Roll your eyes at the “new year, new me” mantra all you want, but you know January is a great time to hit the refresh button on your life.
A new year is a blank slate, giving you the opportunity to create new goals — and actually stick to them. Who knows? Maybe 2019 will be the year you finally go to the gym or work on your side hustle.
The spirit of starting anew can (and should!) extend to where you live. Your home is your sanctuary, so you should fill it with good vibes.
“[It can] give you a new perspective on your existing space, art, and way of living,” says interior designer Fawn Galli. “Small items like throw pillows or rearranging the furniture can make a dramatic difference and create a desired freshness.”
Of course, you can’t redo your home every year. Sprucing up your space can be tedious, time-consuming, and expensive.
So when’s the best time to hit the refresh button? To help, we’re sharing the top telltale signs it’s time to rework your space.
You're Overlooking Your Favorite Pieces
Not to play favorites, but everyone has a piece or two that has a special place in their hearts. Maybe it's that framed photograph your grandma gave you or the armchair you bought with your first big paycheck. But when those coveted pieces don't shine as bright as they used to, it's time to go back to the drawing board.
Fortunately, this doesn't mean you have to buy all new stuff. Sometimes, it's just a matter of rethinking your room's layout.
"You can rearrange furniture, move art, or select new accessories to make your home pop again," Galli says.
You're Slacking On Your Hosting Duties
Look, we love to Netflix and chill alone as much as the next person — it's called self-care — but a beautiful home deserves to be shown off every once in a while. And if you're inviting people over less frequently, Galli says it might be the time for a change.
"A good sign is when you stop wanting to have friends and family over," she shares. "If you don’t like your dining table, buy a beautiful tablecloth."
Small accessories like a new candle or flatware set can bring out your inner social butterfly without breaking the bank.
You're Feeling Uninspired
You know the feeling you get when you're looking at a closet full of clothes and still feel like you have nothing to wear? We like to call it wardrobe fatigue — and, yes, it can happen to your home, too. It's not you; it's your home.
"You feel like you are personally in a rut," Galli shares. "A home is like a garden and should be watered in order to continue to bloom."
Dabbling in a new trend may be just what the design doctor ordered. Go ahead, have a look at the trends we think will make it big in 2019.
You're Starting A New Chapter
Like the clothes on your back, your home should be a reflection of where you are in life. We mean, could you imagine having that nylon butterfly chair and Animal House poster from your college dorm in your grown-up apartment? Exactly.
Use life's biggest milestones as an opportunity to treat yo' self to a design makeover.
"Maybe you ended a relationship or changed jobs," Galli says. "This is a wonderful opportunity to turn an ending into a new beginning with fresh décor."
If you're looking to make a change, create a Pinterest board with spaces that you adore. (Psst... we have plenty of design inspo on our Pinterest page!)
Your Pieces Are Past Their Prime
Chipped wine glasses. Pilling rugs. Ripped wallpaper. Look, we're all about loving our things flaws and all, but everything inevitably gets some wear and tear. And if the item in question is past the point of a simple reupholster or fixer-upper, it's time to kick it to the curb.
"If the interior is worn out, fresh paint, wallpaper, or a new rug is a great way to refreshen a dull or stained space," Galli shares.
Parting ways with a loved — in this case, over-loved— piece is never easy, but it paves the way for new and improved décor.