Great! But everyone knows new year resolutions are tricky to keep — so here are a four suggestions for your home that might be easier to stick to — and that will make your home a more stylish and enjoyable space into the bargain.
Resolution 1: We’ll all eat at the table this year
You know this makes sense. Not only does it turn every mealtime into an event and an opportunity to chat, it creates a sense of order and elegance in your home.
You don’t need to have a dining room — many these days prefer a kitchen table or even breakfast bar. So separate it as a dedicated area with a pendant light and bring out pretty tableware for dinner parties.
This table has been dressed by Amara with beautiful simplicity.
Delightful for dining — these dinner and dessert plates are by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams
Resolution 2: Let’s get a better night’s sleep
Basics first — if your mattress is old or your bedframe is sagging, you’ll toss and turn all night trying to get comfortable. Time for a change!
Once you have a comfy and supportive bed, it’s time to turn your bedroom into a haven, with luxurious bedding, cushions and throws. Make sure the room isn’t too hot — a major barrier to sleep — and keep out the light with good blinds or curtains. Time for some zzzzzs
Luxury cushions from Biba at House of Fraser – love the feathers!
A bed for real snuggling — the Charlie Bed in natural wood is from Barker and Stonehouse
Resolution 3: Let’s de-clutter!
Is hoarding hurting your head? Have a January clearout and take unwanted goods to a charity shop or give them away through community sites such as Freegle, where they’ll find a good new home.
Once you’ve got rid of everything you don’t use, make sure you have plenty of tidy places to put everything that’s left. As well as stylish furniture providing extra shelving and cupboard space, under-bed boxes can be a big help.
If your home is short on storage space — and many are — look for unused corners. For instance, there’s often room in the bathroom above the toilet cistern for shelves that can store your towels and make a style statement at the same time.
Neat and sweet — recipe storage tins from dotcomgiftshop
Decluttering means the accessories you do choose to display are well-showcased, as in this Casa Couture styled room by House of Fraser
Resolution 4: I’m going to make my world more colourful
Make grey old January disappear with some bright accessories and sunny shades — daffodil yellow and delphinium blue are going to be big this spring, which will feel nice after such a grey winter.
Also look out for fuchsia pink and cobalt blue in 2016. Ethnic brights are in, so there’s plenty of opportunity to make the most of embroidery, felting, weaving and pattern layered on top of pattern.
Don’t fling all colours in together, though — that would be chaos. Choose several complementary bright hues and stick to them, creating a palette that will bring all your different patterns together in harmony.
We love it when our design tips help create a harmonious home, so we encourage you to think seriously about any or all of the above.
- Our Floral Shadow Bondi Blue roller blind fabric is a subtle dash of colour to bring life back into a de-cluttered room, leaving you feeling fresh without being spartan. View the range here: https://goo.gl/DsqyGq
- The Hepburn Blue Bird roller blind will help you with our fourth resolution, to introduce boldness and colour. View the range here: https://goo.gl/GwHgLh
- And our Stratford White adds a touch of class to any dining area. View the range here: https://goo.gl/mSM6FB
Happy New Year!