The start of a new year is the perfect time to switch up your home and elevate your space with new homewares. Whether you make a statement with bright, bold pieces or stir up a sense of calm and creativity, with the less is more approach, these simple ideas and new buys will add a stylish refresh to your home after the festive season.
There’s nothing like adding more plants and flowers to your interiors to bring new life and oxygen to your home. And, with every new plant and flower arrangement, comes the possibility of a new pot and vase. Mix styles and colours for instant vitality to what is a dark and low energy time of year. Don’t forget mini plants and sprigs of flowers will look just as good and will thrive wonderfully on window ledges.
Lighting can make or break a room so during the darker winter nights, the warm glow of a lamp and the flickering light of a candle can really add to the mood and cosiness of the room. Add different light sources around a room, remembering the experts recommend five for the perfect ambiance. While that may seem a lot, you’ll be surprised how much a room needs. Add lamps to windowsills, string light loops on staircases, and get into the portable lighting trend which allows you to put a light in the most unexpected places. And of course, candles are an affordable way to add a seasonal update, lighting colourful swirling candlesticks are a favourite trend right now.
After Christmas it’s natural to start to think about travelling again and the summer sun, so add pieces that evoke travel and adventure to your interiors. Think travel-inspired coffee table books, trinkets and objects, sunny ceramics, scented candles, and colourful posters will all add colour and help you to escape to sunnier places.
Adding seasonal scents will bring an aroma of the outdoors in and keep the air indoors fresh. Scented candles and diffusers are an instant way to do this and are now so beautifully packaged, you’ll want to keep them long after burning. Look for floral, oceanic, and citrus fragrances to instantly give a sense of sunshine inside.
Forget just winter whites, if you’re looking to update your home for the colder months, try warmer shades, which help to make your interiors feel cosy and inviting. To create this vibe, earthy tones such as mustard, burnt orange and deep merlot red are great for this time of year but the colour choice is yours. Add this vibrancy with smaller touches like cushions and throws as these are a great way of giving your room a cost-effective seasonal refresh. Mix colours and layer different textures to create contrast and make sure each colour features at least twice in the room, even if it’s a subtle decorative bowl on a bookcase.
That handcrafted vibe is still on-trend and is going into next year, so display sculptural ceramic pieces around your home from the bathroom to your coffee table and on your vanity. Textured bowls, plates, and vases will give that Wabi Sabi (the Japanese art of finding perfection in the imperfect) vibe to your rooms and keep things interesting.