Most of us are goal oriented in some way, whether we realize it or not. Maybe the goal is to lose weight or get a degree. Perhaps it’s buy a new car or go on a special trip. Dreaming, believing and achieving goals gives purpose to our lives, gets things done and keeps us moving forward.
One dream of many homeowners is to “finish” decorating their home. You’d think that would be a reasonable goal! While we work hard to help make that dream a reality, the reality is your home is never truly done.
But, don’t despair! It’s not like there aren’t other elusive goals in life. Is raising a child ever really a finished proposition? Is your goal weight ever really permanent? Some goals in life are constantly changing out of desire or necessity. With ever evolving personal tastes and new trends in decor, your home is constantly in a state of change as it adapts to your family’s current lifestyle.
There are a few things you can do to help give your home a “finished” feeling even though it might never really be done.
1- Choose fixtures and finishes with ‘staying’ power. Rather than buying the latest and greatest, choose tried and true. If it’s trendy now, chances are it’s going to have a short lifespan in the arc of decor. Be happy with the fact that no matter what you choose, trends in home decor, as with fashion, are usually cyclical. If you wait long enough, old becomes new again.
2- While seemingly boring, neutral wall colors like creams, beiges, taupes, and greiges stand the test of time and changing tastes. Swapping out colorful accents like rugs, pillows, artwork and window fashions is much easier than painting walls.
3- Along the same line as neutral wall colors, invest in upholstered furniture featuring neutrally colored and patterned fabrics. Nothing dates upholstery faster than trendy colors or patterns (think paisley). As with walls, you can always add punch to your ‘Plain Jane’ sofas and chairs with more trendy throw pillows and throws.
No matter what, embrace the fact that your home’s decor is always in a state of flux. It can provide stability during times of great change in your personal life. And it can give you the perfect opportunity to express your unique style when change is desired.
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