A New Year and a New Decade – 10 Easy Tips to Refresh your Home

A New Year and a New Decade – 10 Easy Tips to Refresh your Home

  1. Declutter and De-Stress

Now that you’ve put away all those Christmas decorations, dare to go one-step further and do away with all those home accessories and furniture pieces 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 is the perfect way to create a blank canvas to redesign and refresh your home décor!

2. Trend set with 2020’s Colour of the Year

Two decades after the new millennium was painted Cerulean Blue, the Pantone Colour of the Year for 2020 is Classic Blue – a familiar, calming shade of azure.

 “When we look at the world around us, we know that we’re living with a lot of unrest, where some days we don’t feel quite as secure,” Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Institute explains. “Blue, from an emotional, psychological standpoint, has always represented a certain amount of calm and dependability. It’s a colour that you can rely on.”

Refresh your home this New Year by injecting this timeless and enduring blue hue into your interiors. 

Use Classic Blue as an accent colour, punctuating throughout with new cushion fabrics artwork and homewares.  It is predicted a resurgence of lustrous blue taffetas and velvets as part of interior designs gradual return to traditional decorating styles.


  1. Reposition and Reset

Rearranging your furniture is the greener, cheaper and simpler way to refresh your rooms. In just a few simple movements, you can transform the ambience of a room and make a huge impact.

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

4. 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 Christmas, moving artwork into different rooms can have the desired effect!

5. Luxuriate with Cushion Fabrics

An affordable and gorgeously indulgent way to refresh your home for the new year, replacing your cushion fabrics is the perfect way to treat yourself in 2020!

It allows you to introduce a new accent colour to your decor or rich, tactile textures, setting the tone of the whole interior. We recommend cushion fabrics by Altfield, Wemyss, Zinc and Prestigious Textiles for a plush, quality feel.

6. Restyle Your Haven

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

We recommend bedding sets from The White Company, and luxurious bed throws from Johnston of Elgin. This can dramatically freshen up your bedroom, and more importantly, can help with the perfect night sleep.

  1. Ambient Aromas

Scent plays such an important role in interior design, dramatically influencing how we experience a space. The new year has arrived and it’s time for a new scent!

We recommend the luxurious candles and diffusers from Jo Malone and The White Company. We particularly like  the exotic Lime Basil and Mandarin candle and the Baobab Collection.

For more inspiration do take a look at our earlier blog entitled “Why scented candles are a must for interior design“. 

8. 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 say that things arranged in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered groupings. Three seems to be *the* magic number.”Apartment Therapy.

9. Freshen with Florals

Whether you opt for fresh flowers that emit an exquisite floral scent, or faux flowers that offer a beautiful authentic look, 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.

10. 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. We love lighting from Heathfield and Porta Romana.

If we can assist you incorporating some of these ideas into your home, please feel free to get in touch.

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