What are your New Year’s resolutions? To start going to the gym? To spend more time with the family? Personal development is great, but improvements don’t have to be restricted to you as a person. The New Year is also the perfect time to set a few resolutions for your home, in particular your living room. So, with that in mind, here are five New Year’s resolutions for you to consider for your living room.
1. Loose the Unwanted Weight
If you live in a perfectly streamlined home, well done. If not, you’re not alone. Post-Christmas, your living room probably looks like a bomb has hit it, and no doubt you’ve collected a whole lot more tat that you didn’t need or want in the first place. Time to be ruthless and rid yourself of anything that isn’t contributing to the quality of your life. Firstly, de-decorate. Yes, that’s right, de-decorate. Remove as much as possible from your living room, keeping artwork, pictures, ornaments and the like to a minimum – a cluttered space will do nothing to improve your sense of wellbeing. Also, invest in some more storage to hide away those bits and pieces that have a habit of collecting in your living room – a coffee table with built-in storage is ideal for this purpose. And finally, lighten up the space with some bright colours. Dark spaces can feel oppressive, so add some cheerier shades that will ‘lift’ the room.
2. Make A Few Simple Changes
It really doesn’t take much time or effort refresh your living room. You could rearrange your furniture, or find a new and interesting way to utilise the space. Why not put up some new curtains, change the fabric on your sofa, hang an unusual piece of art, or create an accent wall? There are plenty of easy ways to prevent your surroundings from becoming stale.
3. Continue to Improve
Remember, change for the better is a continuing process. If you’re not happy with something, don’t be afraid to do something about it. And, keeping an eye on what needs improving is not just good from an aesthetic point of view, it also means you will be more likely to notice maintenance issues, stay on top of wear-and-tear, and so on. This can make all the difference to how happy and comfortable you feel in your own home, and if you decide to sell up at some point at least you won’t be running around desperately trying to fix all those minor problems.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Set Yourself Challenges
Ever wanted to paint your living room an unusual colour, but were unsure about it for one reason or another? Fancy giving your living room a theme – 1960s perhaps? Or personalising it so that it the space is more reflective of who you are as a person? Well, it’s time to set that challenge and commit to it. Even if it doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped, at least you tried something new, and more than likely learnt a few things along the way.
5. Avoid ‘Quick Fixes’
Okay, so you’ve made a resolution, and now you want to make that resolution happen as quickly as possible. Whilst there is something to be admired in this go-getting attitude, it can also lead to mistakes. Quick fixes often result in improperly installed equipment, frayed carpeting, bad paint jobs, and much worse besides. Any plan, home design or otherwise, implemented quickly and without much preparation or forethought can be disastrous, leading to more work than if you had planned things properly in the first place. Whatever changes you have in mind for your living room, think them through carefully first.