The new year is a time for change, typically accompanied by new plans and objectives. With a fresh year underway, last years trends behind us, and new ones on the horizon, it's prime time for us to mull over our own personal New Year's resolutions, as well as turn to some of our favourite interior goals to see what can be achieved in the year to come. From travel to risk-taking, there's no shortage of inspiration to be had and we have some surprising, fresh ideas that will help you get there.
The most important advice we can give you for 2020 is: make sure your resolution list includes easy to reach goals. We compiled a list of relatively simple ways that you can make small changes in your home this year. Try one of these lifestyle tweaks each day, and you'll jumpstart your mind and home to make 2020 your best year ever. Here's to a creative 2020!
BECOME A GREEN THUMB
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If you don’t have a green thumb, commit to buying at least one plant this year. Besides adding beauty to your home, studies show that fresh greenery can lower anxiety and depression. After you become more comfortable with indoor plants, you may discover that you actually like tending to plants and decide to start growing your own. Click here to find out how to freshen up your decor with indoor plants.
ENVIRONMENT & BANK ACCOUNT CARE
Be more energy efficient at home. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs, think about your insulation, tailor the heating to when you're actually at home - there really is no excuse not to do at least two things at home that care for the environment and your bank account. Double win!
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Much like fast fashion, it is time to be more conscious about your homeware purchases. Stop falling into the high street trap of what is 'hot right now', but won't be so hot in 12 months. It's time to think about what is going to last in your home and also who you want to support. With the growth of social media in recent years, your home is now visible to more people than those that come over for a cup of tea. The last thing you want is for it to look just like everybody else's. By hunting down the more unique pieces, you're also preserving artisanal tradition & craft. This is a point Lilla Rugs strives to support each and every day.
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Hate having to clean clutter? Here’s a thought: don’t let clutter accumulate in the first place. If you can hardly see your counters through all the papers and not-yet-put-away groceries, consider cleaning as you go. There is a decluttering movement that speaks to home dwellers as a way of making space for a zen mentality. Take 20 minutes to whisk it all where it belongs, and it can help you eat more mindfully in days to come. Remember to get into the habit of picking things up and putting them away as you’re walking around the house and working in various rooms.
If you want to go a step further? Embrace minimalist interior design styles where openness and visual tranquility are the expected results.
ORGANISE AND LABEL
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The new year is the perfect time to set resolutions and get a fresh start on organising your life and space. Purge items that are holding both physical and emotional space, relying on smart storage solutions like containers or boxes to house smaller items. These can be purchased at almost any big box store, and labels help you keep everything neatly organised, as well as contributing to a happy design space. We offer more advice for home organisation here.
BE BOLD WITH COLOUR
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Is 2020 the year to shake things up a little? Going bold with colour packs a visual punch. It is a sure way to quickly revamp an interior design with exciting impact and create a serious statement.
Colour can add visual depth and interest to a room; it can stimulate you or calm you down depending on the colour and tone. So make sure your bold colours stay sophisticated, by choosing shades that aren't too bright. Bold paint colours with muted tones are going to feel more visually soothing. Additionally, determine your level of commitment, if you're not too sure you want to go all in, experiment with accessories by introducing a colourful centrepiece rug.
CALM CHAOTIC ZONES
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Life is too hectic for your home to not be a quiet respite from it all. A relaxed vibe should start as soon as you step in the door, so make the chaotic zone by the entrance a calm, happy space. The solution? Make its organisation brainless. Keep tidy boxes tucked away under a side table and move art or flowers from the living room and invest in a mirror or a colourful rug.
MAKE YOUR HOME MORE FRAGRANT
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Smell is often called humans’ most powerful sense. It’s associated with the parts of the brain that process emotion and store memories, certain aromas can affect mood. So when it comes to our homes, we want them smelling fresh. Research shows that vanilla makes people more relaxed and joyful, while peppermint can boost energy and lavender can zap stress. Make sure to use natural scents, that won’t be overwhelming but can neutralise bad odours in your home.