Three Interior Design Resolutions for the New Year
As 2014 comes to a close, it is time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions for 2015. While most people resolve to get to the gym more often or stick to the latest trendy diet (you know, the resolutions you made for 2014 that you didn’t quite get to?), I’d like to suggest some resolutions for the new year that will be easy to keep! In addition to (or instead of) personal goals this year, how about making some interior design resolutions so you can ring in 2015 with a home you can be proud of?
Here are my 3 design resolution challenges for you:
Resolution # 1—I will start saving for that remodeling project.
This is the year to start planning for your next project. Aren’t you sick and tired of looking at that original pink bathtub from the 1970s? Can you bear to work one more year in your kitchen with 2 feet of counter space (*cough, cough* Mom and Dad)? If you can, now is the time to start planning for these home improvements. A year from now, you will be so happy you started now! Whether it is a kitchen remodel, bath remodel, or even a full-scale addition, the coming of the new year is an impetus to make a plan for your home in 2015.
Resolution #2—I will not be afraid of color.
Now, I’ll admit this is a resolution that I should probably work on, too. My wardrobe aside, my happy place is neutrals in terms of paint colors. That being said, it is time to branch out in to the world of color! I’m not suggesting you paint accent walls all over your house and paint your bedroom bright red, but don’t be afraid to experiment with a soft olive green in the living room, a coastal blue in the bathroom, or even bright orange accent pillows in the bedroom.
Resolution # 3—No more naked windows!
First, an analogy regarding resolution #3. Window treatments are to windows as eyebrows are to faces. People look weird without eyebrows. Even celebrities. Case in point:
Similarly, windows (in most situations) look weird without window treatments. Aside from homes where the windows are a strong architectural feature, a room looks unfinished without having something on the windows. Some may argue that they don’t want anything on the windows because they want to bring as much natural light in to the space as possible, but that is no excuse. Simple drapery panels on either side of the window, a Roman shade that is always raised, or a valence with clean lines will do nothing to hinder the light. They will just make your space feel more “finished.” This year, make it a goal to complete your spaces with window treatments to add some softness, texture, and color.
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Cheers to a healthy, happy, and well-designed 2015!