How to give your home a fresh new look
When you’ve lived with your home décor for some time, then, much as you loved it when you first chose the colors, furniture and accessories, there comes a time when the house needs a renewal. This is especially the case if it’s a family home as time, of course, brings many changes.
Whether you want to refurbish a single room or a major part of your home there is a lot to consider, and here are some useful tips and tricks to help you along the way. While it’s easy to change the atmosphere of your home and freshen the air by using a selection of scented candles, sometimes you might yearn to make more radical alterations. Here are a few things to bear in mind if you’re keen to give your home a fresh new look.
Sometimes you can refresh a single room or your entire home just by changing the color palette. The Pantone color of the year in 2017 was focused on greenery and conjured up earthy tones, which were immensely popular. However, there’s been a dramatic shift in 2018 and the new Pantone color of the year is ultraviolet, suggesting the heavenly hues you might find in the twilight zone between day and night.
Obviously, this theme could be a bit overpowering, so some small, judicious touches in your home may be more successful than an all-out assault on your senses. For example, you could use scatter cushions, throws and other incidental accessories against a muted or pale lilac background for the best effect. You could also use ultraviolet on a feature wall, perhaps in your dining room where it can be striking yet not invasive.
Depending on your budget and how you feel about changing the size and shape of rooms, there are often alterations you can make that will open up new spaces. These might include taking away walls to create an open-plan space, widening doors and windows or installing roof lights to improve natural daylight. At one level these are big changes and you’ll need to check that the work you want to do is both feasible and safe. For instance, if you sweep away a retaining wall (which is basically holding your home together) you’ll need to install a solid beam in its place, so don’t skimp on expert advice and skill if you’re planning a major makeover.
If your home improvement and decorating budget doesn’t stretch to complex structural changes, such as knocking down walls or installing roof lights, you can always consider doing something different with your existing windows and doors to introduce a breath of fresh air to your home. Changing solid internal doors in living rooms, kitchens and dining rooms for glazed alternatives will really let in the light and open up dark corners.
In the same way, windows will benefit from plantation shutters instead of blinds or drapes. Heavy window treatments tend to shut out light, even when they are pulled open, whereas shutters reveal the elegant lines of your window frames, just as the architect who designed them intended. An added benefit is that you can use the movable slats on shutters to control the amount of light in your room.
Whether or not you opt for a color change in your home décor, you’ll find that refreshing accessories can really introduce new elements into any space and brighten up your interiors. From bed linen to area rugs, textiles are fabulous when it comes to changing the look of a room. You can make an impact with small alterations such as lampshades or larger items such as light fittings – introducing a new chandelier over your dining room table can lift the appearance of the room tremendously.
Grow your home
When all is said and done, never forget the impact that fresh flowers, house plants and quirky or unusual artworks, especially small sculptures, can have on the rooms in your home. The same is true of making changes to the layout of your furniture, and even embarking on small alterations such as moving one piece from one room to another. This will help you to take a fresh look at the spaces that you have and to adapt your favorite furniture accordingly.
When you think about it, everything grows and changes – you, your children, and your home. Embrace the change and enjoy it to keep yourself and your home feeling refreshed and revitalized.