5 Fast Ways to Get your Home New Year Ready

traditional-dining-roomEmily Folllowill

The New Year is the perfect time to give your home a fresh start after the crazy Christmas chaos! New décor ideas, trends, and projects are a great way to improve your overall lifestyle for 2014. Here are 5 simple ways you can get your home New Year ready in a flash:

Don’t be Shy with Color

A change in your colour scheme is a direct and simple way to freshen up and energize any room without too much effort. 2014 will continue trending for bright and vivid colors and patterns like radiant orchid, cayenne, and dazzling blue. Try mixing and matching bold colours together or incorporate different shades of the same colour next to each other

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Less is More!

Some homeowners see a space in their house and naturally think it must be filled. However, used with clever lighting techniques, open spaces will create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Don’t cram too many furniture items into a room since it can make it super unappealing to live in, especially if you have young kids around. Have a good clear out of any unused objects to revive your home for 2014.

transitional-home-officeMartha O’Hara Interiors

Don’t Forget the Walls

Changing the style of the walls in a room can give the impression of a large renovation even if this isn’t actually the case. A new paint job or wallpaper style can quickly bring a bland space to live. I am in love with the look of the floral wallpapers from FADS witch I recently used to makeover my bedroom. I wallpapered one large blank wall with a vibrant pink floral damask to make a grand statement. You could also liven up blank walls with an oversized colourful work of art which works much better than grouping small pieces of artwork together.

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Roll out a New Rug

A new energetic rug can make all the difference to a space and welcome 2014 with style and color! There are countless styles of rugs in different shapes and sizes on the market. Choose one that best suits your space and make sure to opt for oversized not undersized! The biggest no-no is having a rug that is too small for your space. If your furniture is overlapping the rug, that’s okay!

leopard rug eclectic-home-officeMartha O’Hara Interiors

Bring in Fresh Flowers and Plants

Another good tip is to add fresh flowers or plants into the home. Colourful tulips or roses bring a friendly and creative sparkle when placed on your dining table or anywhere throughout your home. If you have a busy schedule or don’t have a green thumb, consider low-maintenance plants such as cacti and succulents. Use the bigger plant pots in hallways and smaller ones on window shelves or side tables.

eclectic-living-roomTamara Schechner