Feeling restless? Don't enjoy your time at home? Has it been a long time since you gave your space a facelift? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you might be in a design rut.
People are complex. We love familiarity and security, yet we yearn for excitement and novelty. You should give your space a mix of both. Since you spend so much time at home, it's important that it helps, not hinders, your mental health. To flourish, we need a bit of change every once in a while. But how do you boot your design rut to the curb? Take heed to these simple tips!
1. Mix it up.
The easiest, cheapest and fastest way to give your home a new look is just moving the furniture around! Look at your space and visualize other possibilities for your furniture and decor. You can even start small by moving items on a shelf into a new arrangement, or by switching out some artwork in your frames. Do whatever it takes to get those creative juices flowing!
2. Create an inspiration board.
Look around you! Dig into home and fashion magazines. Scour Pinterest boards or design blogs. Find looks that appeal to you. Place your favorite ideas on an inspiration board that you can see and touch. This will help you narrow down what you love from what you just "like". Group things that pair well together and use this as your base point. However, don't completely copy these looks! Use them to visualize your own individual style so you feel like yourself while relaxing at home instead of pretending to be someone else.
3. Step out of your comfort zone.
People tend to flock to things they are familiar with because they are comfortable. This isn't a bad humanistic trait, but it can be damaging to your space and your mood while in it if you don't change your environment once in a while. We all need some fresh perspective now and then, and a drab and tired interior will not provide rejuvenation. If you realize you can't break free of the old and familiar, do something completely out of character with your decor. This can be as simple as choosing an item in a bold color you've never tried before or opting for a bigger statement pattern. Doing so will get you thinking outside the box. And who knows... The results might surprise you!
4. Complete a DIY project.
If you're on the fence about a certain idea or design element, but don't want to (completely) take the plunge, try to make it yourself! This option is cheaper and allows you to get a feel about the idea without having to fully commit. Plus, getting in there and doing the grit work yourself allows you to be creative and make something truly unique that reflects your personality, something everyone should have in their space! If you enjoy your finished product, then you've nailed it. If you don't feel too keen about it, ditch it. You won't lose anything but a few hours and a couple bucks.
5. Think about what makes you YOU.
This just might be the most important tip of all! Your space should charge you with energy and provide peace while making you feel at home. It should to be tailored to fit your personality and needs. But how do you accomplish that? Think about what comprises you. If you are a minimalist, go for a modern minimalist approach in your decor. If you're a romantic at heart, you might like more frills and drama in your accents. The list goes on and on. Instead of copying others, find what makes you the most happy and content and run with it! The process takes time, but homes need therapy just as much as people do. Show them some love and they're bound to do the same in return.
We'd love to see pictures of your space, refurbished or not! Share them with us below or email them to email@example.com. Also, if you need interior design advice, let us know! Our interior design team, myself included, are more than happy to help.