In 2016, stick to these New Year Resolutions for your home
31 December 2015
The New Year is a time for making resolutions that will better yourself, like losing weight, quitting an unhealthy habit or seeing more of the world. But try to sneak in a couple of interior design resolutions for your home too. Here are 7 New Years’ Resolution that will go a long way in making your home – and your personal life – more positive.
We get it; adding colour into the home can be a pretty daunting. But trust us, the results can be amazing! In 2016, try introducing a bit more colour into your home. We’re not talking about painting an entire wall or buying colourful furniture, all you need to do is to add a couple of accent colours to an all-white space. Find matching cushions for the sofa or a single statement armchair to place in the living room, and you will immediately see the difference.
We’ve seen many homes that look classy and stylish but they actually feel cold and lifeless. This is most likely because the home is lacking in personality. Ideally, you should be able to have an idea of what kind of person stays there just by looking at the home. So if you’re an avid reader, show off your book collection. If you’re a cycling enthusiast, proudly showcase your bicycles. In the above home designed by Weiken.com, the map on the wall and the collection of license plates and street signs quickly show that the homeowners love to travel.
Many homeowners are obsessed with keeping the home neat and tidy, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But like we mentioned in the previous resolution, this can make a home feel a bit dull. Over the last year, we’ve seen more homes that don’t shy away from the clutter. Instead, the homeowners’ personal belongings are now part of the interior design. Open display shelves have replaced closed storage cupboards. Why hide away your prized belongings? In 2016, learn to love your clutter.
Despite the fact that most of us live in small, compact homes, a lot of homeowners find it very hard to leave empty spaces in a room. They can’t see an bare corner or an blank floor space without wanting to push a furniture against the wall. But the negative spaces in the room can do wonders in making a home feel bigger and cleaner. Fight the urge to fill up every available spot, and try to leave floors, walls and surfaces empty.
On a related note to point #4, sometimes you do need to to fill up space, especially if you want it to become a feature in your home. Consider using the height of your walls as a display space. This is especially useful in those “wasted” transitory spaces, like that narrow corridor to your bedrooms or on a staircase landing.
The hot weather, sudden flooding and hazy season – it’s probably safe to say that we’re feeling the effects of climate change. That’s why we should try and make eco-conscious decisions in our home design. Refurbish old furniture and reuse them, choose environmentally friendly materials (in this home, the feature wall is made from salvaged wood planks) and try not to be wasteful.
Interior design by Affordable Style Files
Bringing green plants and fresh flowers into the home is a quick and affordable way of making your space feel fresh and reinvigorated. It’s amazing how greenery will add life to your space, so try bringing it into your home. Indoor plants are the best and even freshly cut flowers can make a difference.
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