9 May 2023
If your living space needs a facelift, spring is one of the best times to undertake that project. You may be surprised at how little it will take to make your home refreshed with the trends of 2023.
Now more than ever people are working from home. Whether it is a primary position or supplementing income, the temporary remote working arrangement has become more permanent. Moving the laptop from the kitchen table to the sofa may no longer be the solution. If space is tight, you may need to become creative and turn a closet into your hideaway. You may also want to consider a small addition to your house. Add onto the mud room for a new entryway and turn the old mud room into your office.
The other side of workspace is an area to restore yourself. When designing this space you need to take into consideration lighting, sound, and other sensory elements. This will allow you to be calm. One favorite place is to rearrange your bedroom to make room for a comfy chair where you can read or meditate. Change the bedding for maximum comfort, add warm throws, or replace the headboard with something that is upholstered.
The bathroom is the one place all of your guests will be in alone. Make sure it is chic with plush towels and cute pumps for hand wash and sanitizer. Find some throw-away paper towels for those who don’t want to share. Be sure there is nothing in the cabinets you don’t want anyone else to see. For your en suite facility, treat yourself to a soft bath mat and cushy, padded toilet seat.
If you would like to improve the value of your home and increase your enjoyment, think about adding an outdoor fireplace, larger food prep area, and enclose it all for privacy. Be sure to include speakers strategically placed so that you can enjoy your favorite music or connect into a portable television so that you don’t miss any special event.
For those days of inclement weather, bring nature inside. Select a sunny spot and place a mini-greenhouse or plant groupings. Instead of a trip to the nursery, see what you might re-pot from your own yard. Or, offer a trade with a neighbor or friend. Herbs are always a good choice. If you have a black thumb, go for some garden-inspired wallpaper. If you can incorporate a sitting area, go for rattan or wicker.
Another style still popular is the Costal trend we saw last year. That includes the rattan we just spoke of plus white washed furniture, distressed items, and terracotta. In fact, it is a good way to re-use some furniture you thought about giving away.
All of this dovetails with the trend toward eclectic. It is all about personality and reflecting your culture and interests.
While you are looking at furniture, be sure to include curves. Rounded chair backs, sloping armrests, and waterfall corners on countertops. If you are not ready to give up everything, just include some ottomans, accent tables, mirrors, and art pieces. If you add some accent pieces, think about rearranging the furniture you already have. Department stores are always moving things around so that what you may have missed before now catches your eye.
Another way to make your space refreshed is to declutter. Deal with things one section at a time or one room at a time. Store your extra pieces and bring them back in a few months or decide if they may need a new home with someone else. Remember to get a receipt for the donation.