New year, new you! Or should we say, new year, new home? Whether your home is in need of a refresh or a complete style overhaul, there’s no time like the beginning of a brand-new year to do so.
But where does one start when seeking to give their home a fresh new look? We asked Priscilla De Luca from Orbit Homes to share her top tips for those seeking to reinvigorate their homes for the year ahead.
1. Choose a new theme.
Whether it’s simply a core color palette or an actual style, try to pick your theme early on and stick to it. This will give you a basis to build upon. When choosing a color palette, try to select no more than two to three core colors. You can then utilize varying tones from there. An easy way to start visualizing your scheme is to create a mood board. You can do this either digitally or the more traditional way of collecting images from magazines and paint swatches. Either way allows you to be creative!
2. Introduce artwork.
When it comes to interiors, walls are often neglected. Find a piece of artwork you love and then build upon it from there. Whether it is a print, photograph, or even a framed tapestry, you can pull your colors and textures from the artwork. This will give your space a harmonious flow.
3. Pairing patterns.
Don’t be afraid to pair different patterns and textures together. In fact, it’s encouraged! The trick is to ensure your prints and patterns complement each other. The easiest way to achieve this is to alternate your core color palette. Ensure you combine a mixture of eye-catching prints with more subtle or plain alternatives to create balance.
4. Go green.
Never underestimate the ability of an indoor plant or two when it comes to enlivening a space. If your color palette is quite neutral, a pop of green can add just the right complement to just about any room.
5. Style like a pro.
When styling home décor, odd numbers generally work best. For instance, accessories should be arranged in groups of three or five on a bedside table or table centerpiece. Also, ensure you group items of different heights, textures, and tones together to add visual interest.
6. Buy a statement floor rug.
Rugs are not only a functional piece of decoration as they add comfort to almost any space, they are also an important contributor to the aesthetic of a room. The right rug can really create a striking statement without being too permanent. When selecting a rug, ensure you consider the proportion to the size of the room.
7. Get your lighting right.
Lighting is one of the most important factors to consider when it comes to creating an inviting home. Floor and table lamps are an easy way to create a welcoming ambience, especially when styling hallways, living spaces, and bedrooms.
8. Invest in big-ticket items.
It is best for key focal pieces to be of good quality rather than trendy, such as a couch or bedroom furniture. Well-made timeless pieces can be adapted to trends with soft furnishings such as pillows and throw rugs, as these can easily be replaced once you’re tired of them. It’s more efficient to save money on occasional pieces and accessories, plus it’s also how homeowners can truly express their personality and turn a house into a home.
9. Less is more.
Soft minimalism is growing in popularity for the way it blends simple, ergonomic features of minimalism with a liveable and warm style. Use the new year as an opportunity to declutter your home by removing unnecessary and outdated items, allowing the opportunity for a fresh space with new design points.
10. Bring some fun to the bathroom.
Bathrooms can often be a fairly neutral, nondescript space within the home. However, by adding lush towels with fun patterns or colors, a homeowner can inject their own personality into the space.
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