New Research Reveals UK's Decorating Habits

4th October 2016

The average Brit will redecorate their home 36 times in their lifetime – spending a whopping £36,205 in the process, according to a new study.

Researchers found jobs within the home typically take 18 days to finish – meaning a typical Brit will spend almost two years of their lives decorating, with every job leading to an average of three arguments.

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The study of 1,006 adults highlighted how quickly Brits grow bored of their interiors, with over half (55 percent) planning on giving their home a makeover within the next 12 months.

It also emerged 45 percent view their home as a ‘work-in-progress’, while only 22 percent said they love their home, just the way it is.

Melanie McDonald from Anglian Home Improvements, which conducted the survey, said: “It is interesting to see the commitment people show to improving their homes, proving that décor is as important as ever for house proud Brits.

“The results highlight the value we all place on having a home which is tailored to our own sense of style. And it comes as no surprise that decorating causes arguments in the home, as our interiors choices are so personal and so important to many of us.”

The study also found unsurprisingly that women (47 per cent) still have the final say in home décor, compared to just 37 per cent of men.

And while home improvement television shows are the biggest inspiration (28 percent), a quarter admit to sourcing ideas from a friend’s house and 21 percent find it within the pages of a magazine.

The internet is also proved a common source of paint-spiration, with one in ten getting decorating tips from Pinterest, eight percent favouring Facebook and five percent using Instagram.

Researchers also found a fussy 15 percent give a room a splash of paint EVERY year, while nearly one in five (23 per cent) get their paintbrush and rollers out every two years.

One in ten admitted they were stuck in their ways when it comes to re-styling their home, waiting a whopping ten years or more before deciding to freshen it up.

And 55 per cent of those who took part in survey said they were planning to decorate within the next year, while one in four (23 percent) are already in the process of revamping their property.

A stressed out 13 per cent said their home required ‘a lot of work’, while around one in five (18 percent) said their home needs a bit of TLC.

The nation’s bathrooms and living room’s (33 percent) are most in desperate need of a make-over, closely followed by kitchens (32 percent) and a quarter (32 percent) of master bedrooms.

Melanie McDonald added: “It’s interesting to see so many factors can have an impact on our décor choices. Whether we are relaxing in front of the television or dropping-in on a friend, we are all continually getting inspiration for our interiors. And it’s great that men are taking an interest in the decision-making process when it comes to decorating, with 37% having the final say.

“With over 50 years’ experience of helping homeowners tailor their homes, at Anglian Home Improvements we see day-in and day-out how making changes to the home can be a real labour of love for Brits.”

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Tale of the (Masking) Tape:

Money spent a year on decorating £557
Number of arguments 3.2
Times we regret a style or colour 1.7
Time taken per job 18 days
Decorating jobs carried out every five years 2.8
Women have final say 47%
Men have final say 37%
Currently decorating 23%
Home is a work-in-progress 45%
Happy with their home 22%
Planning to decorate in the next 12 months 55%
Number of rooms currently needing work 2.7
Jealous of friends’ homes 14%

Rooms Waiting to be Decorated:

Bathrooms 33%
Living rooms 33%
Kitchen 32%
Master bedroom 25%
Other bedroom 23%
Hallway 17%
Stairs / landing 14%
Dining room 10%
Utility room 7%
En-suite 5%
Cloakroom 4%
Conservatory 2%

Decoration Inspiration:

Home improvement shows 28%
Friends’ houses 25%
Magazines 21%
Other TV shows 18%
Relatives’ houses 17%
Pinterest 10%
Facebook 8%
Neighbours’ homes 7%
Instagram 5%
YouTube 4%
Colleagues’ homes 4%
Twitter 2%


For further information, please contact:

Sasha Shackell-York
McCann PR
[email protected]
0121 713 3672

Julia Sammons
McCann PR
[email protected]
0121 713 3877

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