In a span of a week, we’ll say adieu to 2017 and welcome 2018 with open arms. Have you prepared your annual “New Year, New Me” plan? Aside from changing your hair color and buying new clothes for yourself, you might also want to give a makeover treatment to something that sticks with you through thick and thin – your home.
1. Take risk with color
You’ve been living with a sophisticated neutral color scheme for years now. Don’t you think it’s time to make a change?
Using bold colors is a surefire way to instantly revamp your interior design. Shake things up with popping shades in accent walls, throw pillows, lamps, wall decors, and vases. If you’re bold enough, you can even replace your old-fashioned sofa with a vivid one.
If you’re unsure of the colors to use, you may check out Pantone 2018 Color of the Year – Ultra Violet. The rich shade of purple adds energy and depth to any room. You can incorporate the color in your home by either committing to an all-purple color scheme or prefer to experiment with some home accessories first.
2. Refresh decorative accents
One interior design New Year’s resolution is to simply budget for a fresh collection of decorative items to update your home. Apart from color, you may use new patterns, textures, finishes, and themes on your accent pieces to introduce a trend. Get artsy and playful with geometric designs on pillows, curtains, doormats, and throw blankets, update your wall art decors, and add vintage items for visual interest.
3. Go for quality, not quantity
A room full of decor and furniture can look a bit chaotic so select only a few quality pieces. Timeless pieces of furniture, like the sofa, reading chair, coffee table, bed, dining set, and statement pieces should be of high quality and long functional and stylistic lifespan. You should also master furniture arrangement methods to create a smooth floor plan.
4. Take the time to declutter
This is the perfect time to purge and declutter; to decide the things to retain and the ones to throw away. Accumulating a mountain of stuff takes time, so it’s safe to say that decluttering won’t also take place overnight. You have to figure out where to start.
The duo behind The Minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus shares a simple trick that might help you declutter: The 90/90 rule. Ask yourself two questions about the objects you’re unsure about disposing of: One, have you used this item for the past 90 days? Two, if not, will you use it in the 90 days ahead? If your answer to both questions is a resounding no, then it’s probably better to get rid of it.
You may also use three boxes for your decluttering tasks: The “keep me” box, the “donate me” box, and the “dispose of me” box. Just think about the sanity you’ll feel once the jam-packed cabinets and drawers are all cleared out. The beauty of decluttering is you’ll get surrounded by only the things you need and love, and you get to breathe a little easier in your own home. Lastly, you may also invest in space-friendly storage boxes and commit to a weekly cleaning schedule to maintain the tidy and clutter-free environment.
5. Safeguard your safety
Yes, your home is truly quaint and cozy, but how confident are you in terms of safety? You might be living with a potential health hazard or fire risk.
Check your house for toxic odorless, colorless gasses like radon. Test kits are being sold at your local hardware store. You should also consider testing for lead paint and asbestos flooring, which can be ingested and negatively affect the health.
And in addition to fire detectors, you can also install a carbon monoxide detector. Should the furnace vent gets blocked or leaks, the carbon monoxide could back up in your house. Another good investment is a fire extinguisher.
6. Invest in energy conserving methods
When you think of designing for energy efficiency in your home, the first thing that comes to mind is solar panels. However, the ways of conserving energy and creating an eco-friendly home aren’t just about pricey innovations.
It takes old-fashioned common sense: cut your electricity and water usage in your home. Turn off the electronic equipment when not in use. Install compact fluorescent bulbs. Install low-flow shower heads. Minimize your use of the drying, especially when it’s sunny. Not only will these movements help preserve energy but they will also help shrink your bills.
7. Opt for a sustainable design
Be mindful of the natural resource depletion and use design options that are taking the go green movement to heart. Pick materials with the lowest environmental impact. Opt for reclaimed wood and stone products. Choose materials that are quickly renewable, like a fast-growing bamboo. There are labels, standards, and certifications that help you identify eco-friendly products. You can also turn to DIY and give life to your old furnishes instead of throwing them.
Author Bio: Carmina is a resident writer for Wincrest Home Builders, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family homes in Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, and the Hunter.