Ignore those silly home shows. You bought your house to make it yours, not someone elses. Who cares what people think? That’s what I’ve been telling myself lately. Why? Well, after several years in our fixer upper, we’ve figured out that we can’t afford the type of upgrades recommended by the pros. What we can do is personalize our home so we feel comfortable in it. After all, isn’t that the whole point of owning your own home? Here’s a few unconventional ideas we’ll be incorporating soon. Maybe they’ll give you some ideas too.
Adding more bright, bold colors.
Home shows always tell us to use neutral colors. Why should we if we don’t plan to re-sell soon? For that matter, aren’t there buyers who might enjoy a colorful home as well? We won’t paint our rooms pink with purple polka dots. We will, however, fill our southwestern home with bright colors. Why not? It’s our home, right? It should make us happy. Your home should make you happy too. If you like neutral colors, that’s fine. If not, you should paint and decorate to suit your tastes. Paint is inexpensive and expressive. Have fun with it. If you decide to sell, it’s cheap enough to re-paint.
Using our own art-work to decorate.
There’s nothing wrong with Picasso and Degas if you can afford their work. As for us, we know our limits. We also like to proudly display the works of ourselves and our family members, right down to the grade school drawings on the fridge. We have big plans for some wall murals. In the meantime, we have photography and art made by loved ones all over the house. You can do the same. Do it tastefully or not. It’s your home. Make it a reflection of yourself and your family.
Embracing our inner hippie children.
For many years, I collected tapestries and such with a hippie child theme. I kept them in my closet not knowing what to do them. I bought into the whole home show idea of keeping things tasteful. After all, I don’t want people making fun of my crazy taste, right? Well, no more. We plan to release our inner hippie in our décor. It’ll mix well with our bright southwestern walls. You may not be a hippie. Maybe you’re into the middle eastern look or brightly colored pop art. You should come home to what you love, not what impresses someone else.
Re-finishing wood floors with a twist.
We have beautiful old hardwoods in our fixer upper. Well, they’re not beautiful yet. They will be though. We can’t have normal hardwood floors. That’s just not us. A few years back, the grand-kids and I refinished a wood table using an interesting technique. We stripped and sanded it. Then, we streaked bright acrylic paint colors randomly throughout the wood grain. We finished by coating it with polyurethane. It was absolutely beautiful. We plan to do something similar with our wood floors. Why make your wood floors look like everyone elses? They should be unique, just like you.
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