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4 Signs it’s Time to Redecorate

Time for a Change

If watching HGTV has you dreaming of a new decor, perhaps your home is in need of an update.

While most experts recommend that you should redecorate your home every 7 years, many of us are overdue for some redecorating. In fact, nearly half (47%) of North Americans haven’t updated their home decor in the past five years.

How do you know if your home is out of date? Here are four reasons to consider updating your home.

  1. Everything is White

    If all the walls are the same colour as when you moved in, it’s time to personalize your space. The white space is a blank canvas.

    Now it’s time to jazz up the place with some colour on the walls. Add furniture and new accessories to make the space truly your own.

  2. Feel Good Factor

    Do you feel bored when you are home? It should be a place that inspires you and renews your spirit.

    If your space isn’t giving you the right energy it may be time to freshen up your space. Choosing a paint colour isn’t just about personal taste — it’s about creating a mood. Soothing, calm colours will help you feel rested while bright colours can be energizing.

  3. So Yesterday

    Styles and trends change, but so do our tastes. A colour scheme that was so chic a few years back, may be dated now. While you may have been a “traditional style” person, you may feel drawn to more contemporary designs now.

    Allow yourself the freedom to engage in different designs that suit your personality.

  4. Lifestyle Changes

    Changes in your life may trigger a need for change. For instance maybe you have taken up an interest in fitness and need a workout room.

    Are you expecting? It’s time to create a nursery for the new bundle on the way. Perhaps the kid’s Power Rangers room is too “young” for them now that they are teens. Are you a newlywed? Your new blended style will reflect both your tastes. Or as a newly divorced person, you may want to indulge in a “uber feminine” style.

    Do you entertain a lot? Maybe it’s time to create more of a new, modern, open concept dining/living room that allows you to feel more connected when you are sharing food and conversation with guests in your home.

    If your son/daughter has left for college, you can use that newly empty room as a hobby room for painting, sewing, scrapbooking, or mediating. Or perhaps you or hubby want to live it up a bit with a new man cave, diva den, or spa bathroom.

Try A Mini-Redesign Refresher

If you don’t have the time or budget for a major design, there are lots of tiny things you can do to make a big impact.

  • Try a new paint colour.
  • Add a few new decorative pillows.
  • Rearrange the furniture.
  • Create a new decorative vignette with vases, pictures, or other accent pieces.
  • Sometimes something as small as a new shower curtain or accent rug can do wonders to freshen up a room.

It’s time: Treat yourself to a design makeover. You SO deserve it!

Our physical surroundings have a huge impact on how we feel. It feels amazing to transform your space into something that is comfortable, classy, and expresses your unique style.

If you feel stuck, hiring an interior decorating professional may be a smart move to save you time, money, and frustration. They are experienced and will work closely with you to create the look you are going for.

Happy decorating!

How to Inspire Your Room Design with an Inspiration Piece

Red and white vase

Are you ready to take on redecorating a room?

Knowing where to start can sometimes be the biggest challenge. I love the idea of working with an inspiration piece. Do you have a piece that “speaks” to you?

Using that piece makes pulling a room together fast and easy! After reading this article, you will have learned more about how an inspiration piece can help you create the room of your dreams.

What makes the perfect inspiration piece?

Usually it’s something you are drawn to. Something that you may be secretly obsessed with. It can be anything you love like a pillow, scarf, rug, ream of fabric, or piece of art. Or perhaps you found a magazine picture of a room whose style you’d like to match.

With an inspiration piece as your guide, it makes the process of designing a room simple.

Next, look closely at the elements of your inspiration piece to discover the colours, patterns, textures, and feeling that it evokes for you.

Colours: are the colours neutral, bright, or subdued? What are the top 3 colours you like from this piece? Be sure to pick one main colour and a couple of complementary shades for your colour palette.

Patterns: does it have floral or stripes? Is the design small or bold in scale?

Textures: is it sleek and smooth, rustic, shiny, soft, or metallic?

Feeling: what is the overall feel of your piece? Does the piece make you feel happy and energized, calm and restful, elegant and regal, or energized and fun?

Now give your style a fun name.

Is it contemporary, modern, traditional, classic, southwestern, Victorian, country, shabby chic, arts and crafts, Asian, tropical, eclectic, French, Mediterranean, Moroccan, transitional, western, sports, or a style that is all your own?

Create a Design Board that maps out the main style elements you’d like to use from your inspiration piece. This can feature pictures colours, textures, fabrics and pieces that fit the look and feel you are trying to create.

Now it’s time to go shopping using your inspiration piece to guide your decisions. Write a list of major pieces you’d like to buy for the room. Look for window coverings that fit within your theme.

Next choose paint colours and accent colors that you have pulled from your inspiration piece. Then select accents such as pillows, artwork, lamps, throws, and decorative accents that evoke the feeling you are looking for.

That’s it!

Working with an inspiration piece makes it easy to define your style, create a plan, and select the perfect pieces to create a room you’ll love.

Have fun creating a beautiful space you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Share below what your favourite inspirational piece is!