Happiness is a Pinterest-worthy home, says survey
DRESSING our homes is more important to our self-worth than dressing ourselves, according to new research from home loan lender, ME.
According to ME’s House Proud Survey:
• 76 per cent said the style of their home was important to their happiness and individuality compared to only 46 per cent who said the same about their personal dress style
• 62 per cent said they put time effort and money into styling their home compared to 40 per cent who made the same investment in their personal dress style.
The only group less obsessed was renters, with 59 per cent of that group reporting they put less effort into styling their homes because they rent while 54 per cent of renters said they don’t spend money on styling because that money could be put toward buying a home of their own.
Not being able to afford the home of your dreams may be contributing to the obsession, with 44 per cent of all respondents stating they spent more on styling their home to compensate for living in a home below their expectations.
Also, according to ME’s survey, when it comes to styling:
• 83 per cent style cheaply at low-cost retailers to keep costs down
• 37 per cent have regretted spending too much money on furnishings in the past
• 36 per cent are regularly buying new furnishings to improve the style of their home’s living spaces
• 26 per cent felt pressure to style their home, and of those 69 per cent said it was because their home is an extension of their personality
Small furniture was the priority, followed by 2) big furniture, 3) dinnerware and kitchenware, 4) manchester, 5) plants, 6) lighting, 7) carpets and rugs, 8) outdoor entertaining items, 9) window dressings. Art was given the lowest priority.
ME money expert, Matthew Read, said based on these results, what Australians are seeing in the mirror is less important than the mirror itself.
“Whether you think it’s misplaced or not, the finding is a sure sign of the importance of ‘property status’ among many Australians.
“While there’s nothing wrong with styling your home, it can involve emotional purchases and with a third of respondents regretting spending too much it’s important to stay objective.
“Furnishings can be expensive so a good strategy can be to get it right the first time.
“Consulting with an interior designer and setting up a master plan can avoid costly styling mistakes.”