Somehow the month of December snuck up on us deciding quickly this year. With Christmas now behind us it’s time to focus on New Year’s resolutions and honour all of those promises we made to ourselves throughout the course of the year. This year my New Year’s resolutions begin at home.
Having a home to be proud of is essential in creating a sense of well-being and is a great starting point for helping to achieve personal goals.
The home should be a place to re-energize and renew, however, inevitability over the course of a busy year, clutter tends to build up things can get a little bit out of control. A home that is tidy, organised and functioning well will motivate and inspire.
Now is the perfect time to take a good hard look around your home to work out what needs improving. With plenty of sunshine and daylight hours, summer is the perfect season to de-clutter, clean and transform your house into the home you've always dreamed of.
The great news is turning your home improvement aspirations into reality isn't as tricky as you might think. There are many simple and affordable ways to freshen up your home with style and ease. Check out our simple home improvement ideas and easy home hacks below.
1.) Clear Out Your Closet
The wardrobe is the staple piece of any bedroom. Not only does it help keep your clutter at bay, but it also can serve as one of the focal points of any room, however if you are finding that yours is bursting at the seams a little, it might be time to assess your storage situation.
If your wardrobe no longer meets your needs in terms of available space, it could be time to invest in a custom-built wardrobe system. A custom closet can be optimised with ease in both large and small areas to fully maximise the amount available space and can't be designed to suit your exact requirements.
Alternatively, introducing some clever wardrobe storage insets may be all you need to make better use of the available space. Adding a set of internal drawers, shelves, shoes racks or baskets can make a big difference! Remember you can store anything in a wardrobe, from memorabilia to towels and documents. Be creative, and you’ll discover that your wardrobe may just become your best de-cluttering weapon.
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2.) Update Your Living Room In One Go
How can you update your living room in one go, you ask? Well it’s as easy as finding a rug that is both fabulous and affordable. Rugs are an ideal solution for hiding any imperfections in carpeting or hard timber floors.
These days you can find a rug to suit all looks and styles from Bohemian, traditional, tribal to sleek and modern. They come in all shapes and sizes, so whether you live in an apartment or country estate you will be able to find something attractive and welcoming for any space. Team your rug with some new cushions and a throw blanket for an instant and inexpensive transformation!
3.) Easy Kitchen Renovation Ideas
Whilst a complete makeover of your entire kitchen may be desirable, a few simple tricks can help you update your kitchen using minimal effort and expense.
If you’re after a quick update, consider changing up your tapware or cabinetry doors and drawer handles with fabulous, on-trend ones. Introducing a stylish splashback or some eye-catching accessories and plants can help to add life to a plain kitchen. For more ambitious renovators, simply changing outdated counter tops for something more modern will definitely turn your kitchen from drab to fab.
4.) Update Your Lighting
Nothing transforms a space like a new addition or overhaul in lighting design. 2017 lighting trends focus on functionality and modernism combined with natural elements and a hint of glamour. Having the right type of lighting can make or break a space. Whether it be a striking floor lamp, table lamp or ceiling pendant light, updating your lighting is a chic and easy way to makeover a tired looking space.
When updating your lighting design, consider natural light if possible. Installing a skylight in a stairway, bathroom or hallway is a quick and simple way to brighten up a space, while placing a mirror opposite a window can dramatically change the amount of light present in a room, immediately transforming it.
5.) Ideas For Decorating Your Walls
If you spent last year staring at your blank walls trying to put them to good use, then now is the time to be proactive and make those changes you've been yearning for. By including your walls in your redesign, you can immediately transform a space - and the best part is, there are so many simple, effective solutions to achieving this! If you’re hard pressed for storage, installing some wall shelves can help alleviate clutter or display your prized possessions.
Another excellent idea for updating blank walls is by creating a charming, gallery-style wall of art or personal photos. With a few frames and some imagination, you can create a collage of different art, inspirational text, prints or photos to transform any blank wall.
If hanging art isn’t your style, try removable wallpaper as an alternative. Today’s removable wallpaper comes in an endless array of patterns, styles and colours, and can even be custom printed. Bold patterns and textures can be purchased with a feature wall in mind, while more subtle styles can be used to update entire rooms. The best part is, because they are so simple to install and remove (without damaging the wall beneath), they are perfect for first time renovators.
6.) Replace Your Mattress & Bed Linen
Many of us this year will set ourselves a New Year’s resolution of bettering ourselves by being healthier. It's less often considered that our mattresses are just as important and beneficial to our health as diet and exercise.
A great bed promotes better quality, restorative sleep, which allows your body to fully recover whilst you are sleeping. This means that you can wake up feeling refreshed and energetic rather than tired in the morning. There are so many excellent options on the market, perfect for any budget, so you’re bound to find something suitable.
Nothing beats fresh new bed linen, team that with gorgeous textured accent cushions, a cuddly, cosy throw and an area bound rug to create the ultimate soft soft place to land.
If you 're eager to start off the New Year with a fresh home, then these projects are the ideal starting point! Taking on too many New Year’s resolutions at once can be overwhelming, so you might want to consider taking it one project at a time.
Remember, just have fun and enjoy yourself. Before you know it you'll have an inspiring and fresh home that you love and can then spend the rest of the year relaxing and admiring your rejuvenated house!
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