The dawn of a new year often sparks a desire for a refresh. Change and renewal, not just in personal aspirations but also within the spaces we inhabit are often goals. For design enthusiasts, this is the perfect time to infuse fresh energy into their homes, creating a harmonious blend of aesthetics and functionality. Here we share nine areas of your home to refresh in the new year.

1. Revive the Entryway

The entryway sets the tone for your home. The size doesn’t matter, but a well-designed and functional entry makes an impact. Start by decluttering this space, adding a statement mirror or artwork for a focal point, and incorporating functional elements like a bench or hooks for organization. Consider adding greenery or fresh flowers to bring life into the area.

2. Refresh Art and AccessoriesAfter all the holiday décor comes down, your home may feel bare. Refreshing art and accessories can breathe new life into any room. Consider rotating or adding new artwork, changing out decorative pillows, throws, or rugs to infuse color and texture. Thoughtfully curated accessories can instantly update the ambiance of a space.

3. Cozy up the Kitchen

Entertaining during the holidays shines a light on areas that may need re-evaluation. Often, tweaks to your kitchen will have the highest impact. Enhance the warmth and functionality of your kitchen by updating small details. This could involve refreshing cabinet hardware, adding under-cabinet lighting, incorporating a cozy breakfast nook, or introducing indoor plants to bring natural elements into the space.

4. Do the Big Project You’ve Been Neglecting

Take on that long overdue project that could transform your space. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint for a room, renovating a bathroom, or creating a feature wall, tackling these significant tasks can invigorate your home and bring a sense of accomplishment.

5. Tackle the Finishing Touches

Sometimes home projects almost make it to the finish line, but life gets in the way and the final touchups and details get pushed to the side. Now is the time to scratch off your to-do-list. Repaint the trim or baseboards, update the light switch plates, or replace outdated fixtures. Whatever those lingering projects are – finish them up for a sense of accomplishment.

6. Update Organization Systems

Getting organized is a persistent New Year’s resolution for many. Utilizing an organizational system that works for how you live is essential. Tackle the areas that nag at you most – whether that is streamlining the entry, adding drawer dividers in bedroom dressers, oar incorporating multifunctional furniture that offers extra storage capabilities. Even small organizational changes can improve your enjoyment of the space throughout the year. .

7. Adapt to Changing Needs

The new year is great time to assess how your lifestyle has evolved and adapt your home accordingly. This could involve repurposing a room, creating a home office space, or reconfiguring a layout to accommodate new needs, such as remote work or hobbies. Changing needs could also mean trying out a bolder or new-to-you style. Refresh an old space with new functionality.

repurposing a bedroom
These homeowners made room for a crafting and sewing pace in a little-used bedroom.

8. Make a Livable Living Room

Put the focus on the spaces you live in the most. Adding comfort and functionality in the living room can drastically change how your home feels. Consider rearranging furniture for better flow, incorporating versatile seating options, adding layers of lighting, and introducing multipurpose furniture that encourages relaxation and socialization.

9. Consider a Closet RefreshRefresh your closet to make it more functional and visually appealing. Small closets will benefit from  adjustable shelving, bins or baskets for accessories, and proper lighting. Consider a cohesive color scheme for hangers or storage containers. If you’re feeling extra creative – removeable wallpaper can add some real personality. The internet is full of budget-friendly closet transformations.

Addressing these nine key areas in your home can breathe new life into your spaces for the new year. Whether it’s small updates or significant renovations, these steps can help you create a refreshed and harmonious living environment that suits your evolving needs and tastes. They are also areas that will have high impact with home buyers, should you be considering a move in 2024. Schedule a free home evaluation with us today.