5 Good Questions To Ask Yourself Before Redecorating A Room

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How are you supposed to know when it’s time to redecorate a room?  Here are 5 good questions to ask yourself before taking the plunge.

With the limitless inspiration available on blogs, Pinterest and Instagram right at our fingertips, trying to figure out when it really is time to redecorate a room can be a hard decision!  Before jumping on the redecorating bandwagon, here are 5 good questions to ask yourself first.

Martha Washington side chairs upholstered with gray and white buffalo check fabric

DINING ROOM BEFORE AND AFTER

How do you know whether or not you’re caught up in the latest and greatest trend or whether or not your spaces really do need an update?  Trends seem to fluctuate on a whim and not very many of us can afford to constantly change our decor.  And sometimes it’s a case of not having the time and or the energy either. It can also be expensive.

Design experts will tell you that you should update your interiors every seven years.  Good grief – as slow as things seem to move around here, I’m doomed.  Ha!

So just how do you know when it’s time to take the plunge?  Ask yourself these questions:

#1  Am I still happy with my room/home?

My guess is that if you’re feeling even vaguely dissatisfied or unsettled with the look of a room, it’s time to make some changes.  Changes can run the gamut from a full-on room makeover to something as simple as changing out the pillows you have displayed on your sofa.  See question #4.

Bedroom with white board and batten feature wall behind headboard.

BUDGET BEDROOM MAKEOVER REVEAL

#2  Does this room still fit my lifestyle and fulfill my daily needs?

It doesn’t matter how beautiful a room may be – if it no longer fulfills your needs on a daily basis, it’s definitely time for a design change.  For example, could that formal living room that never gets used be converted into something functional like a home office?  That’s what I did!

Gray bookcase with diy sliding farmhouse door.

HOME OFFICE BEFORE AND AFTER REVEAL

#3  Why do I have the desire to redecorate?

Is it because I truly think it’s time for some changes or is it because I think everyone else seems to be doing it, so that must mean that I need to do the same thing?  That’s an easy trap to fall into, especially if you spend any time on social media or following home decor blogs.

If you’re feeling influenced by how often we home decor bloggers and social media influencers change our rooms, keep in mind that inspiring you and helping you around your homes is how we make our living.  I think many of us decor enthusiasts would quickly become bored if pictures were constantly posted of the same spaces that never changed.  Don’t you?

Master bedroom design board.

MASTER BEDROOM DESIGN BOARD

#4.  Could I be happy with small changes?

Before taking the plunge, try making some small, budget friendly, non-permanent changes.  Bring in current fabrics in the form of pillows or even curtains.  Swap out art or accessories for something trendier.  Try changing a lamp or two.  Add an area rug or change an existing one.  Don’t forget – for a new look, area rugs can be layered over wall-to-wall carpeting if you think you’re tired of that look.

If that satisfies your craving, then you’re likely not ready to spend the money for a full blown room makeover.

Remodeled kitchen with white shaker cabinets.

BEFORE AND AFTER KITCHEN REMODEL

#5. Do I have the budget for redecorating right now?

Maybe this should have been the #1 good question to ask yourself!  But really – let’s be honest – if after answering all of the above questions, you’ve determined that it really is time to give your room a full makeover, there needs to be a budget for it.  Right?

If the time isn’t quite right budget-wise, go back to question #3.  Try making some of those small design changes and I’ll bet you’ll be much more content in your home while you’re waiting for your wallet to catch up with your desires. 😀

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  1. I re-decorate on a regular basis, it’s a bad habit as my husband would say. I do it because I love new looks and I know that I can change things without spending a million bucks. I don’t think people understand you can go a long want on a small budget and a big imagination! ~Michelle

  2. I try to keep big ticket items neutral so I can change out some accessories seasonally, but when it’s time for a new couch or area rug that’s usually when I’ll paint the walls and change out dated artwork too. When we bought a new iron bed I painted the walls, got new curtains and new bedside lamps. Even though we kept our original dressers and night stands, just getting rid of the king sized cannon ball headboard and footboard updated the look in our bedroom. I view the iron bed as a neutral. I can eventually replace our dated dressers with new pieces as I find them without having to be so “matchy matchy.”

