HOW TO PUT THE ‘SPARKLE’ BACK IN YOUR HOME AFTER CHRISTMAS
It’s that time of year again, Christmas has been and gone, the New Year celebrations are a distant memory, the weather is cold and dreary, and it’s not just our energy levels that are left feeling a little deflated. Once the decorations have gone, a home that looked perfectly fine in November can suddenly appear empty, lacklustre, and lacking in the sparkle of a few weeks ago.
Here are my five top tips to inject some much needed oomph back into your home after Christmas, helping it to feel lighter, brighter and energised through till Spring.
Bringing greenery into your home can instantly change the atmosphere of a room. Not only does it add a pop of colour, but plants can provide a calmer environment, leaving you feeling more optimistic and productive. House plants serve an important function by purifying the air, and can also help make a room look cleaner and more polished, whilst tiny succulents, are low maintenance and make fantastic focal displays. Buying a bunch of green leaves as opposed to flowers, can also make another great addition to a room. A large vase of eucalyptus for example, is not only cost effective but adds a beautiful colour and scent to your home.
Editing what’s in your home allows you to liberate your space, clear your mind, and make way for new energy and opportunities in your life. As William Morris wisely said, ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’! Children’s playroom’s and bedrooms are particularly susceptible to storing unloved toys and clutter, especially after Christmas. Free up space by creating storage where you can and be ruthless with either chucking, selling or charity shop-ing unwanted toys, clothes and books.
Freshen up your space and revitalise a room by playing around with your existing accessories, or furniture layout. Add books to your coffee table, move ornaments around on your shelves, and bring things in from other rooms. Organise your accessories around similar colours, group items of varying height and shape, and always arrange in odd numbers.
Spring is still a way off so bring warmth and coziness to your home environment by embracing the Danish art of Hygge. Turn your home into a meaningful and beautiful sanctuary by lighting candles for a calming atmosphere, and adding warming textures in the form of chunky knit cushions, faux fur throws and fluffy woollen rugs.
Breathe new life into your home this new year, by giving your room a touch of ‘newness’ ready for the season ahead. It may not be time to get rid of the heavy throws just yet, but you can inject softness and colour to a room by adding cushions of various sizes, texture and colours. Also try adding tie backs to window dressings to let as much light as possible into your rooms and frame your windows.
So there you have it, five very simple home update tips and tricks, to make your home feel new, fresh and exciting again!
A Guest Blog from Nikki Dunn
Nikki is a mum of two living in Cheltenham. She’s an interior and event stylist, and blogger at La Belle Vie . She loves interiors, baking, entertaining and being the hostess! She is also a guest blog contributor for celebration website and online store, Party Pieces .