Ren­o­vat­ing your home

Just as cloth­ing trends change, so too, does home decor.

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Gone are the days where the mus­tard and brown tones of flo­ral wall­pa­per were deemed mod­ern, yet, they prob­a­bly still ex­ist in your home some­where. Is it through lack of time, money or knowl­edge that you haven’t updated your home’s decor? What­ever the rea­son, now is the time to get dec­o­rat­ing. You’re 50 and you should have a home you are proud to in­vite your friends and fam­ily to. Roll up your sleeves, get out the paint­brushes and home de­sign mag­a­zines and re­mem­ber the say­ing ‘less is more’. While you pre­pare your rooms for paint­ing, it is now your chance to re­move the clut­ter that takes up so much space in your house. Those or­na­ments and dec­o­ra­tions may have sen­ti­men­tal value but they can also have sen­ti­men­tal value in a box un­der your bed. The ‘ best mum’ mugs your child made 30 years ago, and the ‘best grandma’ book­mark from your grand­chil­dren. The clut­ter and mis­matched items have to go, and it’s time for a fresh new look. Steer away from paint and wall­pa­per colours that will strain the eye and ask your­self; “If I put my house up for sale, would peo­ple be put off by my choices?” If you have to think about this ques­tion, then back away from the yel­lows and pinks and think about neu­tral tones. They are safe, clean, tidy and mod­ern. If neu­tral tones on their own aren’t enough for you, then con­sider a beau­ti­ful fea­ture wall of ei­ther tex­tured paint or a vi­brant wall­pa­per. But re­mem­ber, vi­brant wall­pa­per should be used only for the fea­ture wall, not the en­tire room. But what is a neu­tral tone? Neu­tral tones are colours that go with any­thing. They are nei­ther here nor there. Whether it be mush­room, beige, off-white, taupe, ivory, grey, they all look fan­tas­tic in any home and are the foun­da­tion for a fan­tas­tic new home ren­o­va­tion. By now, your walls will be look­ing fresh and fan­tas­tic, but what about your car­pet? De­pend­ing on the age of your car­pet, stains, dust, an­i­mal hair and other un­pleas­ant sub­stances may be har­bour­ing un­der the sur­face, un­touch­able by your vac­uum cleaner. Re­plac­ing your car­pet to com­pli­ment the walls is the next thing to con­sider and can bring an en­tirely new lease of life to your prop­erty. Dark car­pets such as a smoky grey, flecked fawn or charo­cal will match your walls fault­lessly and will add value to your prop­erty with min­i­mal ef­fort and money spent. Houses built in to­day’s age have the same car­pet throughout, mak­ing it cheaper and more pleas­ing to the eye. Houses built dur­ing the 1970’s or even be­fore, tend to have dif­fer­ent car­pet for each room – most of which are pat­terned – and it can make a room ap­pear smaller, darker and even give the ap­pear­ance of un­tidi­ness. By re­plac­ing the car­pet with the same hue throughout, your liv­ing spa­ces and bed­rooms will ap­pear larger. The trick to re­ju­ve­nat­ing your home is un­der­stand­ing what the cur­rent mar­ket dic­tates and what prospec­tive buy­ers are look­ing for should you ever de­cide to sell. Your walls are painted, your car­pet is laid, now all that’s left to do is fur­nish!

group of friends? Or even take an or­gan­ised tour with a travel com­pany? Who you share this amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with makes all the dif­fer­ence but the main thing is that you en­joy your­self. Your cho­sen des­ti­na­tion is also right up there in terms of im­por­tance. Think about your abil­i­ties. Are you up for ad­ven­ture? What are you plan­ning on do­ing while you’re away? If re­lax­ing in the sun comes to mind then an is­land in the pa­cific is sure to meet all your needs. Or is it snow you’re af­ter? How’s Switzer­land sit with you? What about a boat cruise? Or even through the coun­try-side on a train? The places to visit and ex­plore are end­less, and there is sure to be one that catches your eye and steals your heart. It’s all about a fresh ex­pe­ri­ence with no fear and age never be­ing a bar­rier.

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