As soon as a new building is finished it’s deteriorating, i.e wearing down. Structurally, the life expectancy of buildings like residential property, particularly those built with wooden frames is at least a hundred years.
However, that’s the structural component not everything else, like the cladding, interior walls, tiles, fixtures, fittings and appliances. You can expect these items to need replacement a lot more often.
Cladding and internal walls may last fifty years, fixtures and fittings used every day along with appliances may last ten years before there are obvious signs of wear and tear.
Add Your Own Style
New homeowners generally look for parts of the home they can change. Property renovation projects are an opportunity to replace tired furnishings like flooring, and fittings and also add your style and personality to the property. It’s not until you’ve changed something in the home do you really ‘feel’ that it’s truly your home.
While most homeowners don’t want to purchase a complete ‘do up’ i.e. a property in need of a major renovation, they will want to tinker so even the homes that have been renovated to sell, they too may not quite satisfy the new homeowner’s visual requirements.
Adding your own style to any home can be done with colour and while the home is yours, the choice of colour is entirely a decision of your making. However, (there’s always a however or a ‘but’) if you want to remain on friendly terms with the neighbours elect a neutral colour for the exterior and if required use a bold trim and you’ll please everyone.
Neutral colour schemes are preferred today for exteriors and interiors. Some homes look austere but it’s the trend of the day however, it won’t be long before bold colour returns like the pastels of the 1950s and 1960s.
Shades of Grey
Have you noticed how the colour ‘grey’ or ‘shades of grey‘ is prevalent in new home build developments?
Grey is the ‘go-to’ colour for exteriors and adding your own touch of colour to the exterior is a bold decision however it can be done by choosing a coloured door nonetheless.
George Clarke from of The Restoration Man and Amazing Places fame says colour in the home really does reflect the homeowner’s personality. George is a product ambassador for Truedor composite doors and in his contribution to their blog he says don’t be afraid to make bold colour decisions in your home, starting with your front door.
Popular door colours are shades of grey, purples and blues with black and white also popular choices.
The colour black will never go out of style and it suggests strength, power, and timelessness.
White is a very common colour in homes and front doors. It is a simple but neutral colour that offers a clean feel to a property. White used throughout the house offers a fresh ‘light’ feel and natural brightness, it’s also the best contrast colour to show off darker shades of the ever-popular grey.
Blue is also a colour that is very common in homes and gives that calming feel. It has long been known for exuding trust and stability. Similar to many other colours in the list, it has been timeless and remains as popular as ever. It is also another great way of upgrading a property through the use of colour.
Brown has long been used as a popular colour as a front door to give that robust and secure feeling. It is also now being used in the home as it gives a minimalist feel and is perfect as a core colour as it can work with many other colours. An example is a dark brown with white, which together can instantly enhance the feel of a room with brightness and that modern look.
Purple is also a colour that is becoming more commonly used, especially with front doors, as it offers a real modern feel. It is a rich colour and adds personality to a property, making it stand out from the rest of the crowd. Purple as a colour speaks volumes and can also be added to many neutral colours such as white.
Homeowners keen to add their style to a home can do so with colour. It’s not just interior decorating where colour can make a difference. Just making subtle choices like a bold coloured door can reflect your personality yet keep you on good terms with the neighbours!
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