With the New Year fast approaching it’s the perfect time to give your home a refresh. As most people have a little bit of down time over the holiday season it’s the ideal time to get rid of any unnecessary items you might have collected over the past twelve months and to introduce new trends into your home.
Financially, you might be thinking at this time of year it seems unrealistic to redecorate but, with the Boxing Day and January sales round the corner there are plenty of bargains ready to be snatched up.
Clear Out the Clutter
Don’t wait until spring to have your annual clear out, the time is now! Not only will your house look better but you’ll feel better too, with a tidy house comes a tidy mind.
Clearing out your home can be overwhelming and you often don’t know where to start. The best thing to do is to start with the area of your house that annoys you the most – maybe you have stacks of mess on shelves in your living room or your spare room has become a room where you never venture any more because it’s just a store room of items you didn’t know what to do with.
Once you get going you’ll start getting into the rhythm and have your own system of sorting. Keep in mind that you should be ruthless though, don’t keep something ‘just in case’ because the chances are, that if there ever does come a time where you need it, you probably won’t be able to find it anyway.
Don’t think that you have to send everything to the landfill, with the need to be more eco-conscious in the Earth’s current state, when looking through things you don’t want you should ask yourself; “Can I sell this? Can I donate this?” One person’s trash may be another’s treasure.
Selling the best quality items on a site like eBay or on a local selling group on Facebook can earn you a little bit of extra cash that you can put towards your budget for purchasing new pieces in the sales. If it’s not quite good enough to sell on eBay, but you still think there is some life left in it, you should take it down to your local charity shop and donate it, you’ll be helping someone in need.
Taking on the Sales
With pretty much every shop on the high street and online offering big discounts on a lot of their items this sale season you’ll definitely find yourself some great bargains.
Refreshing your home and introducing new trends shouldn’t put a stress on your pockets. Some shops even offer exclusive online only discounts which are sometimes bigger than discounts in store. Similarly, some shops also do exclusive offers in store rather than online so do your research and look around to see who is putting on the biggest sales.
Don’t dive straight into sale shopping with no plan, you’ll spend more money than you have and probably end up with three toasters because you thought they were the bargain of the century – you don’t want to replace the clutter you just cleared with more useless items.
You need to set yourself a budget so you don’t go overboard (you still need to eat this month remember!) and write yourself a list of items you know you are 100% sure that you want to buy, but don’t forget to keep in mind the new trends for this year.
If you don’t want to experience the in-store mayhem, being sandwiched between hundreds of other shoppers looking for that same coffee machine or end table, then stick to online shopping, you’ll avoid the stress and many companies offer free home delivery on most orders.
Some shops even have a ‘click and collect’ service so you can go and pick up everything at the shop later when the crowds have died down, giving you the opportunity to have a look around for that last few bargains.
Trends For 2016
The trends for 2016 are less about themes with more focus on texture and colour combinations. Mixes of velvets, suedes and faux furs should be put with contrasting materials such as metals, concrete, stone and wood to create depth to a room.
Bold colours, particularly primary colours, will also be big in 2016 – not to cover your whole living room but as a feature wall, a backsplash in your kitchen or a statement rug, chair or lamp. Pantone’s decision to name two colours of the year instead of one reinforces this trend of contrasting colours. On the 4th of December 2015 Pantone announced Rose Quartz and Serenity as the colours of the year. A warm toned pink and a cool toned blue, said to be “an antidote to modern day stresses” and to symbolise the “societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity”.
Another trend to look out for is eco, nature and sustainability. As we’re becoming more conscious of our impact on the Earth, we’re seeing that being reflected in interior design, not only aesthetically but also practically, as more and more furniture is being produced from ethically sourced materials.
You can bring this trend into your home with something as simple as additions of house plants, a new solid oak dining table or if you’re feeling up to a bit of DIY, why not make a new coffee table out of old wooden pallets.
Sticking with sustainability, repurposing and upcycling furniture is still going strong. If you’ve got a tired looking chest of drawers or a dull set of wooden dining rooms chairs, get a friend to help you give them a new lease of life whether that’s just a bit of sanding and a coat of varnish, or a complete overhaul and painting them a whole new colour.
Whilst you have some time off between Christmas and New Year, use these days to really get creative with your home and shake things up ready for 2016.