Do you feel that a New Year deserves a new you? Or is it just the perfect opportunity to commit to some big changes in your household? Either way, now's the time to make some resolutions to usher in 2015.
1. Enforce your clutter free policy.
Clearing the clutter is the easiest and cheapest way to keep your home looking as good as it can be. It doesn't matter if your rooms have been designed to perfection or not, they still deserve to be clear from clutter. Tidying away those odd bits and bobs that pile up on your sideboards and tables will help you maintain a clean, stylish look. And the only way to really do it is to enforce a rigid rule: simply never go to bed without having filed away the loose bits of paper or cleared that empty coffee cup.
2. Throw away your unused stuff.
If it hasn't been used in 2014 what are the chances it will be used in 2015? Very slim. Clear out everything that hasn't seen the light of day in a year. Get rid of all those unused appliances; chuck out the excess kitchenalia, the dormant seating, the shelves you never put up. You won't miss any of it and you'll clear out some space for the new you of 2015. If you can't bear to part with your old bits though, you're going to have to find a way of upcycling them stat.
Your furniture is so 2014. If you're going to have any design credibility in 2015 you'll have to start thinking outside the box a little. Dye your drapes, paint your seating, turn your old clothes into home made cushion covers. Get crafty and start upcycling and upgrading your home without breaking the bank.
4. Go green.
If you haven't already, 2015 has to be your year to start thinking about the environment. How many of your light bulbs are energy-saving? How well insulated is your home? Do you leave your chargers plugged in? Your electronics on standby? Do you bathe rather than shower? Are your furnishings made from renewable products? Were they ethically sourced? Everything we do to renovate our homes should now be done with the environment in mind. Smart design is green design.
5. Treat yourself.
2014 might not have been the easiest year and 2015 may not be that easy either. But it's a new year, and therefore it's the perfect excuse to get something new for your home. Something that you've always wanted, but never got round to buying. Whether it's that lovely sofa on the high street, a new carpet for your lounge, or just an updated lamp for your hallway, it's time you treated yourself. Your home probably deserves a little treat too.
6. Go bold.
If you've been relying on glossy magazines and department store showrooms for your design inspiration you've been playing it far too safe. 2015 should be the year you start injecting some real personality into your designs. Don't be afraid to experiment. Try bold new colours, try vibrant patterns, try new combinations. Design is about getting creative and trying something different.
7. Shuffle your layouts.
If bold renovations are a little too much work, you can still transform the way your home feels by rearranging your furniture and giving you a new perspective on life. That's what a New Year is all about. Making your coffee table the focal point of your lounge instead of the TV can change the way you interact with your family. Moving your desk to the window might give your work a new lease of life. Turning your bed around might make your morning's a breeze. New Years; new perspectives.
8. Clean your carpet.
It's a new year, and high time you got your carpet professionally cleaned. After a year of footfall and weathering it's always a good idea to give your humble carpet a well-deserved once over with the carpet shampoo. You might find that it gives your room a whole new lease of life; revamping the colour and brightening things up. Better yet, consider getting a new rug to change the feel of your room, link things together and upgrade your design.
9. If you need to buy, buy quality.
Renovating doesn't always have to be about big budgets and new everything. But when your tired old sofa has simply seen better days, it might just need to be replaced. So make one of your resolutions for 2015 the commitment to buy quality. That way, you won't find yourself needing to renovate again in 2016.
10. Get out, be inspired.
The best design ideas are the one's you'll stumble across when you get out and see the world. See what others are doing, go on holiday, travel a little. 2015 should be your year of new experiences. So quit searching Pinterest for new design buzz and go and find it yourself. The world is full of unique things to see and things to learn that a Google search will never be able to match. Then, once you've been out there, bring all your new ideas home to create something really special.
Your interior design New Year's resolutions for 2015