A new decade demands a new vibe, a reflection of how we live and feel as a society moving into 2020. A new year also brings a new color palette for interior design around the world. Whether it’s time for a total transformation or you’re just in need of a few new splashes of color, these are the new hues you’ll be seeing everywhere in 2020.
Overall, things seem to be lightening up. Design experts are using color as a way to express optimism for the future. The hues of 2020 are the soft and muted, light and airy with a nod to nature as well as a look ahead to a bright future filled with technological advancements. Pink is one of the hottest hues of the new decade. Soft, muted blushes will steal the show in home design. Benjamin Moore named First Light, a pastel pink, its color of the year. Here, pink is re-imagined as a new neutral, being featured in living and dining rooms. Stylists are pairing pink with natural beige and white and bursts of gold to keep the hue modern and sophisticated. To add a more masculine touch, use navy and deep green to balance the look.
Move Over Gray!
Benjamin Moore isn’t the only one betting on a pink in a new decade. Other paint experts are handpicking a dozen soft and earthy hues for 2020. Gray is taking second place for 2020.
Mix it up!
Sherwin Williams is seeing the future a bit more bold as mentioned in a previous blog, with their Naval, a rich blue, as its color of the year. The fabulous blue sets a fabulous backdrop for earthy greens and brown as well as bright white for contrast. Pairing it with the new pastel pink adds a surprise element to the mix.
Another color that global experts expect to see is Neo-mint, a futuristic color that blends nature and technology in a unique way for 2020. This hue for 2020 will brighten up any room especially the bedroom.
Whether you are looking to refresh a room or two with a new color scheme for your home or starting over, these new hues or 2020 will be an easy start for something new!
From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between
The start of a new decade is a perfect time to try fresh decorating trends. Whether you’re thinking about a minor refresh or a total renovation, you’ll want to take a peek at these trends to see if any of them will play a part in your home decorating for this year. You can make a very simple change by adding a new piece of art to your gallery wall. But if you want to make a more impactful change then try one of these hot home decorating ideas. After researching many of the trends that we will be seeing this year, I’m sure there will be at least one idea you’ll want to try.
Color of the Year!
One of the most noticeable decorating trends for 2020 will be color! Sherwin Williams and Pantone, two of the nation’s leading paint companies have both introduced the color of the year to be different versions of navy blue. Yes, it’s back but in a different way. Sherwin William’s version called Naval is a “rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence”. On the other hand Pantone’s version called Classic Blue will be “instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Navy provides the perfect amount of contrast in both traditional and modern interiors. In addition, it is considered a dark neutral, so it pairs well with a variety of other colors.
If you cringe at the thought of floral wallpaper, then this may be the year that changes your mind. Floral wallpaper has been a classic for years, but now you will see the pretty pattern with a twist. Large scale patterns in bold color and even some with metallic versions will be quite noticeable this year. You’ll find these pretty colors and patterns in foyers and in bathrooms primarily. But don’t skip over a beautiful dining room if it calls for a statement look with this decorating trend!
Free Standing Tubs
Another trend that is emerging is the enlarged shower stalls, free-standing tubs, and painted bathroom cabinets. These are a just few of the new bathroom trends you’ll see in home decor and remodeling for 2020. Whether you love trends or will typically go to great lengths to avoid them, these changes will add value to your home and give it a very updated look. So, get started!
Rattan and Wicker
Another decorating trend for 2020 is the come back of rattan and wicker. Rattan and wicker are popping up everywhere! I love to see this trend re-emerging. From furniture to baskets, to round ottomans and lighting, this look warms up a space with texture in a fresh and exciting way. It’s a great balance between modern and traditional style. This is another way to start fresh for 2020.
Don’t expect to see vintage everywhere, but you will see accents showing up in spindles, spooled legs, and other details from the early 1800’s and 1900’s. History has a way of repeating itself, but always in fresh new ways! Use it sparingly instead of incorporating it into the entire style your home.
This year will bring fresh decorating ideas and unusual elements to the interior design world. I’m very excited to start the new year with these trends in mind. Keep your eye out for these big changes!
When the days start getting shorter and the nights cooler more than just your wardrobe needs to start transitioning from the “Dog Days of Summer” to the cool days of Fall. Here are a few quick and easy ways to transition your home from summer’s cool decor to the warm earthy fall decor.
Want to start small with introducing fall decor into your home? Then try adding a vignette in your foyer. Use a mix of beautiful ceramics and vintage pieces with accents of natural elements, including pine cones and rustic items like twigs from outdoors. In addition, vary heights and colors to allow the eye to flow easily across the vignette.
Fall Table Décor
You don’t have to go over the top to bring a fall-inspired look to your interior space. It can be as simple as decorating your dining table with small pumpkins and a pedestal dish. Place a tall floral centerpiece with autumn colors in the center to add height to the space.
Although fall decor is normally associated with a rustic design scheme, it can still bring elegance to your home. Instead of the expected orange pumpkins, try displaying white pumpkins at varying heights for a more sophisticated look. Stagger pumpkins on a stack of old books and vintage candlesticks to add visual interest to a mantel or table.
With cooler temperatures in the air, now is the perfect time to add a fur throw to your favorite chair or sofa. Layer some pillows in this fall’s popular colors to stay trendy. Fall decor doesn’t have to be pricey or extravagant. A touch here and there can set the tone of the season.
Add Seasonal Color
Do you want to add a punch of fall color to your home? Hang a colorful tapestry on the wall or invest in a colorful chair or couch for starters. You’ll be amazed how it changes the feel and energy of a room. And don’t forget to add a colorful rug to tie it all together! Remember to add a few accessories in the same colors to unify the space. This will help achieve a smooth transition from summer to fall decor.
Now that your home is all ready for fall you can enjoy spending some time outdoors during this wonderful time of the year.
Almost everyone loves the look and feel of a cozy farmhouse style. Back in the day the early settlers utilized elements from their surroundings which satisfied their need for sturdy, practical furnishings. Farmhouse style has stood the test of time and evolved into a more modern but still very functional look.
Here are some defining differences between Classic Farmhouse and Modern Farmhouse style.
Characteristics of Classic Farmhouse Style
Natural wood accents: The very first element is wood! It was abundant and therefore, became the natural building material. Many farm homes had paneled wood walls, wide-plank floors and exposed wood beams. The current classic farmhouse style often uses barn board or ship lap for paneling and wood for countertops.
Kitchen Apron sinks: The kitchen was the gathering place and still is today. Most kitchens had an apron sink. In a classic farmhouse, this sink is usually porcelain.
Furniture and accessories: Vintage furnishings are an easy way to decorate in classic farmhouse style. It’s best if they’re not in perfect condition and they could even have weathered finishes. Vintage style lighting looks ideal in a classic farmhouse especially the ones with a little bling!
Fabrics Selections: Floral and paisley, ticking and plaid echo Classic Farmhouse for sure. Use them on window treatments, pillows or slipcovers.
Characteristics of Modern Farmhouse Style
Modern Touches: Take the comfortable, relaxed farmhouse style and add a cleaner look.
Accents and Accessories: To achieve this look add smooth lines, glossy accents and neutral color schemes.
Use Contemporary Design: Modern farmhouse is more sophisticated and uses contemporary design elements like stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and sleek lighting and cleaner lines in furniture.
Practicality: When designing a Modern Farmhouse design, keep in mind, furnishing and accessories should be comfortable and practical. In addition, you want them to welcome you into the room, and things shouldn’t be too fussy. The room should look like it evolved over time.
Stay with a neutral palette: Choose a neutral palette to make the room appear fresh and open. Cool or warm neutrals such as cream, beige, silver and grey all work well and balance natural elements. Equally important, is to keep patterns simple and contemporary and be sure to bring depth to the space with a variety of textures. Rugs, baskets and natural objects work well here.
Industrial touches: With modern farmhouse style you can also add touches of the industrial style for an updated current look. For example, use a stainless-steel apron sink and appliances. The same goes for lighting, add a chandelier and pendants that have a sleek and more modern look.
prefer the Classic or Modern version of the farmhouse style, they both offer a
cozy, comfortable and welcoming feel to a home! If you need help pulling it all
together to achieve your Farmhouse look, give me a call!
to Contemporary and Everything in Between
Need a change? Try these Top Summer Decorating Trends
Summer has officially arrived, and this is a good time to start thinking about bringing the top summer decorating trends into your home for easy room updates.
Begin this season with some of CH Interior Designs’ top summer home decorating trends that are sure to brighten your summer days and nights as we move towards the warmer months ahead.
Here’s a look at some of the things
you may want to consider when taking in the top summer decorating trends of
this year. Whether its adding splashes of color on your walls or switching out
your window treatments to painting your front door, you’re bound to find
something that will brighten your home for summer!
Energize with Color
Open the drapes and blinds to allow
all the natural light in. Then add a vibrant splash of color to bring summer
indoors. This season, summer home decor is all about bright, saturated colors
and you can achieve a summery decor look without having to spend serious
amounts of time and money.
