Posted September 24, 2018 03:15:00 Autumn is the perfect time to stock up on cute and fally wallpaper, according to a new survey from Australian Financial Services.
It is a time when the weather is crisp, with temperatures soaring and the air fresh, and when there are so many opportunities to decorate.
“It is a season when you can really take advantage of all the things around you, including the weather,” said Sarah Jones, senior associate for Australia’s Financial Services Association (FSSA), which conducted the survey.
“You can spend time with family, socialise and enjoy the beauty of the fall leaves.”
Ms Jones said the FSSA wanted to highlight the beauty and simplicity of the season by highlighting how much time each of Australia’s regions spend decorating.
The survey found the regions of Australia spent an average of more than 50 hours a week on decorating, which is significantly more than the 30 hours or less that are recommended for the UK.
It also found a similar pattern across Australia, with a greater proportion of the country’s residents spending between 25 and 40 hours a day on decor, compared with the UK average of 12 hours a month.
However, a significant number of Australians still spend more than 30 hours a year on decorate and spend less than 20 hours a fortnight on decor.
“We do see people spending more time than 30 and 20 hours on decor,” Ms Jones added.
“But what we don’t see is people spending 30 hours on the wall.
We do see more people spending less time than that.”
‘Just the right amount of time’ Ms Jones suggested that Australians could use this extra time to spend more time on decor than they did in the past.
“There is a great deal of opportunity for people to be creative with their decor, and I think that is really good news,” she said.
“What you want to do is give yourself a little bit of time to really really soak it all in and really enjoy the process.”
‘Practical’ advice Ms Jones recommended that Australians spend more on decor as part of their budget and consider using a service like Pinterest or Instagram to help with decorating and creating a “good wall” of inspiration.
However she acknowledged that it was important to remember to do things well, and that this could be difficult in an increasingly competitive market.
“The key is to make sure that you can use this opportunity to do the work that is most practical for you,” she explained.
“If you can’t, you should consider other options.”
The FSSSA also advised that people consider what kind of materials they use and that they ensure that they have plenty of time and supplies for their wall decorations.
“In some instances, you might need to be very creative with your decor and you might not need to spend too much time on it, but you might have to spend a lot of time on something like this,” Ms Evans said.
What you need to know about decorating in 2018: