7 Ways to Refresh Your Space in the New Year

It's the new year and time to refresh your space! Great ideas. Love this loft living room with all of the warm cozy textures - also the combination of warm grays and light wood furniture
Modern Loft Look | Schneiderman’s

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.

Save some time (and your back) by using a room planner to figure out where things should go before you lift a finger. (We give some furniture placement tips here.)

7 Ways to Get Your Home Over the Post Holiday Slump
SHOP THIS LOOK: Julian Sectional

Refresh colors.

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.

Update photos.

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.

7 Ways to Get Your Home Over the Post Holiday Slump
City Farmhouse – DIY Picture Ledges


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 Wicker House

Warm up.

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.

White living room built-ins with stacked stone fireplace. Such a cozy room and great tips on how to refresh your space in the new year.
Image, furniture, accessories, and styling – Schneiderman’s

Something living.

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?

More inspiration.

Browse more design tips, decorating ideas, DIY, how-to’s, room inspiration and more on our How to Decorate page!

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4 Responses to 7 Ways to Refresh Your Space in the New Year

  1. Pam January 20, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

    Lots of great ideas! We just went to a neutral palette for the first time ever and it is so calming just like you said. I love the three drawer accent chest with the man and the birds on it, I need to find a place for it in our home!

    • P K January 21, 2016 at 10:24 am #

      Thanks for commenting Pam! We just got the chest in and we’re loving it too. So unique and whimsical!

  2. PK January 20, 2016 at 11:44 am #

    Glad we inspired you Natalie! You’re right – a cabin would be the perfect spot to try out a bold door color. It’s a great look.

  3. Natalie January 19, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    I am inspired to do some art layering on an interesting accent piece in my home (thank-you!) I’ve always liked the look, but for some reason I have not done it in my own home, now I will. I also love the idea of painting a door an accent color. I don’t have the right spot for it, but if I had a cabin I’d be all over it!


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