It could be a new set of bold,
patterned throw pillows to liven up your chairs and sofas, a colorful one of a
kind lamp to make a change from the usual neutrals, or a refreshing piece of artwork
that focuses on your favorite summer color combinations. If too much color
isn’t your thing, try blending some soft neutrals with some unusual textures
and just a hint of your favorite color to make your space interesting.
Who loves Animal Prints?
Even if you’re not an animal lover,
striking animal prints are a great way to bring the feel and energy of the
outdoors into your summer home decorating updates. Nothing reminds you of the
sun more than a vibrant animal print, like leopard or zebra. Think accent chair
or an accessory with a playful take on animal prints.
You could even go for some animal
themed wall art to set off your space perfectly with a touch of the exotic for
a refreshed take on everyday glamor. Keep the look minimal with your animal
prints, so the look stays clean and pared back. A little goes a long way!
White Wood is a Great Summer Decorating Trend
A great way to brighten a room and embrace summer home decorating trends is to switch out your dark wood furniture for fresh white options. Go for white painted wood if your in the market for new furniture or cabinets so your home feels lighter and brighter. But if you want to make use of your current furniture, then it’s time to get out the paintbrushes and start some easy ‘Do It Yourself’ updates.
If you don’t want to go through all
the work, opt for some white throws to drape over dark wood sofas and chairs,
to give your room a brightness boost. This way, any room in your home will also
A summery pattern is a great way to get on board with summer home decorating. Choose bright colors and bold patterns and prints, allowing you to bring a splash of summer in throughout your home. From pretty florals to fresh yellow-green geometrics to bold and eclectic prints and patterns, the options are endless. Step out your comfort zone here and have some fun with it!
Consider some fresh throw pillows or switch up your upholstery. Or you can even amp up your summer outdoor home decor with some new lounge chairs. Opt for a more season-less approach when it comes to outdoor décor. Go for a more minimal look on summer prints and patterns by sourcing muted pastels and soothing watercolor-inspired prints.
Yellow, what a happy color! It is
the undisputed dominant color of summer, so use hints of it everywhere
throughout your home. Don’t be shy, go for yellow soft furnishings, yellow
accessories, and yellow wherever else you can squeeze it in. From soft, light
yellows, to bold citric and strong mustard tones, there is so much scope for
yellow in summer home decorating trends.
Perfect for an accent wall and
entire rooms alike, yellow is the epitome of summer. But since the season
unfortunately passes so quickly, I suggest going for minimal splashes of
yellow, like in pillows and ceramics as well as fresh flowers. These touches
ensure that it’ll never go out of style or look out of place, no matter the
Oh, That Front Door!
Does your front door need a face lift? So many of them take a beating from the weather. A fun summer home decorating trend that I’m seeing more of, is vividly painted doors. Doors are often overlooked when it comes to interior design. While this idea offers something not often thought of, it will liven up the entire entry of your home as it’s such a unique option!
Choose an inviting lively yellow, or
blue or even something like an orange or a pink. You don’t have to go for a
color which is too bright here, as it’s not something you see every day. Even
pastel shades will work wonders for updated summer home decor. If your front door is in good shape try repainting it to really
make a defining statement.
Brighter Window Treatments
Summeris the time to shed
those heavy, insulating curtains and replace them with something light and airy
to let the sunshine in. You want to be able to let the light in but still be
able to block out the sun when it’s hot that comes with summer days. I love a soft
flowing sheer white curtain when it comes to a savvy summer home decorating
idea for the windows.
This look gives you the lightness and brightness, you’re craving while
blocking out the worst of the midday sun. And the best thing about sheer white window
treatment panels is that they make for an affordable update that will never
go out of style.
This is the Easiest Way to Brighten Things Up for Summer
Just remember when it comes to
updating your summer home decor, a lighter color scheme will always feel
refreshing and soothing while revitalizing the energy. One of the least
expensive and most effective ways to completely transform any room is through a
fresh coat of paint.
Whether you go for soothing neutrals, or an accent wall featuring a completely unexpected, mood-enhancing color, you can almost never go wrong with a fresh coat of paint. And I say almost because while it’s great to bring in a unique hue, you’ll almost certainly tire of it and you’ll find that it limits your other summer home decor choices. So, opt for something with a timeless appeal that won’t affect a potential resell of your home.
If you need help pulling it all together give me a call!
From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!
