I’m sure this is a normal feeling, but I’m feeling lots of self-induced pressure to know everything about the next house. Specifically how it will be decorated. On one hand, it makes sense. If you’re going to hire someone to come out and just paint everything, it’s certainly logical to have picked the ‘final’ colors for each room. Otherwise, you’ll just have to paint again. Waste of time and money.
If you’re wanting to get new carpet, you might as well get it all at once so that you can get a better deal AND so that you can get new carpet installed when there isn’t any furniture to have to navigate around. Seems wise, right?
Except, I don’t know if I want carpet in the ‘toy room’ (really supposed to be a formal living room, but we’ll make it a toy room). Carpet isn’t exactly child friendly and I adore the look and ease of the wood floors that we have now. So if I’m going to get wood floors in that room, maybe I’ll get wood floors in the kitchen. After all, the rooms are right next to each other.
But what if I’m going to want tile in the kitchen instead? Tile is a nice look (so pinterest tells me). Is it more expensive than wood floors? And I haven’t made any decisions on what I’m going to do with the kitchen cabinets. I don’t like the style of them, so I’ve thought about getting new doors for them. But will I do painted doors or wood doors? If I do paint them (off white? gray?), will that affect what I want for flooring?
And what if I don’t really want carpet in the family room? If the kitchen is going to be wood floors and the toy room is going to be wood floors, maybe I should just keep everything “downstairs” wood floors? That would like nice.
Money isn’t unlimited either. Since we aren’t living there yet, I can’t get semi-decent measurements. And I can’t let in professionals to give me design ideas or price quotes. We can handle spending $20,000 in house upgrades, but not all at once. Spread over 2-3 years, that’s doable.
But I’m not prepared to make these kinds of flooring decisions yet. I’d still like to identify what I think the final room colors will be so that I can have someone else doing my painting. The idea of me painting being 9 months pregnant (which I’ll be when we move in) doesn’t appeal to me. The idea of me painting with a newborn and an 18-month-old doesn’t appeal to me. The idea of shoving furniture into the middle of each room-by-room doesn’t appeal to me. And I feel reasonably confident that I can pick colors that I’ll be happy with. I can always add decorative touches later – stripes around a wall, some board and batten maybe.
So finally I relinquished the idea that I had to know right now what the house was going to look like in 2 years. So I’m officially post-poning making any decisions on flooring for a while. Let me live there, meet the house’s personality, THEN I’ll decide.
It’s another case of where my head gets ahead of me.