04 Jan Time for a Change: My Top Five 2016 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Rooms
It’s New Year’s resolution time. However, this year, instead of punishing yourself with the same “lose 5 pounds,” “meditate,” “more yoga, less wine,” I challenge you to channel that self-improvement talk into your rooms.
By adopting these five design principles, you will wake up happier, more creative and infinitely more inspired. Sure, that might all sound like an impossible Holy Grail, but I promise if you give it a shot, it will work like magic on your mood.
Another bonus? Unlike the cold, harsh reality of bootcamp classes, salad-only diets, and must-organize everything promises, you will actually want to keep these resolutions.
My Top Five 2016 New Year’s Resolutions
1. Put down the Pinterest board and be original.
Scrolling through Pinterest, it’s evident that there’s a lot of same-ness out there. A lot of all white. A lot of all grey. A lot of subway tile. Of course there is nothing wrong with white or grey or subway tile, but it seems like everything we are seeing/doing/“reinventing” is a regurgitation of something else we’ve experienced or pinned somewhere.
This year, clear the decks and dream big. Let’s look up from our devices and play with design that is pumped up with originality.
2. Hire a designer that inspires you and pushes you to design a magazine-worthy home.
If you are taking on a design project, big or small, the smartest thing you can do for your sanity, your budget and your time is hiring a professional. We learn how you live and can translate the ideas in your head to the home of your dreams.
- Using someone who understands how spaces flow together, how to combine fabrics, and how furniture placement affects conversation, is insurance against having to replace or return. You don’t want to screw up sofas, sinks, bathtubs, tile, or appliances. The “fix” is expensive.
- We have resources at our fingertips that you wouldn’t dream of. We know which lines are the “best bang for your buck” and where you can save to make room for higher-priced dream pieces.
- We keep you on budget. There are thousands of decisions to make. A designer can steer you towards the right materials, finishes, fixtures, in an instant.
- Think you can’t afford a designer? We launched E-Design Services this year to help those of you with smaller budgets create a home that feels curated, collected and 100% you. This is totally custom design that feels authentic and perfectly fit to your lifestyle. Learn more about it here.
3. Purge what you don’t love.
The best thing you can do for your interiors is edit out what you don’t love.
No need to do it all in one day. Tackle your home one room at a time. It should only take a few hours to step back and edit out the following.
- Things that have no sentimental value or use. Nothing is worse than being around stuff that has no meaning.
- Pieces that were in style 5 to 10 years ago, but now just look dated and sad. This includes anything chevron, fake vintage pieces, dried flower arrangements, chenille throws or pillows.
- Items that are a little too well loved—pillows that have lost their shape, blankets with holes, sofas where the cushions are flattened and uncomfortable, etc. If you can’t do without it, consider having it recovered, restuffed, and repaired.
4. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
Your rooms don’t need to look like a catalog or design magazine. Throw in some fun elements that make you smile, laugh or think. A quick fix for this resolution is art. Some of my favorite affordable sources include Minted, 20×200, Buy Some Damn Art and Little Paper Planes. Other ways to create some not-too-serious moments? Look for accessories with personality, pillows with some sass, paint your hallway bright yellow or your window trim in hot pink.
5. Break up with minimalism
Enough with minimal minimalism. Sure these spaces look beautiful in photographs, but let’s be honest, they aren’t realistic for anyone with pets, kids or a lease on life. The biggest trend for 2016 according to Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and a slew of other design magazines, is color, texture, graphic patterns and a louche, bohemian attitude.
Paint those white walls. Add some flair with fluffy colorful rugs and pillows. Bring in personality with original artwork and witty accessories. Life is meant to be lived with texture and a dash of crazy. Embrace the imperfect, the rumpled and the funky. It will transform your outlook on life.
What about you? Do you have any design resolutions? If so, I would love to hear about them. Add a comment below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.