Temperatures are rising and summer is showing its refreshing face, and that means longer days, more sunshine, and extra outdoor living with family and friends. Here are some ways to make the most of the better weather and how to incorporate outdoor decorating and entertaining ideas to your space based on your summer style!
For a relaxed and laid-back outdoor feel, opt for some comfortable outdoor
seating and add strawberry mint margaritas to the mix!
Summer is here and you’re probably already planning those outdoor gatherings with your friends and family while soaking in the sun. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, you’ll need comfortable seating. Try an outdoor sofa – or two – which makes conversation with guests much easier and fun. In addition, try a couple of outdoor accent chairs and a pop of color with some accent pillows, and yours is sure to be the favorite outdoor haven this summer.
Here’s a recipe for a refreshing drink to serve while your grill master is cooking up the food!
Strawberry Mint Margarita
and tangy this recipe serves 4
1 cup of strawberries
1 cup of tequila
Handful of fresh mint leaves
½ cup of lime juice
Agave syrup (optional, to taste)
2. For a family style outdoor entertaining area, try a large farmhouse style table, perfect for serving all of your favorite summertime recipes.
If you are planning on entertaining the whole family plus more, you’ll need a table big enough to accommodate the entire crew. A farmhouse table is the perfect choice. Mix it up a little with different chairs and bench seating to help accommodate lots of little ones while giving adults their own spot at the table. And remember to pick a bouquet of fresh flowers from the garden to use for a beautiful centerpiece. Most importantly, use a family-sized grill to help you cook a large amount of food at once so everyone can eat at the same time.
3. If your outdoor style is quaint and colorful, then bright outdoor rugs and watermelon might be a good fit for you.
If you want to add welcoming color, add a colorful outdoor rug to a deck space or covered patio. It will add energy and whimsy to any outdoor space. Not only are these rugs fun and beautiful, but they are easy to clean and light weight for storage purposes. Without a doubt, these rugs will make your outdoor spaces feel cozy and inviting!
Watermelon is a popular summer food – it’s sweet, juicy, and usually big enough to share with large groups of people. But more than just a good cool off, watermelon is 92 percent water and contains antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin A and vitamin C. Try making your watermelon extra special, use cookie cutters to create fun shapes. Or for another fun surprise try grilling it as a side dish!
Grilled Watermelon Recipe:
This is a delicious alternative to
the traditional way of serving watermelon
6 slices of (seedless!) watermelon, cut to about 1.25 inches thick
5 tablespoons of olive oil
It’s your turn, are you ready for outdoor decorating and entertaining? Which style do you love? If you need some help pulling it all together, please reach out to me!
From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!
Are you one of the many people who feel overwhelmed with the decorating process of your home? Over the years I have helped many clients design and decorate their homes. Some projects were large and some were “just moved in” projects. And do you want to know the number one thing every single one of them had in common? The feeling of being overwhelmed.
Decorating and designing your home, whether it’s one room or the whole house, can be an overwhelming thing to do on your own. There are so many things to consider and coordinate. Where do I buy things? Where do I hang wall art? Which patterns compliment each other? What color palette do I want to begin with? How do I arrange my furniture? And, although there are some exceptional design resources at our fingertips today, all the checklists in the world do not take away the feeling of being overwhelmed when doing it on your own. Having someone who is like a good friend to walk you through it can smooth the way through whole process!
You Don’t Know What You Can’t See
Redesigning the interior of a home or room looks so easy on The Learning Channel. I too watch with amazement at how everything seems to just miraculously fall into place! But I also know, that nothing miraculously falls into place, ever! There are many steps in between the photo shoots that you don’t see to make the project come together.
It would be fun to have one of the star-studded designers come into your home while you stand by and watch as their team disassembles and then reassembles the entire place while being filmed. But trust me, most people prefer to sit down with a professional and explore ideas of what is possible for their space, on their budget, and in their time frame.
Talking with a professional interior designer should not be a difficult task. It is our job to break down into step-by-step increments all that you wish to accomplish. And no two projects ever have the same details, so don’t feel discouraged to ask more about what you don’t understand or what you really want to happen. It is your home, your life and what you do inside of that space should fit you, your budget and your style.
What Actually Happens When You Meet With a Professional Interior Designer?
Many people are afraid to seek the expertise of a professional interior designer because they think it will be difficult to get the look they want, over budget, and time-consuming. After twenty years of designing interiors, I assure you that every project needs a plan, and that is where I begin.
