5 DECOR RESOLUTIONS YOU CAN ACTUALLY ACHIEVE
Resolutions. Things we make in the eve of the new year, determined to make the months to come the healthiest, wealthiest and wisest yet. But how often does that determination quickly fade into fatigue? How many new year’s eves have you spent thinking about that list of dreams left unchecked? This year, we’re making no promises that the kitchen will be renovated, nor the garden professionally landscaped. Instead, we’re zeroing in on small, achievable and inexpensive goals that will have a lasting and meaningful impact.
1. Invest in a good night’s sleep
Instead of making vague promises about getting more sleep, consider the real steps you can take towards achieving this goal. Replace your quilt, pillows and sheets with styles that meet your sleeping needs (think gel infused pillows and toppers if you overheat easily, or silk pillowcases if you have sensitive skin). Invest in luxurious sheets. How old is your mattress? More than 10 years? It’s time to put it to rest. Remove visual clutter and choose a colour palette that sedates rather than stimulates. Learn how to feng shui your bedroom for a better night’s sleep here.
2. Decorate with things you love
Trends come and go, but if you stay true to your personal taste, your décor will never date. Don’t jump on a trend just because the influencers tell you to; make sure you love it despite being on trend before hitting the checkout. That way, your personal style has room to grow and you won’t tire of your interior as soon as copper or cacti are no longer in vogue. And don’t forget to experiment! If you love two styles that seem an unlikely pairing, they may just be a match made in heaven. Check out geo and floral here if you don’t believe us.
3. Paint something unexpected
Repainting the entire house is a big, expensive job and the kind of resolution that can set you up to fail. Instead, give your home a pick-me-up by resolving to paint something other than the walls (read: smaller than the walls). Why not give your stair risers, bannisters, cornices, fireplaces, window frames, cupboard doors or even the front door a lick of paint? The beauty of choosing small areas is that you can be bold with colour choices. Check out 2017’s colour trends here.
4. Learn how to break the design rules
Knowing the rules for placing furniture, hanging art and arranging rugs is a fail-safe way to make your home look ‘just right’. But rules are there for breaking, and it’s the homes that push boundaries that make the biggest waves (i.e. find themselves in the pages of Vogue Living for example). It may seem daunting at first, but take it one step at a time. Rugs or art is a great place to start. Check out our advice for breaking the rug rules here.
5. Make something with your hands
A house full of shiny new objects may look impressive on the surface, but it’s the interiors with a mix of old, new and handmade that have got soul. Spending a crafternoon on a DIY project doesn’t just reward you with something unique for your home. Research shows that being hands-on improves happiness and promotes feelings of well-being because it satisfies a primal need to make things with our hands. Check out a few of our favourite DIYs here, here and here and craft your way to a happier 2017!
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Kitchen image: Styled by Bree Leech & Heather Nette King for Dulux Colour Trends 2017.