We often forget about our environment and surroundings when making our New Year’s resolutions. Instead, we focus on improving ourselves. i.e: get a gym membership, learn something new, or get rid of debt. However, improving our home’s interior spaces can improve our well-being, especially during these times where many of us are spending much more time at home than we normally do. Making and following through with interior design resolutions can be easy, affordable, and more fun when it’s done right. We’re sharing our interior design resolutions to help you inspire you to put together your own list for the upcoming Year.
Add one new décor item to each room
Adding one new item to each room keeps the design process more manageable and affordable. Each room does not need a complete overhaul to keep things feeling fresh.
The best part is that you can make this process as affordable or expensive as you choose. Shop clearance items or visit thrift stores if you are on a tight budget. You can also give new life to your décor items by moving them around the room or relocating them to another area of the house.
Invest in improving your lighting
Getting enough light is so important for our health, especially since many of us spend the majority of the day inside. Not only can artificial light boost our vitamin D, but light fixtures are also a key design element that should not be overlooked. Lighting is artwork now and it’s essential for setting the mood in your home. Another great way to improve lighting is to swap out thick blinds or heavy curtains for ones that welcome in more light into your space.
Choose sustainable design
There are a number of options to choose from when it comes to sustainable designs. From complex and expensive, to very simple pieces that everyone can afford. If it is time for new appliances, opt for energy efficient models. If your budget allows, replacing old windows is also a great way to reduce your energy consumption (and costs) as new windows provide greater insulation.
When considering materials, choose natural ones that are renewable and harvested responsibly. For example, wood floors with a FSC label ensure that the wood was sustainability sourced and harvested.
Longevity matters. Buy quality products that will last for many years or buy second hand. Just like how there is “fast fashion” there is also “fast design”. These products are low quality and will most likely end up in a landfill in only a couple of years.
Incorporate more green
Invite this earthy hue into your home this year. Green is known as one of the relaxing colours and can easily be incorporated into your design. With the high stress lives we live, who couldn’t use a little more zen? Incorporate green in artwork, wall paint, rugs, furniture, tile, light fixtures, vases, pottery, the list goes on. Our favourite, and maybe the most obvious, is to add more plants— real or fake.
Repurpose something you already own
Tackle a DIY project using something you already own. Instead of getting rid of something and buying new consider that you may already own something that you can repurpose to make work for in current space. With the help of Google, Pinterest and DIY bloggers across the globe, there are tons of ideas and guides to help you with the process.
This one isn’t as fun as some of the other resolutions, but it is an important one not to skip over. As you declutter your home you will find your mind is also decluttered. This will be beneficial for the aesthetic and the function of your space. By physically decluttering you are creating a relaxing, less stressful space for you to enjoy.