Whether you have a large or small project, I begin by asking questions and listening to your design needs, budgetary concerns, and desires for your home. This is our chance to get to know one another and fully embrace who you are and what you are hoping to achieve in your project.
Once we have a general idea of your design goals I create a design concept plan and organize that plan and present options to you. Then the fun begins! We start by choosing color schemes, furniture layouts, and determining the products and styles that will fit with your plan. I continually help guide you through the decision making process. The greatest part about working with a professional interior designer too, is that we have so many resources to choose from that are not available elsewhere. This helps tremendously in getting the look you want for your home. And that is the part of the process that is like the TV shows; professional designers understand what you need and know exactly where to get what you want!
After working to put together products, materials and a layout that meet your needs, we begin to finalize your project. However, many times these ideas and suggestions spark a whole new plan or an idea you haven’t considered before, especially if you find something in the mix that is a must have! We can always make adjustments along the way, all you are doing is making the choices that are right for you and your home. I cannot stress how amazing this part of the process is for clients because they realize how much time and energy they have saved instead of struggling on their own. That is why projects can be completed with a set framework. It is not just “weekend shopping”, it is a professional designer’s full-time job to get your project done so you can really start living in your home!
Where Do I Begin To Plan My Project?
It’s as easy as 1,2,3! If you feel overwhelmed by all there is to accomplish in your home or if you just need some tips and guidance for your DIY project and would like the guidance of a professional and experienced designer to sit down and talk with you about your design goals, please reach out to me! Below is my contact information.
Brenda Weber~CH Interior Designs~10 N. Main St. Suite D~Waynesville, OH 45068 937-545-9171
the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light.
The magic of color is knowing that it is all about light! It is that little “oomph” that is missing when you walk into your room. We tend to spend so much time selecting furniture, paint, flooring, etc. but then the room still feels just that little bit of flat, am I right? Well, enter the world of color!
Add color without a major makeover
Color is an amazing design element that doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, it is one of those wonderful details that can be added in a variety of ways, simply. Spring is the perfect time to think about makeovers and I have a few tips to share with you on how to do that with color – simply! So let’s work together to find a few new ways to bring it all together with a POP of Color!
1. Go for big, colorful art…
Don’t be afraid to add large colorful accessories to your walls. One large piece may be all you need to get the juices flowing. A colorful canvas, wall tapestry or beautiful framed photography are good places to start. Or try arranging several smaller ones in a wall collage to create an impressive composition.
2. Use pillows and throws…
This is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make your room pop with color. There are so many different patterns and colors that you can pair together. Try a chevron pattern with a floral or a diamond pattern with a stripe. Layer different sizes and shapes as well. Throw in a “throw” in your favorite color. This will even more interest to your room. The pairings are limitless!
3. Forgo the neutrals and go for window treatments in a crazy color…
Window treatments can be very versatile and serve as a soft backdrop to a room or add that pop of color and pattern that can’t go unnoticed. Try utilizing neutral colors in your large pieces of furniture and pop the color on the windows! There are so many styles of window treatments to choose from. If you’re looking for something minimal, valances or toppers may do the trick or if you want something more elaborate, try long panels that flank the sides of the windows. Decorative rods and rings add to the impact and complete the total look.
4. Don’ forget to add a colorful area rug to pull it all together…
An area rug can be the inspiration piece just as a piece of wall art. Begin or finish your ‘pop of color project’ with a colorful area rug. Rugs serve purposes other than adding color and texture to a room. They also add acoustics and comfort underfoot. Too many hardwood or tile surfaces in a home can create a cold feel and the echoing of sounds. Continue to add accessories and furniture using the colors from your inspiration piece in the ways mentioned above.
5. Fill your home with plants and floral arrangements…
I have found that this simple earthy addition of indoor plants creates warmth to a space and brings the outdoors in. Whether it’s live greenery or faux flower arrangements, this accessory creates a comfortable and relaxing feel to a room. Live indoor plants have been known also to create health benefits. So, don’t skip this step!
Pulling It All Together
Adding color to your home doesn’t have to be just bright and bold. If you’re not a big fan of bright colors, try some subtle touches of earthy warm colors to do the trick. Get creative and use your imagination to create the look you want and have fun with it! Open the curtains and let the light shine in and see just where you need a little brightness and pop to pull the whole room together. Adding color can add a statement or let every other element fall into place. It’s your home, so do it your way!
If you need another perspective or just want some advice on making a particular room more inviting, I am happy to help. I have some great sources for unusual artwork, window treatments, and accessories – and that may be all you need to get started, so just give me a call!
From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!
