Have you ever not bought that beautiful apple green, or turquoise, or pink, or fill in the blank color of paint, because some future buyer might not like the color of your bathroom? What about that quirky ceiling fixture? What about that large piece of art that caught your eye? Are you afraid to paint your kitchen cabinets, because the next people who live there might be upset that you painted their oak?
You need to decorate for the people who are living in your house NOW.
Think about it...do professionals create beautiful rooms for people who will live there after their clients move, or do they create beautiful rooms for their clients who are living there right now? They design for the people who are living there now. And that's what we should do too.
So why are we decorating our houses for the next people who will live there, instead of making our homes a place that is comfortable for us and that reflects who we are? I don't know either, except that we've been programmed to think about adding to the resale value. In the back of our minds, we make every decorating decision based on what's going to help our homes sell.
We see an idea we like in a blog or a magazine or on television, and we get all excited. "That's gorgeous! That would be perfect for my bedroom. I want to do that!" We study it, we plan it, we even go out and look at paint chips and pillows. Then our shoulders slump. "I can't do that in my bedroom, because the next people might not like it."
Here's what I have to say about the next people who are going to live here: "I don't like their style. It doesn't fit the way my family lives. And if the next people don't like my style, too bad. They don't live here. I do. And I'm going to decorate it the way that makes me happy."
Down the road, IF we decide to sell, then we can modify our decor and repaint the rooms in a color that appeal to potential buyers. But until that time, potential buyers are not living in our homes, and we have to decorate for who's living there now. Us!