Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
If you jump at the thought of making New Year’s resolutions for your health but not your home–I urge you to reconsider. Maybe some of you are facing decorating quandaries that you don’t know how to solve. Or you think upgrading your home will cost too much or be too complicated. There are New Year’s resolutions for your home that you can make right now (that will uplift your energy and mood).
Because your home should reflect your style, how you live, and most of all–make you happy!
Since so many of us live and work from home more than we ever have, it makes sense to start here. Are there any spaces in your home that serve a dual function? For example, have you converted your dining room into a makeshift office or work zone for your kids?
First, consider switching a formal space (that doesn’t get a lot of use) into something different. For example, convert your dining room into a “hangout room.” You can swap out your sofa for a day bed. This adds seating and an extra spot to accommodate an overnight guest (or two if you get a trundle).
Top Tip: Always designate storage zones for useful items that you need to stash away. Think books, DVDs, school supplies, or crafting supplies. Use baskets or decorative furniture elements that have plenty of storage.
Top Tip: As you restructure your spaces–think about what you need most right now. A study area? A work from home office? A crafting room? Then, reimagine your current spaces. What can you move? Which spare room can you transform? Or, what can you elminate to create new spots in your home?
As you train your spaces to work smarter for you, don’t forget to set the mood. Using peaceful and calming elements in your spaces is always a surefire way to boost your inner zen.
A few of my personal favorites:
Top tip: You don’t need to buy expensive flowers either. You can make a beautiful arrangement for your kitchen island or coffee table by using super market flowers. Also try spliting one bouquet into a few bunches and spread them around. Here’s how I use supermarket flowers to do the trick!
Even if you restructure your spaces and add calming elements, the design won’t come together if your wall colors aren’t right.
Especially if you have an open space floorplan where all your spaces connect, in this instance, I wouldn’t recommend drastically changing the colors between your spaces. Like, going from lime green to dark blue.
A fresh coat of paint is usually a simple DIY job, but if you’re not too handy– it’s always best to hire a pro. Painting a space can instantly transform it. If you have a smaller space, picking a nice creamy white (that’s not too stark) will make the space appear bigger.
If you’re looking for something bolder, though, dark blues are always a good choice!
Don’t’ forget! Always test and LIVE with your paint samples first before committing to one color. A paint color’s undertones, lighting, and LRV will change how they appear to you.
If you’re thinking–wait a minute! What’s LRV and undertones?
Only fools rush into painting and home improvement jobs without thinking things through. Do your research before you start any project. This way, you don’t spend extra time, energy, OR money on redos.
3 top rules I always follow:
As you brainstorm your home to-dos, be mindful of items you run into. If you’re emptying a closet space to make a home office, take out any clutter simultaneously.
Getting rid of things you no longer use (or love) is a guaranteed method for giving your spaces a fresh, new feel.
Plus, donating your unused items to Goodwill, a close friend or family member, is more productive than it sitting somewhere collecting dust. It’s a win-win.
By the way, don’t go overboard! Start small. Every week, assign one drawer, basket, or cabinet to go through. In one month, you’ll clear the clutter from four spaces.
So which New Year’s resolutions for your home will you try?
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