January 10, 2021
I think we can all agree that 2020 was a dumpster fire of a year, and most of us are ready to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to a fresh start in 2021. Being in the house for months might have you feeling stale or stuck in a rut. Staring at the same old clock or piece of art can make you realize it no longer suits your taste, or it needs to be replaced.
Your surroundings can absolutely influence your overall mentality and outlook on life. A new year is the perfect time for a little home ‘refresh,’ as I like to call it. A few simple changes or additions can make your space feel new again.
Start with the walls. This one may seem obvious but changing the color or pattern on your walls is a way to make a big impact. You don’t need to tackle the whole house, or even a whole room. You can paint an accent wall a single color or tape out a pattern to give the space some style.
Wallpaper is also a great option, and yes wallpaper is very much back. The newest trends in wallpaper are beautifully updated florals, sophisticated prints, or edgy textures.
Art. Paintings, drawings, or wall art pieces are the perfect way to express yourself. Art is very subjective, and taste can vary from one person to the next. Whether it is changing out some of your existing art, or starting out fresh, this is a great way to stylize your home and make it uniquely you.
Pro tip: When it comes to choosing art, be sure to go with something that you love, not what you think is on par with current trends.
Rearrange. If you are on a budget and not looking to buy anything right now, try arranging your existing furniture and home décor in a new way. Move your sofas, change where you place your candles, vases and other knick-knacks on your tables and mantels, or swap throw pillows, blankets, or curtains with other rooms in your home. You would be surprised what you can do with what you may already own!
Keep it lively. Bring in some live elements into your home. Greenery and flowers not only look beautiful, but they absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Sounds like a win-win to me!
Don’t worry if your thumb is more black than green, there are plenty of hearty varieties that need little attention. Snake plants are notoriously hard to kill and can go almost a month without water, or the Kalanchoe flower plant is a great option that can withstand temperature swings.
Accent Décor. End tables, coffee tables, and light fixtures are easy and relatively inexpensive ways to drastically change the look of your home. The addition of a few industrial or farmhouse chic pieces can change the overall aesthetic of a space quickly.
Want a change but not sure what look to go for? Choose classic styles in quality materials, like authentic wood, wrought iron, or marble.
We hope these tips help you to freshen up your home for 2021. Cheers to a happy, healthy new year everyone!
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