Ten tips to refresh your home in 2018

Refresh your home
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Refresh your home and transform your surroundings. This can be incredibly symbolic to support any changes you want to implement for the year ahead.

The environmental psychology theory of ‘place attachment’ demonstrates how strong the bond is between a person and their environment, meaning that adapting or altering the space in which we live can have a subconscious, positive influence.

It can even be a visual reminder of our New Year resolutions.

Refresh your home and its décor will give it a new lease of life, ready to face 2018 with vitality and energy.

The experts at Alexander James Interior Design, recognised as one of the world’s leading designers, have put together their ten easy tips to refresh your home for the New Year.

Have some fun and enjoy revitalising your beautiful home.

Declutter and De-Stress

Now the Christmas decorations have disappeared, dare to go a step further and do away home accessories and furniture that are holding your home back from looking fresh and stylish.

Decluttering ‘de-stresses’ and simplifies your home, allowing for a space in which every item has a considered, rightful place and creating a sense of harmony throughout.

It’s the perfect way to create a blank canvas to redesign and refresh your home décor!

Set a Trend with the Colour of the Year

Refresh your home with the very fashionable, recently announced Pantone colour of the year, Ultra Violet.

“The color of the year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

Inject this shade into your interiors as an accent colour, punctuating throughout with new cushion fabrics, artwork and homewares.

Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future, according to Pantone.

Reposition and Reset

Rearranging your furniture is the greener, cheaper and simpler way to refresh your rooms.

In just a few movements, you can transform the ambience of a room and make a huge impact.

Place furniture in an entirely new location, rotate in a different direction or even swap pieces from different rooms.

Impact with Artwork

Replacing your artwork with new pieces is an extremely effective way of creating a fresh visual impact in your interiors.

It can change the key focal point of a room, completely shifting the style or tone of the space in a different direction, or it can be a powerful means of punctuating with your new scheme’s accent colour.

If your purses are feeling a little stretched after the festive season, moving artwork into different rooms can have the desired effect.

Luxuriate with Cushion Fabrics

An affordable and indulgent way to refresh your home for the New Year is to replace your cushion fabrics.

It allows you to introduce a new accent colour to your decor or rich, tactile textures, setting the tone of the whole interior.

Restyle Your Haven

What better to way begin the year than with a new bedding set and throw?

This can dramatically freshen your bedroom, and more importantly, can help with the perfect sleep.

Ambient Aromas

Scent plays an important role in interior design, dramatically influencing how we experience a space.

Ones to consider are the luxurious candles and diffusers from Jo Malone and The White Company, particularly this exotic Lime Basil and Mandarin candle and this Indian Ocean breeze Seychelles Diffuser.

Revitalise your Coffee Table

Make your coffee table a focal point in the room, restyling it with beautiful books, ornaments and a diffuser or candle.

If you prefer a minimalistic look, use the rule of three to ensure it looks balanced and stylish.

The rule guideline of threes says that things arranged in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered groupings. Three seems to be *the* magic number.

Freshen with Florals

Whether you opt for fresh flowers or fake flowers, adding florals to your interiors is the perfect way to refresh your home for the New Year.

Display in all rooms to abundantly rejuvenate your entire home interiors with life and vitality, and for a twist of style, arrange your flowers in vases of different heights and widths.

Enhance with Lighting Schemes

Rethinking your room’s lighting scheme can create a new atmosphere and give it the boost it needs.

Introduce ambient or background lighting where there isn’t already, or accent lighting to highlight special features, colours and patterns in furnishings.

Adding table lamps and floor lamps can also make for a stylish feature in any room, enhancing key areas and making rooms look more spacious.

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