There’s nothing like walking into your home feeling relaxed and at ease because everything feels in place; because you’ve finally had the guts & glory to tackle that picture wall or you’ve finally picked that printed wallpaper which makes your insides all warm and fuzzy. You’ve worked hard all year and deserve that new tailored sectional which is the centerpiece of your living room and honestly more comforting than a delicious piece of chocolate after a stressful day. (Don’t judge us, if you don’t like chocolate, you are NO FRIEND OF OURS.) There’s something to be said about taking a design risk and seeing the rewards in the space you’ve created.

Today, we’re telling you our simple resolutions relating to design but are also challenging you to take the plunge. Make a change, see what you think. Guess what? You can always paint over that wall, you can always buy a new plant, you can always return that area rug. We will get through 2019 together, one color pallet at a time.

Out With The Old, In With The New

Before we get into making changes, taking risks and bringing the “new” into your New Year, let’s take a minute and go through what you’ve managed to gather in 2018 and figure out what stays and what goes. Decluttering can be really challenging for some, but cleaning out your closets, drawers and cabinets can lift such a weight off your shoulders. And let’s be real, we’ve all got some weight to lose after the holidays, are we right? Take the time to go through it all, so you can see what you really need. A simple organizer for a junk drawer is life changing, built-ins in your closet so you can fold those sweaters instead of hanging them and finally see that maybe you own too much black clothing. (We’re joking, there’s no such thing as too much black.) Start the year the right way, and feel great about it. Now… let’s have some fun.

More Green

We can’t stress this enough. You can never have too many plants in your home. Whether it be hanging plants taking over an empty corner, herbs in your kitchen, or cacti lining a window sill. The health benefits alone are more than enough reason to include them in your decor. Releasing oxygen, increasing humidity to fight illness, cleaning our air. Don’t make us get started about how they calm the soul. We remember the day a bright pink flower bloomed from one of our client’s houseplants and brought to life a pale pink accent wall. Small details can absolutely complete a space.  Don’t be afraid to bring the outdoors in – We certainly are not… have you been to our showroom?

Be Bold

We’re obsessed with wallpaper right now. The more bright, bold and detailed, the better. We’re here to tell you, you can achieve the same result with a bold paint color. Framing a fire place, accenting the wall in your entryway which people see as soon as they walk in the door. It’s paint. It’s simple. It creates a pop of color, a pop of bold and a pop of life. And we say, take the risk.

 

Make it a Brighter 2019

Lastly, let’s brighten things up with some unique and detailed lighting options. While a lamp on your nightstand is a more classic approach, a wall sconce on each side of the bed takes up less space and can create better light. Don’t get us wrong, we’ve have no hatred for table lamps. But instead of the nightstand or an end table, place one at each end of the banquet table in your dining room. Use them to frame the family portrait or an amazing piece of art. Even better, select taller table lamps which give the illusion of higher ceilings and are pieces of art all on their own. It’s all in the details and YOU are in charge.

Another area for some creativity is over the kitchen island in your open concept home. This can be the gathering point when entertaining guests and gives you the opportunity to make a statement. Choosing pendants that tie the space together, accentuates the details of your countertops or flooring, or just brightens up the room can make such an impact. Be confident in making choices that are outside of your comfort zone, the reward will be well worth it.

Our design New Year’s Resolutions are all simple yet impactful. Each on their own will make a statement, but if used together, they have a way of taking a space and making it whole.

 

So here’s to 2019. May the year bring health, happiness and all the designs achievements you’ve been dreaming about.

 

Cheers!

Photo Credits: Blank Slate, Décor Pad, Sunset, Schumacher & Contemporist