Is your home on trend? Check out these new design trends for 2019!
The beginning of a new year sparks fresh ideas and a reboot personally as well as for our home. Always remember to stick with what you love, regardless of what’s in or out. If your goal is to refresh your home with a new coat of paint or to add a pretty piece of furniture or to update your kitchen or bath, here are some trends that I found emerging for this year. You may want to try one of these top design trends yourself!
What’s In – Natural Accents
This year, there is great interest in the relationship between nature and people and how bringing the outdoors inside creates a welcoming and refreshing interior of a home. Anything that reminds us of nature such as wood floors, stone, and daylight and plant life will make you and your home feel more comfortable and inviting. With our machine and technology driven society, we are also nostalgic about past craftsmanship and handiwork, and appreciate hand made products. Opportunities to use custom mill-work and crafted materials are very important and never go out of style.
What’s Out – Accent Painted Walls
In the 80’s and 90’s accent walls were an instant way to make a room look like it was decorated. But instead, try incorporating a textured wall or wainscotting made from milled wood or wall paper on one wall in a room. Our color consultation services are available to help you discover a pop of color for your home.
What’s In – Bold wall Color
Our clients are getting much more adventurous. Sherwin William’s Cavern Clay is an ideal color for flattering and design-forward aesthetics. It’s a warm and earthy hue that is both casual and refined. It can be a backdrop of a playful, welcoming dining room or kitchen. Pair this color with some bright tiles, warm stone and sculptural greenery for a fabulous look and feel to your home.
What’s out – Mid-Century Everything
Mid Century Modern style is a fun and casual look and can bring back memories of days gone by, but it can be overdone and seem like a time capsule. I prefer to mix things up a little to make your decor style look more interesting.
What’s in-Comfort Everything
From soft carpets underfoot to luxury bedding so comfortable you’ll want to lounge for hours. Add soft pillows and window treatments to create a look that invites you into your special space. Spending the money to get these basic things right are very important and are incredibly gratifying.
What’s Out-Cool Grays
I’m seeing a trend now of grays being replaced with white and warm neutrals. Let’s face it, gray can be a little boring and drab! If gray is a must have for you be sure to mix it with white and warm wood tones. You can also add a splash of color in your accessories.
Do what you Love!
Regardless of what’s in or out in design trends, its important that your home reflects who you are and what you love! From beautiful accessories to your favorite color palette, every home can be designed to look and feel fabulous!
From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!
If you’re sick and tired of your disorganized home, and you’ve resolved to finally do something about it, the first thing you need to do is clean out. Take a day (or two) to go through closets, shelves, boxes and overflowing drawers to get rid of items you don’t need. A good rule of thumb is, “if you don’t use it, lose it.” Give to charity, pass on to friends or family or sell it. Once you get rid of useless items that just take up space, you’ll be amazed at how much better every room in your home looks.
Add storage solutions to every room in your home
Once you’ve cleaned out your unused items, it’s time to find storage solutions for items you do have. Time to tidy up the books and magazines piled on desks and coffee tables and the clothing piled on the bedroom floors. Rather than drowning in clutter, invest in some book shelves for your must-reads. In addition, consider installing floating shelves for collectibles or placing belongings in nice baskets under tables or on shelves.
Find storage furniture
Think about investing in furniture that doubles as storage units. There are beds, ottomans, coffee tables and more that have ample space hidden within to instantly eliminate clutter. This is especially useful if you have young children — just pop the toys into an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table to tidy the living room in no time. Do you have an old shelving unit in the garage that you’re not using? Give it a fresh coat of paint and a new home in a room that needs organized.
Use wall space to keep your home tidy
Maximize vertical space by adding hooks and shelves where you can. This will get things off the ground and create more space. Everything from laundry bags on a hook behind the door (rather than in a basket on the floor) to extra coats on hooks in the hall. This beats shoving things into the closet and makes for a much tidier home. You can even hang up extra blankets in the guest bedroom if there’s no room to house them elsewhere. Think of unusual spaces and places you can use for storage.
Keep it going
If you want to really stick to your resolution to be more organized this year, try to stay consistent and keep it going. Just doing it once and then immediately falling back into old patterns won’t get you anywhere. For example, do a little bit every day and when you’re in the mood! Promise yourself that once you have storage solutions you’ll actually use them. Equally important, let your family members know too! This means no more clothes on the floor and no more books on the kitchen table. Get rid of what you don’t use and make sure you stay committed to staying organized. And make that bed!
From Classic to Contemporary and Everything in Between!