Forget about fad diets and early morning jogging – the best resolution you can make this year is giving your home some love. So get ready to declutter and refresh with these great ideas.
1. Soften up your furnishings
Cushions and throws come with transformative powers built in. But don’t just limit yourself to a fresh batch on your sofa or bed – they’re handy all round the house. Try using them to turn an unloved corner of a room or a wide window into a reading nook or keep some by the back door to make outdoor furniture cosy.
Image source: Shabby Chic collection at House of Fraser
2. Declutter and store
If you’re hanging onto things but running out of room, it’s time to declutter. Not only will your home feel spacious but also more inviting. Get rid of anything beyond repair, donate items to charity and remove anything you’re still on the fence about and store for a few months to see if you miss it.
3. Wow your walls
Art isn’t just for your main rooms. Consider hanging pictures in less obvious places, such as a hallway, landing or cloakroom. Choose pieces with plenty of impact or try framing some personal mementos such as greeting cards, postcards and photo collages.
Image source: Debenhams
4. Revamp your bedding
It’s easy to forget about your bedroom in a home refresh but it’s worth spending time to make it more appealing. Try changing your linen for a set that’s brighter or patterned to give the space some character and add different types of lighting – a mix of floor and table lamps as well as overhead lighting on a dimmer.
5. Swap heavy curtains for voiles and blinds
Winter months call for thick window dressings but once the dark evenings have waned, make sure you’re not still missing out on daylight. Hang a lighter treatment in the rooms you spend the most time in so they feel naturally bright and cheery.
Image source: Dunelm
6. Deep clean nooks and crannies
Make time to give all those areas around your home a proper clean and you’ll be surprised at just how transformative it can be. Wash windows inside and out, stick your shower curtain in the wash (or swap it for a new one if it’s seen better days) and find out what all those attachments on your vacuum are for by getting into corners, high up around the ceiling and dust-busting your sofa and armchairs.
7. Bring in bouquets
A bunch of blooms needn’t be expensive – or even real for that matter (the latest faux flowers and plants are more convincing than ever) – but they’ll brighten up your home. Try a vase full on the dining table, a statement plant in your hallway, succulents in your bathroom (look for ones that love a warm, humid atmosphere), flowerheads in a bowl of water or even some pretty bud vases dotted around bedrooms.
Image source: Spring Bloom collection at Sainsburys
8. Turn your fireplace into a feature
When it’s not in use, a hearth is a great place to decorate. It’s simple to turn it into a focal point with clusters of lanterns, candles and vases at its base on either side. Ensure these aren’t too symmetrical and are different heights to add plenty of interest.
9. Make every room smell great
You can’t beat the feeling of walking in the door to be greeted by a lovely scent. Freshen up by opening your windows for 15 minutes a day, deodorise with baking soda (leave some in the fridge, pour it down drains with the hot tap running, sprinkle on sofas and carpets before vacuuming up, or try a little left in smelly shoes overnight) and add some fresh herbs in pots to your kitchen windowsill.
10. Fix minor snags
It’s easy to get used to the imperfections around our home but spare a few minutes to sort them and it’ll give your home a more polished feel. Fill cracks in walls, touch up chipped skirting with a lick of paint and tighten up or replace loose hinges or handles.
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