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5 Signs Your Home Needs a Makeover

What should you watch for aside from peeling paint and unmanageable clutter?


Do you notice peeling paint in one of the bedrooms? How many times have you tried to rearrange your furniture? Are you constantly dealing with clutter in the different areas of the home? If you’ve answered YES to any (or all) of these questions, it might be the time to give your home a makeover.

To help you check if it’s really time for a big change, we asked Real Living’s makeover designers – interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino and design consultant Grace Moslares for the top 5 signs that you need to watch out for at home. 

The space no longer meets your needs.

Do you feel like your furniture is taking too much space – making your home feel cluttered and disorganized? Hannah shares that it’s time for a makeover when you realize that the space does not address the functional requirements that it should perform.

Aside from taking into consideration spatial concerns, function and overall look should be also be kept in mind. “This might be felt on all the major spaces of our home such as bedrooms – especially if your children are already in high school or college yet their rooms still have the vibe of a kids’ room. Changing the furniture pieces and painting the room with the right set of colors can do the trick,” shares Grace.

Having problems dealing with a limited floor space? Hannah shares these tips:

  • Rearrange your furniture and consider taking some pieces out to give you more room.
  • Consider a new layout for your space. Designate areas within the home where you can do different activities. You may add furniture pieces and other furnishings to separate one area from another.

Click here to view this makeover.

Clutter is becoming unmanageable.

Tips on how to avoid clutter and keeping things organized are two of the most popular topics on our website. This is not surprising as we’re sure that aside from wanting a comfortable home, we also want a space that’s clean and free from pests. However due to our work commitments and other chores, we sometimes tend to forget to clear out clutter.

Unfortunately, clutter can affect us physically and psychologically. “If there is clutter everywhere, we get confused or irritable – especially when we can’t find what we’re looking for. We may also develop allergies and even slip or fall,” Hannah explains.

Clutter trouble at home? Take note of these quick tips:

  • Buy only the things that you need and discard items that you no longer need and cannot be recycled.
  • Do some cleaning and fixing. You don’t necessarily have to buy new things. De-clutter, sort, clean, arrange, and maintain.

Click here to view this makeover.

Damages are becoming more apparent.

Yes, you’ve fixed a roof leak and did a recent paint job in one of the rooms – but have you surveyed the condition of the entire house? Hannah shares that damages are inevitable in areas with high foot traffic. Be on the lookout for leaks, clogging, plumbing problems, and broken furniture. Make sure you always check the living area, bathroom, and kitchen for these problems.

Meanwhile, Grace suggests looking at the “shell” of the home. “The shell are your walls, floor, and ceiling. If the walls are unclean and dark or if paint and the wallpaper are peeling off and if there are damages caused by leaks, it’s time for a makeover,” she explains. It’s important to note that these items are considered as the basic elements of the house and must be dealt with to be able to achieve a beautiful home.

Click here to view this makeover.

You no longer feel inspired and motivated.

If you’ve been living in your home for more than two years and you haven’t changed its look even once, chances are, you’ll be feeling a bit bored with your space.

Aside from not seeing anything new, dirty flooring and crevices, dark colors, and dull walls can make you feel sad. To be able to feel inspired again, having a pleasant space to come home to can do the trick. You can mix things up by changing your curtains, pillows, and adding a couple of décor pieces.

Click here to view this makeover.

Your space lacks harmony.

“Hodgepodge isn’t eclectic. There are no specific rules to eclecticism except that it should be tempered by basic principles of design involving balance and using the correct scale and proportion,” Hannah shares. While we’d love to have a unique home that showcases the things we love, we don’t want it to look like a haven in disarray. Hannah suggests mixing the old with the new and experimenting with a play of colors, patterns, and textures. Just make sure to balance everything out with the basic principles of design.

Click here to view this makeover.

We all want a well-organized home that cozy and comfortable. Aside from taking note of these signs, it’s important to consider the inputs of your family as well. “If you feel that your family would rather eat out every day or if you think that quality time at home isn’t there anymore, maybe it’s time for a home makeover. Our home would always be where our happiness is and it reflects our personalities,” shares Grace.

Are you ready for a home makeover? Join the 2015 Ultimate Makeover contest and get a chance to win a free home makeover from the Real Living team in partnership with Handyman, Boysen, JamesHardie, and Robinsons Department Store. Click here for the complete mechanics.

Got questions about your home? Get in touch with interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino at 0917-897-1363 and design consultant Grace Moslares at 0927-715-1393.

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