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Happy New Year…Happy Home: 10 Interior Design New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year…Happy Home

10 Interior Design New Year’s Resolutions

New Years is a time to reflect, regroup, recharge and REDESIGN! Once those holiday decorations come down we see our homes in a different light. Besides feeling a little bare, you might notice that your home could really use an update. Not necessarily a remodel, just some TLC or a small makeover. This is the perfect time to take a look around and make some New Years Resolutions for your Home. Improving our surroundings influences the way we feel.

Here are Interior Design Resolutions to help get you started.

  1. Take a color risk. Gray will remain the color on trend for 2017 but it’s perfectly ok and I         encourage you to bring in colors that make you happy!   Color can add spark and interest to your home’s interiors so go ahead and play, try some color on for fun this year.
  1. Refresh your decorative accents. A few new pillows or a great art piece can change the look of your room. No need to spend a lot of money, just introducing new patterns, colors and sizes of your accessories can give your room an updated look.
  1. Less is more. With our minimalist designs these days this statement has been around awhile. There is truth to it however. Less is more room, less is more clarity, less is…well, less cleaning! The start of the New Year is a perfect time to declutter and organize. You will feel fresh and energized!
  1. Know your Style. Your Home Style. Are you Traditional, Modern, Urban Industrial? Most don’t really know or just call their style Eclectic to cover all they have pulled together. Make this the year that you learn what your style is, or at least what you want it to be. Once you know your Style you can pull together a plan to create the look and feel that’s ultimately YOU.
  1. Go with your Design Gut. New Years is the time we are making goals to lose our guts but I am asking you to use it! It serves it’s purpose and is your friend. You know what you like and what you don’t like. Your friends and relatives will tell you what they think you should do, what THEIR gut says, but it’s important to follow your own design instincts when it comes to decorating your home. If you have a bad feeling about a possible “trendy” purchase hold off on it and think about it awhile. And if you find a unique item you absolutely love and it made you smile, grab it because if you wait too long it just might be gone. Listen to your inner design self.
  1. Look for new design inspiration. The go to design sites, Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram, are great but try looking elsewhere for cool design ideas. Think travel, trade shows and art events for inspiration, one of a kind items and new design trends.
  1. Opt for Organic. It’s not just good for our bodies, it’s also good for our homes. Natural fabrics, sustainable materials and green design is great for our homes soul. Organic design remains on trend for 2017 so there will be an abundance of options for you to choose from.
  1. Introduce RE in your home design. REpaint, REpurpose, REfresh, REfinish. This is a great way to look at reinventing your spaces inexpensively.
  1. Pay attention to details. This is easier said than done so will take some practice. Take the time to do the touch up paint around your trim, patch up existing holes when you move that painting to another wall, and make sure the painting is hung straight. Fluff pillows and keep flowers fresh (or dust them if you have a brown thumb like me). It’s all the little things that make a big difference when pulling a room or look together.
  1. Treasure Hunt. Antique stores, estate sales, garage sales, craigslist…all of these are great places to treasure hunt. You can find amazing one of a kind items, conversation pieces. Often times they just need a little TLC or updating with paint or new hardware.

When you are writing out your upcoming goals don’t forget about your home! Try one, a few or all of these resolutions. Bring joy, happiness and beauty into your surroundings this next year. Remember, Happy Home…Happy You!


Denise Teichert Krogman, Allied ASID



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