With a fresh year under the way, new interior design trends for 2023 on the horizon, and last year’s trends bidding farewell, it’s prime time to set practical and useful new year’s resolutions for your interior. After all, it’s the place where you relax and recharge, bond with family, cook your favourite meals, and so much more.
As such, we’ve compiled a list of the top interior design new year’s resolutions to help you curate a beautiful, organised, and welcoming home.
Take A Colour Risk
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Though muted colours and monochromatic colour schemes are wonderful options, the hottest colour trends predicted for 2023 plan to shake things up a little. Whether it's painting your front door with Latex Red, spicing a neutral setting with Digital Lavender, putting together a soft bedroom with Earth Rose, or creating a focal point in your living room with a bold painting before four walls of Vining Ivy, taking a colour risk will perfect your New Year’s resolutions.
Opt For A Sustainable Design
The future is all about sustainability. Being conscious of natural resource depletion, an increasing number of green interior design ideas that take the eco-friendly movement to heart have become popular.
To incorporate these into your home, think about bamboo towels, wooden kitchen utensils, furniture made of sustainable materials, reclaimed wood shelving, natural paints, etc. Organising your home recycling system will help, too. “Magazine racks work well for housing newspapers headed for recycling and can also be placed near a fireplace to use with kindling,” suggests Sam Jernigan, principal of Renaissance Design Consultations. “Other options include concealed baskets or even vintage containers if these need to be visible.”
Donate Items Not In Use
Reserve a week or two in January to visit each room in your house and decide which things need to be let go of. Scrutinise every corner, and you’ll be surprised how many unneeded items have been lying around, adding to the clutter. From decor pieces, to linens to shoes to electric appliances to sports equipment, you’ll find heaps of unnecessary things you can give away in donations to organise your home while helping others.
Practice A Disciplined System To Keep Your Interior Clean
Keeping your home clean requires a disciplined system with chores divided into daily, weekly, and monthly lists. Here’s how.
Put the dishes in the dishwasher every night
Toss the dirty clothes into the hamper and clean clothes back in the closet
Quick clutter clean-up
Empty garbage bins
Sweep/vacuum and mop all floors
Dust all hard surfaces
Wipe down all appliances and mirrors, and disinfect countertops
Deep clean bathrooms
Throw out any food that has expired
Dust vents and ceiling fans
Wipe down door knobs, TV remotes, and light switches
Scrub the stovetop, and clean + deodorise the microwave
Shake out rugs
Depending on your routine, you can always add or subtract tasks from these lists to make them a doable new year’s resolution for your interior.
Invest In Smart Gear To Save Your Energy Bills
Work smarter, not harder, and a few genius smart home ideas for a green and tech-savvy space will do the trick. Start by replacing your old appliances with modern energy-efficient picks (such as smart refrigerators, smart plugs, smart thermostats, etc.) and substitute the incandescent light bulbs with LED lights. Investments like automatic faucets, thermostat using geofencing technology, and smart mattresses will further assist in making your “smart gear” resolution more effective.
Assess & Improve Your Home Air Quality
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Breathe easier in 2023 by assessing your home for toxic gases (like radon and carbon monoxide) and taking steps to improve the air quality. Install alarms in the basement and living area to detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and a testing kit to detect radon. Fix the issue by circulating the air regularly through exhaust fans and windows, sealing wall and floor cracks, or hiring a mitigation contractor.
Other steps you can practice for better air quality include:
Incorporating as many plants as possible. Options like areca palm, peace lily, rubber plant, snake plant, etc., can do wonders
Change your AC filter
Use cooking vents
Regularly change your air filters
Vacuum carpets and rugs often
Add Elements That Promote Well-being
Your environment directly impacts your mental health and well-being. This explains why creating an inviting home that casts positive effects on your lifestyle is an incredibly important new year’s resolution for your interior.
Try giving a shot at the following ideas and see how it transforms your life!
Combat noise by installing a layer of sound-deadening sheetrock and introducing soothing sounds like that of an indoor fountain
Carve out a relaxing nook for refreshing activities like reading or meditating
Embrace soothing colours
Inject relaxing scents through candles and oil diffusers
Welcome natural light
For a comprehensive list of ways to improve your well-being through interior design, read our blog post here!
Upgrade Your Home Office
Has it been over two years and you still find yourself working from home more often than not? If you haven't already, it's time to include a home office upgrade to your new year’s resolutions to create an inspiring and productive workspace. Hang creative wall art, add greenery, practice hygge, install adequate lighting, and stack up on storage — basically, anything that helps you set up an ergonomic home office that reflects your personality and boosts efficiency.
While thinking about the fresh starts and changes you'll be striving for in the upcoming year, don't let the new year's resolutions for your interior take a back seat. So, what are you waiting for? Make 2023 the year of good decisions by including and implementing the aforementioned resolutions!
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