your list of updates is long and sometimes it’s hard to prioritize which project to tackle next.
It could be a list that looks something like this:
- Painting (this, of course, creates the biggest bang for your buck!)
- Flooring (it’s the one that’s the easiest to change—well relatively—for the second biggest impact)
- Kitchen or bathrooms—countertops, flooring, cabinets, plumbing fixtures
- Fireplace mantle/tile/stone
- Additions, balconies, sunrooms, etc.
- Landscaping and curb appeal
The list goes on and on but unless it’s falling apart and truly decrepit, here are the questions you should ask before you start demolishing your kitchen or bathroom (for example):
1. Can it be painted?
Adding a coat of paint is many times the simplest and least expensive way to make an update. Backsplash tile, cabinets, even countertops can be painted to get you through until the renovation really needs to be done.
Below is a lovely example of painting the backsplash to make do until a full renovation could take place.
2. Is my living room decorated?
One of the participants from my True Colour Expert Training said one of the many things she came away with in my course was to take one room and finish it—whether it’s the great room or living room—the one you spend the most time in and your guests see. Instead of spreading your money around to a bunch of rooms/areas in your house that maybe you don’t use as often and then not getting anything finished.
When you don’t finish decorating any of your rooms, you can’t walk into any room in your house with any kind of satisfaction and enjoyment because your always going to see something that you know needs tweaking or updating. Finish decorating one room!
I know I sound biased because I am a decorator, but unless your new kitchen is going to completely transform your living or great room, I would not spend my money there until I had spent some money FIRST on creating atmosphere in the main areas of my house. And how do you achieve astmosphere? With new furniture, lighting and accessories—that’s how.
The rental I’m in now has peach kitchen cabinets that I will eventually paint. Instead of a weekend away I would rather buy paint and love my space than worry about the money I’m spending on a rental. Plus this is what I do, and I cannot live with apartment beige.
However that is last on my list because my living/dining/entry is my first priority. There’s only so much you can do to a kitchen or bathroom to create atmosphere—these spaces have have very little opportunities for creating softness and colour with fabrics and lighting.
I know I’ve said this before, but I’m saying it again here.
Before you start installing crown molding or replacing the doors and closets in your entire house, hire a designer to help you. Or at the very least a consultation to get you started in the right direction in terms of furniture colour, style, space planning so that you can create your very own slice of heaven. Because, after all, you want to feel happy every time you walk into your home!
If you would like your home to fill you with happiness every time you walk in, contact us! We would love to help you choose colours, select the right combination of hard finishes or create a plan to pull your room together. You can find our fabulous e-design consultation packages here.
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