January means one thing to me: Redecorating. Without fail, every January I browse the sales, "oohing" and "aahing" over brushed velvet corner suites and rattan sets for the currently overgrown garden. I google painting tips and tricks and renew my subscription to 'House and Home'. I am full of good intentions to rejuvenate our dark hallways and revitalise the worn sofa we’ve had for fifteen years.
And every year without fail, those good intentions are simply that: Intentions. Little change occurs because even though the sales are inviting, a house reno can cost a pretty penny. Instead, find ways to fall back in love with your home with a few simple tricks.
Get Rid Of Clutter
A cluttered home can be a stressful home. Unused items and junk can lead to one hell of an unbalanced room which can quite easily sap the energy out of an otherwise positive house. Decluttering gives your room (and your mind) a sense of freedom and originality.
Those hours of scrolling on Pinterest and Houzz for inspiring kitchen ideas are never gone to waste. We can use all of those inspiring ideas and add some of them as little changes to our own homes. So we may not manage that island unit with an in-built wine cooler, but we could figure out some clever storage solutions and fit that cooler under a barely used cupboard (once we declutter a little of course). Inspiration is everywhere. Find it and use it to reignite a sense of freshness in your home.
Over time, any house will become a little stale and dull, even boring. It’s possible we may find how we currently use a room simply doesn’t work. So, why not move it all around. Rearranging furniture gives any room a new lease of life, and can give it a renewed sense of purpose with a new love for your home.
Switch Out The Artwork
Another way to rejuvenate a room is to look at the walls. Move around, replace, or switch artwork, memorabilia, and photographs. This simple fix can help to match your artwork to your colour scheme or alter the focus of a room.
Add New Elements
Finally, a big room makeover does not need buckets of paint, new sofas, or a budget that would feed you and your family for a year. Instead, by adding new elements to a room and keeping to a modest budget, we can create an entirely new feeling in our homes. Add a new rug, dazzling pillows in daring colours, or that hand-sewn lampshade you have eyed up all year.
Small changes can make a big impact and help you fall back in love with your home.