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10 Easy Tips to Refresh Your Home for the New Year

Because a new year means new beginnings…
   Sarah Solomon  |  written on: 16-01-2022 12:15pm

A great way to start is with transforming your surroundings and refreshing your home for the year ahead. Adapting your living space can have a positive influence and even be a visual reminder of your new year resolutions. At the very least, a good refresh of your home décor gives it a new lease of life. With this in mind, Stacey Sibley, creative director of Alexander James Interior Design (AJI) shares her 10 easy steps to refreshing the home for the new year. You don’t require extensive funds or effort, so go on, have some fun and enjoy revitalising your beautiful home.

1. Declutter and de-stress   
Now that you’ve put away all those Christmas decorations, dare to go one step further and do away with all those home accessories and furniture pieces that are holding your home back from looking fresh and stylish. Decluttering ‘de-stresses’ and simplifies your home, allowing for a space in which every item has a considered, rightful place and creating a sense of harmony throughout. It is the perfect way to create a blank canvas to redesign and refresh your home décor!

2. Trend set with 2018’s colour of the year
Refresh your home this new year with the very fashionable, newly announced Pantone 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet!

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” says Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

Inject this stunning shade into your interiors by using it as an accent colour, punctuating throughout with new cushion fabrics, artwork and homewares. “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future,” says its press release.

3. Reposition and reset
Rearranging your furniture is the greener, cheaper and simpler way to refresh your home. In just a few simple movements, you can transform the ambience of a room and make a huge impact.

4. Impact with artwork
Replacing your artwork with new pieces is an extremely effective way of creating a fresh visual impact in your interiors. It can change the key focal point of a room, completely shifting the style or tone of the space in a different direction, or it can be a powerful means of punctuating with your new scheme’s accent colour. If your purses are feeling a little stretched after Christmas, moving artwork into different rooms can have the desired effect too!

5. Luxuriate with cushion fabrics
This is one of the most affordable and quickest ways to breathe new life into your home – replace your cushion fabrics. It allows you to introduce new accent colours, setting the tone for the whole interior. Stacey top picks are cushion fabrics by Villa NovaZoffany and Kirkby Design, for a plush, quality feel.

6. Restyle your slumber haven
What better way to begin the year than with a brand-new bedding set and throw? Stacey has her eye on sets from The White Company and luxurious bed throws from Johnston of Elgin. A fresh set of linens not only looks good, but can help with the perfect night’s sleep.

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7. Ambient aromas
Scent plays such an important role in interior design, dramatically influencing how we experience a space. What about the luxurious candles and diffusers from Jo Malone and The White Company? Stacey is particularly fond of the exotic Lime Basil and Mandarin candle and the Indian Ocean breeze Seychelles Diffuser.

8. Revitalise your coffee table
Make your coffee table a focal point, restyle it with beautiful books, ornaments and a diffuser or candle. If you prefer a minimalistic look, use the rule of three to ensure it looks balanced and stylish. “The rule guideline of threes say that things arranged in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable and effective than even-numbered groupings. Three seems to be *the* magic number,” says Dabney Frake from Apartment Therapy.

9. Freshen with florals
Whether you opt for fresh flowers that emit an exquisite floral scent, or faux flowers that offer a beautiful authentic look, adding florals to your interiors is the perfect way to refresh your home for the new year. Display in all rooms to abundantly rejuvenate your entire home interiors with life and vitality, and for a twist of style, arrange your flowers in vases of different heights and widths.

10. Enhance with lighting schemes
Rethinking your room’s lighting scheme can create a new atmosphere and give it the boost it needs. Introduce ambient or background lighting where there isn’t already, or accent lighting to highlight special features, colours and patterns in furnishings. Adding table lamps and floor lamps can also make for a stylish feature in any room, enhancing key areas and making rooms look more spacious. Stacey loves the lighting from Heathfield and Porta Romana.


Credit: Alexander James Interior Design (Images)

Also read:
Where to Begin with Your Bedroom Scheme

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   Sarah Solomon
Sarah Solomon has kickstarted her career as an Account Manager at KBB Ark. She has a penchant for innovation and is on the look out for the next big thing in interior design.

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