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