With the new year ahead of us, we turned to Décor Aid interior designers for their sage advice on rethinking your home for a refreshing new take that’ll leave you inspired for seasons to come.
From making better first impressions to channeling a wanderlust sense of warm eclecticism, consider these 10 inspiring cues as a go-to for a renewed take on your home décor that won’t break the bank.
REIMAGINE YOUR FOYER
Because the first few seconds someone enters your home can tell them a lot about your lifestyle, it only makes sense to tackle your entryway décor first.
Start by thinking about what guests first see from the outside and what your own first impression is when approaching your home. How does it instantly make you feel? To make it look as polished as possible, a fresh welcome mat and a wreath can do wonders, as can a coat of paint in an unexpected color on your front door. Inside, think about bringing in a new rug, new art, and well-judged tabletop accessories like a catchall tray and vases to bring the area to life.
CREATE A SCENT STORY
Make your home smelling intoxicating a signature by creating a unique scent story while illuminating it with attractive vessels, like the ones from Gucci, above. They’re perfectly chic enough to affordably add a quick sense of stylish play anywhere in your home while enveloping it with a delicious fragrance.
EDIT AND TIDY UP
If you’ve been following Marie Kondo’s hit Netflix program you’ve probably considered what sparks joy in your own home, but have you gone through her tidying process on your own yet?
By editing and decluttering your home you’ll be sure to find inspiration in areas you probably never imagined while reevaluating what you really do need and admire. And do think of clever storage solutions like stylish baskets that double as terrific sources of extra storage.
RETHINK LIGHTING SCHEMES
Another inexpensive way to elevate any room in your home is to rethink lighting to create a warmer and more inviting feel with layered tones of lighting. To get the look right, stop relying on overhead lighting sources and bring in multiple lighting styles installed at different heights for an instantly cozier feel.
BRING IN NEW FOCAL POINTS
From a vibrant accent wall freshly painted to redefine a room to adding freshly framed artwork, creating distinctive focal points throughout your home will make your interior design feel all the more memorable and unique to you.
ADD FRESH COLOR AND PATTERN
Bringing in unexpected color and fresh patterns can make a world of difference in any home and they also make for the perfect opportunity to bring in some on-trend elements as well. Make your home feel more alive with surprising pops of color and pattern here and there, even if it’s in the smallest of doses.
ADD NEW PLANTS
Inexpensive and beneficial to boot, many plants can help to purify the air in a room while adding a natural sense of beauty, and they can much easier to care for than you think – as long as you do some research before purchasing one. And they make for one of the most affordable home updates at that.
GO FOR WANDERLUST MOMENTS
Whether you’re a traveler or not, add personality throughout your home by bringing in a sense of the well-traveled with well-judged extras and decorative accessories that lend a far-flung vibe, like ethnic-inspired prints and patterns, and vintage scores with a worldly spirit.
RETHINK ART PLACEMENT
Just because you bought a painting for your mantle doesn’t mean that it has to spend its entire time with you in that one spot. Instead, take a quick tour throughout your home and think about what could work better somewhere else to redefine a room. You might just be surprised at the results!
Because they can make all the difference when looking to add stylish flair and personality throughout your home, rethink tabletop arrangements and move pieces from room to room to give them a new spin.
Think of grouping collectibles with plays on scale, and the best ways to really make a stylish statement that won’t cost a cent.
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