Ever had people in your life insinuate that you shouldn’t buy new homewares, that it’s wasteful, and that you need to appreciate the existing pieces you already own? Those people don’t really know what they’re talking about – and here’s why.
Yes, Seasonal Decorating is a Must
I know there might be those of you (or those around you) who wonder why seasonal decorating is necessary. I mean, can’t you just have the same decor all-year-round? The short answer is yes, you could. But I believe that this approach will have a negative impact on how you feel long-term.
I’m a firm believer in rotating homewares and breathing new life into your space each season. I don’t completely redecorate every three months, but more of an Autumn/Winter drop and then a Spring/Summer rejuvenation. On top of that, I buy affordable decor as it takes my fancy. As long as it works with my existing scheme I don’t see the harm in it.
For me, this approach to decorating keeps my budget relatively intact, but also allows me to feel that the rooms of my home are a little new and improved every six months or so. And if you are budget conscious, I find that by keeping your larger furniture pieces in neutral colours, you can change up the smaller items in your home without breaking the bank. It’s a winning philosophy if you ask me.
Warm vs Cool Colours
I like to redecorate with the seasons because there are colours and textures that feel cooler while others are definitely considered warmer, so to me it makes perfect sense to change up your homewares pieces according to the change in weather.
The concept of warm and cool colours is not a conspiracy dreamt up my the furniture and homewares industry to get you to buy new decor. It’s a very real thing. Colour psychology exists and there’s a lot we can learn from it. In fact, when I’m working with clients on home decorating projects, I’m referring to colour psychology all the time, and it has a profound impact on how you feel in a space.
This is why redecorating – especially introducing new colours into your home – is incredibly important, and the change in seasons is a good time to do it.
Above I said that keeping the same decor year-on-year will have a negative impact on your life, and I truly believe this. It might not feel that way for people who aren’t into design or decor, but if you are house proud, and if you do feel emotionally connected to your home, it makes sense for it to evolve over time – just as you do.
“For me, it’s imperative that you surround yourself with beautiful things that make you feel happy and inspired – and regular decor updates play a large part in this.”
We are Always Evolving
A home is a reflection of who you are. And who you are changes. Your surroundings should too! One of my mantras is that good design can be life-changing, and I swear by it. So for anyone to insinuate that it’s unnecessary to update your home and tweak your decor to make you happy and reflect where you are in life, is just plain wrong. And I often find that it’s these sorts of people who have homes that don’t reflect who they truly are.
Where you wake up each day, and the things that exist around you, have an profound effect on how you approach the everyday. So for me, it’s imperative that you surround yourself with beautiful things that make you feel happy and inspired – and regular decor updates play a large part in this.
And to those who suggest that this decor consumption is wasteful, let it be known that I rarely throw old homewares out. The pieces I tire of go into my decor cupboard/s, to be brought out at a later date.
Call me a hoarder, but I can rarely cope with chucking out anything homewares-related. It stays locked up for a while and I bring it out when I get bored and can’t afford anything new (more on that here).
What are your thoughts on seasonal decorating and updating your home’s decor regularly? Do you agree with my philosophy? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.