Graham & Brown

A lifetime of DIY and decorating tots up a total of £13,000

12th December, 2012 in Home & Garden

The average British homeowner spends more than £13,000 decorating their home over their lifetime- research shows that the typical cost of redecorating is around £200, which over a lifetime adds up to about as much as a brand new small car.

Television shows and friends’ homes are now the biggest inspiration for a design reshuffle.

The study of 1,927 adults also found many regularly tire of seeing the same old décor, and opt to change the lounge or kitchen most frequently.

More than half of those polled admitted they only focus their efforts on rooms they spend a lot of time in.

Mark Radford, Design & Marketing Director for Graham & Brown, who carried out the study, said:

”For those people who spend a lot of time in the house, it can get boring staring at the same four walls every day.

”So it stands to reason that on a regular basis people like to make changes to the interior of their homes.

”It is great to reinvent rooms in your house, it is amazing the transformation a lick of paint or newly hung wallpaper can make.

”Subtle changes don’t have to cost the earth, and sprucing things up every 12 months or so will ensure we keep our homes stylish and on trend.”

The study also found that four out of ten felt ‘forced’ to revamp rooms which were tired and worn out.

When it comes to inspiration for transforming a room, one in ten people will see something they like on television and attempt to copy it- the same percentage often admire décor in other people’s homes and want to replicate the same style in their own home.

It usually costs at least £220.62 each time the house is crying out for a revamp- which equates to a lifetime decorating total of £13,347.51.

Eight in ten of those polled admitted once a room has been adorned with new furnishings or decked out with new drapery and décor, they are generally happy with the final result.

When it comes to being adventurous with a room, the study shows people aren’t afraid to experiment with bright and vivid colours.

One fifth have put up yellow paint or wallpaper, while one in ten have had either pink or orange walls.

However, a surprising four in ten have redecorated a room in exactly the same colour as before – simply to keep things clean and presentable.

Mark Radford continued:

”It is funny how trends come and go and now the resurgence of patterned wallpapers are now really making a come back

”Whether you re-paper one feature wall or the whole room it can make the most boring of rooms bang up to date and exciting once again.

”Brits are known for embracing and loving their DIY, and decorating isn’t something you need help with.”

The study also shows that one fifth of Brits will choose to update their homes if they have a special event coming up,such as a Birthday party or Christening.

When making the decision to decorate, in two thirds of households the woman of the house usually decides when and which room needs doing.

47% of people admitt they would redecorate more often if they had more money and time.

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