New Years Resolution: Total Home Makeover
Every year offers an opportunity to make things better, work towards a goal or try something new. In years past, you may have been focused on making over yourself, but did you ever consider making over your home? Many of us spend the majority of our time away from work at home, and your busy schedule can make it hard to take the time to create a space that reflects your style and fits your needs. If you’ve been thinking that your living spaces could be improved, check out these essential tips for creating a total home makeover you’ll enjoy all year long.
Declutter and Organize
The holidays often leave us with more possessions than ever before, creating the problem of where to put all of our things. January is a great time to plan to declutter and organize your spaces to help make your home easier to use. There are a number of popular methods you can use, so find the one that works best for you and start going through closets and drawers, empty out bookshelves and clearing off countertops to create a fresh start for the year. Once you’ve weeded out your things, decide whether or not you need any new organizational accessories like drawer dividers, closet organizers or storage bins to help get it all together.
Take Care of Details
Sometimes it’s the littlest details that can make your home look truly beautiful and finished. Whether it’s a worn-out light fixture, a drawer handle that needs to be replaced, or baseboard that needs to be replaced, don’t forget the details. Simple swap outs like changing your outlet covers, replacing a ceiling fan or giving your door a fresh coat of paint can brighten up a room in the most understated way. Look up, down and all around and take note of spaces that could use some new hardware or a little TLC to look bright and new again.
Decide on Decor
Maybe you’ve had the same mirror hanging over your couch for a decade, or know that your walls could use a fresh coat of paint; whether you’re ready to make big changes or just add a few new décor details, you should first decide on what the style of your home should be. If you like a variety of furniture styles, patterns and themes, then you could simply create an Eclectic aesthetic where anything goes. But if you want to really make a statement and outfit your home so that it is an expression of your tastes, a more definitive design is in order. One of the best ways to drive home a specific décor style is with a statement piece, like a large patterned area rug. Whether you want to create a space that’s Farmhouse chic, Mid-Century Modern, Traditional, Contemporary or Coastal, the area rug you choose will go a long way towards expressing any particular style. Once you’ve created a base for your décor with an area rug to compliment your theme, continue to add to the motif with throw pillows, wall art and other functional items to match.
Assess Your Furniture
Doing a total home makeover doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to pay thousands of dollars on new furniture, but you should take a look at what you have and see what you can improve. If your current pieces are in good shape, consider some of the ways you can give them a DIY update. Consider painting your TV console or end tables to match your new décor style, or update a sofa with a slip cover to make all of your existing pieces look fresh and new.
Like any New Years resolution, a total home makeover is sure to take some time. Planning what you want to do is the first step, so start thinking of all the ways you can improve your spaces now. Whether you want to completely refresh with paint, fixtures and a new area rug, or realize you just need to get organized, every effort you put into making your space great will help you feel more comfortable at home and ready to face a new year.