Are you still having a hard time remembering to insert 2018 when you’re writing down the date? Me too! So frustrating! I am however excited by the new year of possibilities. I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. I think with a new year it seems appropriate to begin to think of new beginnings, and to a fresh start. That being said, I think we should focus on how we can do this with your home. So, new year, new home.
New Front Door
A front door is one of those things that we choose to stick with, despite how much we may despise it. No more! Updating your front door can change the feel of your home for the better. It gives you a more positive feeling as you enter the house. What could be better than that?
Go with a fresh new design or color. Make it reflect your own style, but still work with the look of the home itself. If you want to make a statement and go with something bold, add a real pop of color. If you want a more modern look, just get something with a beautiful mid-century modern style. Whatever you do, make it something that is going to wow your guests with each visit.
New Color Scheme
Change is a good thing, especially when it comes to your color scheme. Having the same colors day in and day out for years is just no fun. None at all. So how about changing it up. Try tackling the schemes in at least one of your rooms. You an easily do this without buying new furniture. You can introduce new colors with pillows, art, blankets, and rugs. Perhaps you were once loving neutrals and mellow colors, but now want something more vibrant. You can have yourself some color. Simple removing your solid brown pillows and bringing in something with a pattern and at least one new color can drastically change the feel of the space.
Art is a clear reflection of our personality. This was most evident to me when I had to remove all of my beloved vintage landscape prints, and replace them with portraits or modern geometric pieces. Our tastes change, and we should allow for such changes. Take down that art you’ve had up since you graduated high school, and replace it with a piece that means something to you. If you want to be surrounded by positivity, go with something that gives you color and a positive feel.
Another great way to change out art is with photography. Just because you framed pictures of your travels or your family members years ago doesn’t mean they have to stay in there forever. Remove all of your personal pictures and replace them with updated images. It’s fun having that picture of your child from 7 years ago, but I bet it would be even nicer to update it with that picture you took recently on that expense camera phone. This is a fun thing you can do every new year.
Sometimes a simple room change can make you feel like you’re in an entirely new home. Allow for your kids to switch rooms. Or, if you don’t use that dining room very often, make it a game room for entertaining. There are no rules that say the rooms you chose when you first moved in have to stay this way. Now that you have lived in the home long enough, you may have figured out how you and your family live, so enjoy changing rooms and spicing things up a little bit.
One of the most common issues that we want to try to tackle in the new year is organization. If your place is just feeling like you can’t keep up with the chaos, get yourself some new storage solutions. Seriously. Go dump what you have and try something new. Get 20 baskets to store everything in and use them in each room. Get a new storage unit and be sure it meets all of the criteria you and your family need. Don’t try to make what you have work, because chances are, it wont. Look at your trouble areas and determine if it’s just that you need more, something bigger, or perhaps it’s just time to purge. You will be most happy with the results from getting yourself some new storage solutions.
Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is the owner of the Amber & Honey Design Co., and she is presently leading all design and staging projects. She writes for this blog and multiple other blogs frequently. Make sure you join theA&H Decor Planner group on Facebook, and follow her on Instagramand Twitter.