It’s a brand new year. Are you ready to start fresh? Here are 5 interior design New Year resolutions to make now for a fresh start in 2016.
- Embrace Color
If you’re ready for a bold change to refresh your living room, embrace color. Give your room a boost with a bold wall color and lively upholstery.
Keep the walls neutral and try out a new color scheme in your living room. Add a bold accent color with the addition of a contrasting fabric on one chair.
Envelop your room in a cozy dark color and enhance it with bright fabrics. Add touches of black to neutralize the palette.
Not quite ready for a complete color makeover? Simply add color with throw pillows and accents throughout the room.
2. Decide What You Truly Love
The new year gives you an excuse to start fresh. Take a good look around your home and decide what you really love and what you can do without. Edit your accessories and furniture. Now is the time to finally get rid of that table that you keep bumping into or that lamp that keeps falling over. Decorate with what you truly love and you will never get tired of your interiors.
Frame those pieces of art that you’ve collected over the years that are just gathering dust in your attic. Bring them out to enjoy every day.
When you find pieces at antique shops or flea markets that you truly love, give them a place in your home. Scale back on items that are just for looks and keep those that have a story or meaning for you. These are the pieces that will stand the test of time.
3. Rearrange Your Living Room
Rearranging your living room is a way to achieve a new perspective and give your room a fresh new look. Consider moving pieces from other rooms into your living room or taking pieces out to fit a new arrangement.
Start by drawing a diagram of the room. You can cut out pieces of furniture to scale and move them around on the diagram to decide on a new arrangement. The next step would be to remove everything from the room and start over from scratch. You may need to make adjustments once everything is in place. Have fun with it and don’t feel the need to get it perfect the first time. Once you’ve lived in the room for a few days, you may decide to make changes.
4. Set the Table
The formal dining room is making a comeback this year. Give your dining room the finishing touch by decorating your table. Get out your finest china and crystal, add beautiful cloth napkins and set out a beautiful display.
You can change your tablescape seasonally and add flowers for a fresh look.
If you don’t have a formal dining room, just set a few simple place settings. This gives a finished look to your décor and gets the table ready for a meal. Decorating your dining table may even give you the incentive to eat at the table instead of in front of the television in the living room.
5. Freshen Up
There are numerous ways to freshen up your home without making major changes. New towels and a shower curtain in the bathroom can make a big impact. A nice plush rug in the bathroom also infuses a fresh look.
Change out your linens for an easy refresher in the bedroom. New sheets, a new comforter or quilt can brighten up your room.
New light fixtures in the kitchen can quickly change the room. Install new fixtures or update existing ones for fresh appeal or a modern upgrade.
Reupholster a chair or set of chairs to add a vibrant addition to a room and make something old new again.
Dining room chairs are an easy DIY project, especially for chairs that have only an upholstered seat.
These are just a few changes you can make to refresh your space for the new year. Make a resolution now to conquer some of these for a fresh new perspective for 2016.