The new year is a time for change. This annual milestone is typically accompanied by new goals, plans, and objectives. Unfortunately, most people don’t keep their new year’s resolutions, often because the goals are so inconvenient that they become unsustainable. And if you’re busy, it’s twice as hard to remain steadfast.
With the new year right around the corner, we’ve compiled some relatively easy ways that can make small changes in your home this year. The ideas incorporate eye-catching new design trends as well.
Grow a green thumb
If you don’t have a green thumb, commit to buying at least one plant this year. And if you don’t kill it, you may discover that you actually like tending to plants. Besides adding beauty to your home, studies show that fresh flowers can lower anxiety and depression.
A dragon tree, a rubber tree or any kind of palm tree make eye-catching statements anywhere in a home. You can flank your sofa with one on each side or situate one in any corner. The bigger, the better here.
Instead of relying purely on aesthetics, you’ll want to allow the plant’s care-and-keeping instructions to dictate its placement in your home. Be sure to check how much sunlight and water a plant needs before purchasing it to ensure that whichever plants you end up using will flourish in their ideal environment.
Give your ceiling a pop of color
In 2020, we’ll start to see people taking advantage of the fifth wall – the ceiling has been ignored for too long. From wallpaper to molding and daring paint colors, the ceiling will be the place that people start taking chances and creating a ‘wow moment’ in their spaces.
Consider this look for spaces that you want to feel intimate, especially bedrooms and formal dining spaces. Here, you’ll want to keep the 10-30-60 rule in the forefront of your mind. Either continue to the ceiling with your base color, which covers 60 percent of the room, or make a strong statement by using your accent color – the last 10 percent – to add a pop of visual interest.
With more and more people adopting the “less is more’ attitude, we are seeing a shift in interior design. For 2020, go for more multi-functional spaces. Multi-functional furniture doesn’t just have to be for small apartments anymore. Think about incorporating it into any multi-use spaces, such as an office that pulls double-duty as a guest room. The key is to start thinking outside the box when it comes to functionality.
In 2020, bold colors are going to explode even more than they already have. Think navy blue, deep red, and burnt orange to really bring some excitement into the room.
Bringing bold colors into a room is all about creating balance. Make sure to pair your bold shade with calmer, neutral hues like white or gray. Use your bold color sparingly, either as a statement piece or an accent.
Recently, we’ve seen a lot of the modern looks that photograph well but feel very cold and clinical in-person. This year, add warmth to modern spaces in your home through mission-style details. Try patterned tile in a kitchen backsplash, texture on walls or terra cotta colors. It’s all about finding ways to inject more character into the room.