Preparing to renovate your home? Get ready to rejuvenate your life! As so many homeowners discover, once faded paint is stripped away or worn carpeting is peeled back, things that were ignored or unattended to suddenly appear, and the journey begins to restore a once loved place of comfort back to its former joyous state.
Just like a human makeover, redefining one’s home takes effort, patience, love, and time. Before the smallest change can be made, there must be a thought process so personal that the big picture may change several times before the final results appear in just the manner you imagined. The process reminds us that making changes in your home can run parallel to changes you need in your life.
For those who have the means to redo an entire residence, kudos to you. That would translate into the ability to pay a topnotch designer to use the highest-quality fabrics, furniture, and facades. If the redesign entails an entire home makeover, you may even need to move out and live elsewhere until the big reveal. But for most homeowners with more modest means, the process involves renovating one room at a time. As in life, one personal change at a time leads to the next in physical appearance as well as state of mind. Color, tone, amenities, and surroundings all take part in the restaging of one’s environment, while casting your own life for the role you were meant to play.
If that all sounds a bit ambiguous, perhaps it’s because renovation means something different to everyone. While money can buy things fresh and new, those old throwaways just might be the treasures you really want to keep – in your home and in your heart. Let’s take that list of change makers and see what renovations can be made to contribute to your pursuit of happiness.
Color. One of the first things people change in their homes is the paint on the walls. Your choice of color will determine how you’ll feel when you enter the area. Blue, the color of water and sky, is a favorite for guest rooms to bring about a sense of trust, peace, and calm. Shades of red may be chosen for rooms to exude energy, excitement, passion, or even to create a lasting first impression. Yellow, the color of sunshine, graces many kitchens and invites in conversation, communication, and warmth.
Tone. One of the most important changes you can make involves setting the tone of your home. It’s the character of your place that makes a visitor express, upon entering through your front door, “I feel right at home!” Is it cluttered or does it feel open and inviting? Are there articles of beauty in the hall or piles of meaningless objects? Does the ambiance of the entrance smile at you, or do you feel threatened? These are cordial intangibles that only you, not a decorator, can create.
Amenities. This is not in reference to things, but rather points to the pleasantries you bring to those you invite into your home. You may have gotten lazy over the years regarding courtesy preparedness for unexpected guests. That’s reason enough to redesign your hospitality (physical appearances are only part of a renovation – how you bring your home to life is up to you). An offering of tea, coffee, or a cocktail. Guiding someone to sit in the most comfortable chair in the room. Pulling out a soft pashmina for an elder to drape over their lap. Using fine china or popping champagne just to celebrate mid-day friendship.
Surroundings. Don’t get carried away with the trend of minimalism. Heirlooms and things of quality still sing of tradition and history which you should share, not hide or discard. Timepieces that have traveled with you throughout your life carry memories that have meaning only for you – so fondly keep them. Rid yourself of pieces that are reminders of unpleasant times, and hold close those that make you smile.
Every one of these home renovation ideas translates to a rejuvenated you, and not just because you’ve enhanced your home. Take the list above and after using the tips on your home, apply them to yourself and see what happens, while giving it your undivided effort, patience, love, and time. The colors you wear to showcase your mood; the tone you choose to affect those you meet; the amenities you take the time to share (a handshake, a hug, or a smile); and the people you choose to surround yourself with.
With every redesign, enjoy the rewards of impeccable planning – inside and out!
Abella Carroll is a freelance writer