If you are a Baby Boomer, Empty Nester or over 50 then more than likely you have raised your family. My husband and I are right there with you. Your children might be in college or have started a life of their own. So, we are now embracing a new lifestyle when the children are grown. For many of us we have delayed any renovations to our homes. But, with our children out of the house we can re-examine the use of space and create an all new interior design.
Now is the time to reclaim your home and find new uses for spaces that you have. Let’s look at several ways to renovate or refresh our home.
Evaluate Your Lifestyle
Take time to evaluate your lifestyle. I think it is important to consider your daily activities at this point in your life. Are you still working? Are you retired or about to retire? Do you enjoy traveling throughout the year? Will the children/grandchildren be visiting on a regular basis? I think all of these are things to take into consideration as you look to make your new found space fit your new lifestyle. It is your turn to be comfortable and have a home that reflects your current life.
Remove Unused Items
Now that you have evaluated the spaces in your home it is time to remove any unused items. Usually this involves cleaning out children’s bedrooms, a game room or even a basement. Ask your children if they would like their trophies, posters, pictures-all the things that made the room theirs for years. For many parents this is a difficult task but it is now time to create new memories in your home.
Once the clutter is removed, it is time to decide if the space will be transformed into something else or simply retain the same function. For example, your child’s bedroom; will it be used as a guest bedroom when friends or family visit or will you transform it into the home office you have always wanted? You may also decide to transform your dining room into an updated version with a smaller dining table and new chairs with clean simple lines.
Adding New Personality
Now that you have cleaned out your spaces it is time to add new personality to each of them. Now the fun begins! I usually suggest a new coat of paint. There is nothing that will refresh a room more quickly than paint. Consider a new color palette; something soft and neutral. Gray or earth tones work well.
Now that the walls are painted you can bring in new furniture and accessories. Maybe the family room sofa is worn out after 20 years of having the family sit and lay on it. Add a few new chairs or a coffee table or ottoman. In a bedroom you may want a not only a new bed but new bedding as well.
Make sure to add a little color and texture to each newly transformed space. It adds interest and keeps everything from blending in. A great way to add pops of color is through new bedding, pillows and even art. You may also want to consider new lighting for your space. Could you have can lights installed or maybe a new table or floor lamp. Feel free to play around with accessories on shelves or counters. I am sure there will be things you have collected over the years that you will want to incorporate and that is very important. Your home should reflect your story and a life well lived.
Your newly created space should be elegant yet classic in an understated way that reflects your new lifestyle. When you walk through the door you should feel happy and truly love being home. It should be a place that is tailored to fit your unique needs. Relax and enjoy! You deserve it.
Until next time,