Your home should be in a constant state of evolution, developing and improving naturally over time (just like you). The concept of “redecorating” should be banished.
And here’s why…
- It implies that you should “finish” decorating and then do it all over again in a few years when you grow tired of the look. This makes no sense to me, from both a practical and financial standpoint. Who wants to spend money “redecorating” every few years?
- You should never feel like you’ve “failed” to get it right the first time, putting you in a position where you feel like you have to “redecorate” If you can get in touch with your own personal style and are open to creating a space that accurately reflects you and all your splendid quirks, then there can be no mistakes.
- It suggests that we should all blindly follow trends without considering if they’re really right for us in the first place. An interior that is purely based on trends will have to be “redecorated” every few years, just to keep up.
Instead, why not start with a classic, timeless canvas that allows you to interchange furnishings, artwork and accessories as your tastes grow and evolve?
This way, you can feel free to “try on” trends and inject pieces that reflect different facets of your personality in a low-comittment way without having to disrupt or ruin your entire room.
There are 3 keys to creating a timeless canvas which will allow you to add & subtract pieces, prints & patterns as you choose, without having to “redecorate”.
1. Neutral Flooring
Depending on your location, the standard may be hardwood, tile or carpet. Whichever suits your lifestyle best is fine, just keep it simple, allowing yourself the freedom to switch up your furnishings.
2. Neutral Paint Colours
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good statement wall, saturated in bold colour, more than anyone, but one wall per room is more than enough. One wall is large enough to make a big impact, yet small enough to be changed in an afternoon if you tire of the colour.
4. Neutral Investment Pieces
You’ll only want to incur the cost of large purchases like sofas & beds once. So, make the right choice the first time around. Simple colours, clean lines and quality construction are key. Dress up investment pieces with fun accessories that are easily interchangeable over time.
Neutra, neutral, neutral…
It doesn’t have to be boring. And, it doesn’t have to mean beige! Check outthis post on how to introduce neutral, statement pieces in your home.
White, navy, grey, black, cream & brown are all classic neutrals that will serve you well for years to come.