Ten ways to transform your home and energy this New Year

Monday, 8th January 2018, 9:34 am
Updated Monday, 8th January 2018, 9:35 am

Is the New Year giving you impetus to embark on positive change in your life?Adapting or altering the space in which we live can have a subconscious, positive influence on us and even be a visual reminder of our new year resolutions. At the very least, a good refresh of your home decor gives it a new lease of life, ready to face 2018 with vitality and energy!With this in mind, the experts at Alexander James Interior Design have put together their 10 easy tips to refresh your living space, which don't require extensive funds or efforts. So have some fun and enjoy revitalising your home!1. Declutter and De-Stress Now that you've put away all those Christmas decorations, dare to go one step further and do away with all those home accessories and furniture pieces that are holding your home back from looking fresh and stylish. Decluttering 'de-stresses' and simplifies your home, allowing for a space in which every item has a rightful place, creating a sense of harmony throughout. It is the perfect way to create a blank canvas to redesign and refresh your home décor!2. Trendset with 2018's Colour of the Year Refresh your home with the newly announced Pantone colour of the year 2018, Ultra Violet! Inject this stunning shade into your interiors by using it as an accent colour, punctuating throughout with new cushion fabrics, artwork and homewares. 3. Reposition and Reset Rearranging your furniture is the greener, cheaper and simpler way to refresh your rooms. In just a few simple movements, you can transform the ambience of a room and make a huge impact. Place furniture in an entirely new location in the room, rotate them in a different direction or even swap pieces from different rooms.4. Impact with Artwork Replacing your artwork with new pieces is an extremely effective way of creating a fresh visual impact in your interiors. It can change the key focal point of a room, completely shifting the style or tone of the space in a different direction, or it can be a powerful means of punctuating with your new scheme's accent colour. If your purses are feeling a little stretched after Christmas, moving artwork into different rooms can have the desired effect!5. Luxuriate with Cushion Fabrics An affordable and indulgent way to refresh your home for the new year, replacing your cushion fabrics allows you to introduce a new accent colour to your decor or rich, tactile textures, setting the tone of the whole interior. Cushion fabrics by Villa Nova, Zoffany and Kirkby Design, add a plush, quality feel.6. Restyle Your Haven What better to way begin the year than with a brand new bedding set and throw such as those from The White Company, and luxurious bed throws from Johnston of Elgin. This can dramatically freshen up your bedroom, and more importantly, can help with the perfect night sleep.7. Ambient Aromas Scent plays such an important role in interior design, dramatically influencing how we experience a space. There are luxurious candles and diffusers from Jo Malone and The White Company, try the exotic Lime Basil and Mandarin candle and this Indian Ocean breeze Seychelles Diffuser.8. Revitalise Your Coffee Table Make your coffee table a focal point in the room, restyling it with beautiful books, ornaments and a diffuser or candle. If you prefer a minimalistic look, use the rule of three to ensure it looks balanced and stylish. 9. Freshen with FloralsWhether you opt for fresh flowers, or faux flowers that offer a beautiful authentic look, adding florals to your interiors is the perfect way to refresh your home for the new year. Display in all rooms to rejuvenate your entire home interiors with life and vitality, and for a twist of style, arrange your flowers in vases of different heights and widths.10. Enhance with Lighting Schemes Rethinking your room's lighting scheme can create a new atmosphere and give it the boost it needs. Introduce ambient or background lighting where there isn't any, or accent lighting to highlight special features, colours and patterns in furnishings. Adding table lamps and floor lamps can also make for a stylish feature in any room, enhancing key areas and making rooms look more spacious. We love lighting from Heathfield and Porta Romana.For more information visit www.aji.co.uk or call 02078877604

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