  3. I’m actually redecorating now! I’ve started by doing some diy projects for personal touches and now my fiancé and I are searching for a new living room set…. what a hassle lol but it’s fun!

  4. Lots of great tips! I like to do small redecorating projects to suit my tastes. I’m currently in the midst of redoing one whole room though and it was way past time. Thanks for sharing your tips on Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  5. I loved decorating! these rooms are gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to Small Victories Sunday Link Up!

  6. Great post! I get so excited each week to see what you have been working on because it’s always AMAZING! Thank you for sharing this with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can party!!!! Lou Lou Girls

  7. These are some good tips to follow and the rooms you have used are gorgeous. Great post thank you for sharing it with Share It One More Time. Cathy

  8. Suzy, I just had to click on this post and WOW you with my comment: I’m sure my bedroom has the longest should-have-been-redecorated-ages-ago record. We’ve never moved in decades and it was the first room done. Fortunately, we still love the same furniture we did all those years ago when we invested in it “forever.” But the wallpaper had to come down, and the lighting, hinges, knobs, etc had to be changed. New wall art, bedding and window treatments have given us a brand-new room! Long, long, lonnnnng overdue!

  9. This was great. Thank you!

  10. I just moved into my home a little over 3 months ago and just starting to make it ‘mine.’ Thanks for all the great ideas and tips! I have a big job ahead. 🙂

  11. Great points! I do feel that my home is continually evolving and I never feel the need to “redecorate”. For example, I have always loved painted furniture and have used it for a many years. The basics always stay the same, the room I use a piece in may change, but by keeping things I love, the “redecorating” is limited to (usually) accessories. I love that you say we need to make our homes OURS.

  12. Every seven years! That is NOT going to happen in my world either, so I like to pick timeless larger purchases, and limit the trends to knick nicks and paint colors.

  13. I love to redecorate and change things around, but my husband is the stickler. I have recently re-painted some rooms to make a better flow. Now I am looking for wall decor, so your post comes in handy. I hate to put up all the same things in the same places. Thanks for the inspiration

  14. Thank you for the good advice about asking myself the reason I want to do updates. I really appreciate all the pictures of the rooms. They are inspiring.

  15. All your rooms are beautiful, but I especially love your white kitchen. It’s so elegant! You’ve offered some great tips in regards to redecorating. Many thanks.

  16. I have been reading your blog for a few years . Enjoying it very much if not would have stop reading it.
    Amused at reading that electric cords showing in your photos disturb you or other small things like that. The cords just exist
    We do have very simiilar taste and I do appreciate that.

  17. ROSELLEN SIEBENTHAL says:

    I never thought about calling it re-decorate when I change things around, I just thought it was because I was a Gemini and I have to change things all the time?????
    I truly enjoy looking at your home, such beautiful ideas.
    I would love to know about you floors. I need to lay down flooring and I like the color of your floors. Can you tell me the color, brand, does it wear well?
    I have 4 dogs who live here, they own the home, I just pay the mortgage.
    Thanks, and keep inspiring…

    1. Our floors are white oak wood – not laminate and not engineered/pre-finished. Part of our home already had hardwoods, but when we did the whole house remodel, we replaced the carpet and vinyl in some areas with more hardwood. All of it had to be sanded and refinished. The stain that we used is Minwax Special Walnut and then the floors are sealed with two or three coats of polyurethane. I have two small dogs and it holds up fine with them. Hope this helps!

  18. Susan in SC says:

    Back in the day, (lol), in design school. a well designed room should last ten years. I supposed with social media, we are exposed to great new things everyday, so keeping a room that long seems impossible! However, I find that the older I get the less inclined I am to change things. I prefer to have new experiences instead of new things.?
    Great post!