We’re over two weeks into the sparkling fresh new year of 2016, so odds are that we’ve taken the holiday decorations down and packed them away. We’ve also probably organized a thing or two (or intend to).
That’s great! Right? Or not? After being packed full of holiday décor, our homes might be feeling slightly underwhelming. Like they need a refresh.
Luckily, there’s a remedy for that:
Our rooms can get into a rut because it feels too much like work to figure out what furniture could or should be moved, added, or replaced – and then to actually do it?
It is worth the effort, though, because a furniture shakeup can drastically change how your room feels and functions for the better.
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Adding a new accent color to your color scheme is a great way to reinvigorate your space when there’s not much color happening outside.
If your rooms are already saturated with color and you’re craving some calm, subtract one color or clear the color completely and try out a neutral palette.
Typical, and simple, ways to update the color palette are with pillows, rugs, artwork and accessories.
If you display family, vacation or other photos throughout your home, set aside a few minutes to walk through the house and see what needs to be updated — pull the frames as a reminder to follow through.
Gather all of your accessories (the ones on display and the ones stashed in cupboards or boxes) in one spot and take inventory. Pack up what you don’t love or won’t use and set it aside to donate.
Use what’s left to freshly accessorize bookshelves, tabletops and walls. Snap photos on your phone of the empty spots that could benefit from something new, so that you can reference them when you’re shopping.
TIP: Many times fewer, larger accessories look better and have more impact than a bunch of small ones.
Add the unexpected.
Whether it’s a unique piece of furniture, a creative art arrangement, a bold pop of color in an unexpected place or an eclectic furniture mix, doing something a little different can make your home more interesting to you as well as to others.
(I’ve always wanted to give an interior door a fun color splash. Maybe this year?)
The holidays may be over but winter definitely isn’t. It’s chilly out there!
Make your fireplace the focal point and light a candle or two. Add extras like warm throws in baskets and a textural rug – or layer rugs for even more interest.
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If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it… a lot. Whether your starting a room from scratch or wanting to refresh your space, natural elements like plants and flowers always add life and soften a room.
Succulents, permanent botanicals, terrariums or fresh flowers from the grocery store – it’s all good. You can even make your own DIY terrarium with this tutorial.
How do you refresh your space in the new year, or any other time?
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