Whether you have a black canvas or an overcrowded space the new year is the perfect time to implement a new vision for your home’s interior decoration. Whether you have a vision for your home or are struggling for something new there are always options available. In this article we look at some of the ways you can revitalise your interior and bring new energy into your home for the new year.
Make it Your Own
Styles guides are great, they give you an idea of the latest trends and what to incorporate into your home to impress your friends and neighbours. Everybody wants to look as if they’re on point when it comes to the latest trends but it’s important to make it your own at the same time.
You don’t want your home to look too bland or unimaginative, as if it’s emerged from the covers of a magazine at the local supermarket. The best advice is to use these style guides as a guide at best, but to incorporate your own tastes and preferences into the decoration.
One way to do this might be to use the ideas from the style guides but change the colour scheme to suit your own tastes or pick and choose some trading items but blend them with what you have already. In short, keep your personality and let it come through in your decoration choices.
Make a Mood Board
A mood board is not a new idea but it has become more prevalent in recent years due in part to social media sites like Pinterest. Often used in creative storytelling, a mood board helps you to establish a concept or idea for a project using creative brainstorming methods and techniques.
Social media sites such as Instagram and Pinterest allow you to save posts and images that spark your interest and enthusiasm. Pinterest is especially good for this as it allows you to create boards to pin your inspiration to. At first choose your inspiration freely and loosely, then pare it down selectively.
You will soon end up with some creative ideas for your interior design that you may not have considered before. A mood board often creates unexpected contrasts and complements that incorporate different styles and trends. This is one way to revitalise your interior and prevent it looking ordinary.
Choose Aspirational Pieces
Maybe you have recently bought a house or you have long term plans for the one you’re in. Looking at an empty space or considering the long term future can be a daunting prospect, especially if you don’t have a vision yet. On the other hand, you might have a vision that seems unrealistic.
The best way to handle these situations is to purchase an aspirational piece. An aspirational piece is one item that fits your long term vision. It’s a piece of furniture that you’d be happy to have regardless of where you live or what your decoration becomes. In fact the aspiration piece has a purpose.
The purpose of this aspirational piece is to attract more pieces of furniture to your home that fit with the vision. Over time you will start to see your space taking shape, you will notice the aspirational piece doing it’s job and helping you to manifest your original vision.
Consider Colours and Fabrics
The colour scheme of the rooms in your home is vital to your comfort and wellbeing. If you have colours that don’t resonate with you you might end up with a headache or the wrong mood for the room. Remember that certain colours inspire different moods so don’t paint your bedrooms red, that’s better for a home office.
According to many interior designers, the colour scheme for your rooms should incorporate at least three different colours. You want a main colour, a secondary colour, and an accent colour. Accent colours can be things like tablecloths and cushions. Three colours are always better than two and it brings an extra dimension to your interior furnishings.
Transform Old to New
Revitalising your home’s interior in the new year can be a creative and inspiring process, even if you don’t have a ton of money to invest in the project. One way to make your money go further and engage your creativity at the same time is to transform old things into new things.
Furniture can be painted or polished, rugs can be professionally cleaned and come up like new, or you might buy a new lamp shade from a recycling shop that brings a room to life. If you have an aspirational piece in your house consider its colour and style, try to add and change items in your home to match and contrast with these pieces.