Why are Brit homeowners embarrassed by their décor?
By Ellen Bowers | 17th May 2017
Are Brits no longer house proud? Tepilo looks at research which suggests many homeowners are unhappy with their décor and interiors.
In Britain, we are a house-proud nation obsessed with home ownership and all things property.
However, new research has revealed that many of us are secretly embarrassed by our home décor and interiors.
A survey conducted by The House & Garden Festival, a four day event held at Olympia London in late June, has revealed that nearly three-quarters (71%) of people in the UK are left blushing by what their home looks like inside, with more than one in five admitting they are so embarrassed they choose to ban guests from entering their home altogether.
What’s more, one in ten of those surveyed said that when it’s impossible to avoid hosting family and friends, they opt to entertain them outdoors instead, in the garden or on the terrace/balcony.
What is the solution to these issues? Well, it seems obvious, doesn’t it? If you don’t like your interiors or décor, change them. However, in many of these cases, it may be perfectionism coming into play – most of us are never quite happy with the look and feel of our homes, forever tinkering, improving, enhancing, changing and adding new things to try and satisfy our overly critical eyes. While we may be self-conscious and secretly embarrassed about our home décor and interiors, others may not notice. There will be, more often than not, nothing to actually worry about.
In some cases, of course, décor will need to be changed – if it’s tired, worn, shabby or in need of a fresh lick of paint. If you’re selling your home now or in the future and want to appeal to the widest range of prospective buyers, your décor and interiors should be light, neutral and subtle. Garish, gaudy or ultra-bright décor, by contrast, will hold little appeal. If your décor is too quirky, niche or offbeat, it would be a wise move to change this if you want to improve your chances of selling.
The research showed in clear detail the constant desire by homeowners to change and improve their interiors, with nearly one in 10 always on the lookout for new home décor ideas, snooping around the homes of friends and families for things to inspire them. Many fancy themselves when it comes to interior design, too, with some 29% of people eager to master the skill of picture-perfect interior styling.
Despite this, most people are put off improving, refreshing and enhancing their interiors – something that would help them fall back in love with their homes - by the hassle of getting all the necessary tools from the shops that would be needed for a revamp (24%), while 14% said a lack of ideas and knowledge of latest design trends is putting them off. In previous blogs, we’ve taken a look at some of the trends that may be ‘in’ for 2017 – ranging from Hygge and Lagom to satin brass, marble and greenery – so that may help to give hesitant homeowners a helping hand.
Another reason for long-term procrastination is indecision and a lack of suitable products – whether that be the wrong kind of paint, the wrong kind of wallpaper or the wrong type of furnishings – which is once again stopping people from taking decisive steps.
While the vast majority of homeowners are very house-proud and take great care with their décor and home interior choices, the above research suggests that many are still not happy and feel rather stuck in a rut – keen to make changes, but lacking inspiration, time, ideas and the will to journey around a number of different shops for the necessary items needed to update tired or not quite right décor.
Of course, our homes are where we spend a lot of our time and we need to feel comfortable in them – as well as being proud of the décor inside. If you’re selling a home, it becomes even more important to be house-proud. If you don’t love your home, and don’t sell its virtues well enough, prospective buyers are highly likely to notice.
No home is ever going to be 100% perfect, and many of us have high expectations for our décor and interiors that are never likely to be met, but a warm, bright, welcoming and well-balanced home will have far more appeal to buyers than one which is too eccentric or niche. Tailoring décor to individual buyers is nigh-on impossible, but all the evidence suggests that light, neutral tones and a contemporary, 21st century style have the most appeal.
It’s also important to remember that this is just one bit of research. Others may have entirely different findings, with people much more in love with their homes and less embarrassed (secretly or otherwise) by their décor or interiors.
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