6 Signs That It Might be Time to Redecorate

published Oct 8, 2017
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There’s no place like home, which is why changing up your home’s decor isn’t just about keeping up with the latest trends—it’s about experiencing the therapeutic benefits that come with breathing new life into a space that houses some very important inhabitants. Whether your bold-patterned rug has lost it’s luster, or one-stop-shop furniture is sucking your soul, identifying your own decor don’ts is never as easy as pointing out others’. If you’re not sure you’re ready to move on, here are six signs it might be time for you to follow the chevron-brick road to find your home a new look.

Your home is slowly starting to resemble the dollar bins at Target

It’s safe to say that once something becomes über trendy, it loses its initial je ne sais quoi and, simultaneously, its monetary value. If you’ve noticed that the discount section at Target (or the sale bin at any department store) is starting to produce a lot of knock-offs of the items in your home, it may be time to “KonMari” them, which goes something like, “caress them gently, sing them a song, throw them in your trunk and forget to take them to the Goodwill until approximately three weeks later”.

Your Pinterest boards look nothing like your home

As humans, our idea of beauty is, not only subjective, but constantly evolving. For example, sometimes what we used to love now makes us cringe and what makes others cringe is our ideal prototype. Pinterest is a great digital representation of this phenomenon. It’s been around long enough that users can literally scroll back through years of inspiration to watch trends they loved gradually come to pass and slowly fade away. If what’s currently trending on your own boards (not someone else’s) is in no way a representation of your current home, take note. Use what’s inspiring you now to inspire your own space, and let go of the old things that no longer bring you joy. By doing this, you’re literally increasing your daily intake of beauty, and, as everyone knows, beauty is like vitamins for your soul. Note: it doesn’t have to be a huge overhaul. Sometimes just painting a few walls and swapping out some textiles is all you need to get to what you’re lusting after.

Newer items are worn/dingy

We love a good patina, but there’s a difference between “aged” and “worn out”. Unless your pieces are functioning antiques, and/or well-made using high-quality materials that can stand some wear, try not to keep them past their prime. If you can’t afford to buy new pieces, try repurposing them, trolling Craigslist for used items, or, if possible, just ditching them altogether. Same goes for walls…if they’re looking dingy, it may be time to rethink your paint color (or even just give them a fresh coat of the same color).

You have rooms made up exclusively of “fast furniture”

Maybe you never quite got settled into your place and have come to accept temporary “fast furniture” pieces as permanent fixtures. If you’ve never heard the term “fast furniture”, it basically refers to very inexpensive-but-functional pieces that are usually made from cheap materials and tend to fall apart quickly. Again, we aren’t suggesting you buy all new things, but nothing feels as temporary and soulless as a room dressed in head-to-toe in well, temporary home goods. Keep an eye out for high-quality replacements and slowly start replacing your fast furniture with the real deal.

You envy literally every other person’s home you enter

First of all, you should always take pride in your home and no one else’s home should ever make you feel less-than. That being said, if you’re constantly finding yourself saying things like, “I wish my home felt as inviting as so-and-sos,” or, “the colors in this home really speak to me,” maybe you could stand to rethink your own decor. Figure out what makes your favorite homes so good and think about how you can recreate that energy in your own space.


Your home doesn’t bring you joy

It’s hard to talk about the therapeutic act of redecorating without paying homage to home-design bible The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Author Marie Kondo’s notion that everything in your home should “spark joy” is something that resonates with most people (approximately 1 bajillion of them, according to book sales). If a personal possession once brought you joy, it doesn’t mean it will light your fire forever, and that’s ok. Thank it for what it once meant to you, and pay it forward. Take a look around your space and think about (or hold in you hands, if you’re going full KonMari) each item you own. If you’re not super into it, it may be time to say your goodbyes.

Remember, you are in control of your destiny. Be brave and take your at-home happiness into your own hands with a little (or a lot of) redecorating. As always, if you’re on a budget, we’ve got you covered. Check out The Broke Person’s Guide to Decorating: The Cheapest, Chicest & Most Effective Tricks.