Simple Ideas to Elevate Your Home
Given the circumstances, most of us have been spending a lot of time at home and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. As one of the best interior designers in New York, I must say that now is the best time to use your newfound time at home to open the old home design books and start your house makeover. Here are some tricks you can use to elevate your home in a snap!
Although the peak of Marie Kondo’s reign has come and gone, her philosophy on minimizing clutter remains strong. Use the extra time to reassess your belongings. Clean up your desktop (both the physical and the digital), reorganize shelves and storage spaces, and remove the items that you no longer need or want. Now that you are spending most of your time at home, you know what you need and what you can live without. Donate, gift, or sell unnecessary items to get them out of your way.
Try to avoid starting with big-ticket items such as a sofa or a set of dining chairs. Purchasing replacements for these costs time and money that could be spared with a refreshing of smaller decor pieces. Find new accent rugs, throws, and plant holders. Switch out pillow covers, wall decor, and centerpieces. Purchasing small decorative items that match your existing furniture is an excellent way to spice up your space without committing to a new piece. You’ll be surprised by how this can elevate the look of your home. You know what they say—the devil’s in the details!
Don’t forget the walls
Walls are often an overlooked and underutilized decorative space. Here are a handful of suggestions for how to incorporate them into your next home-decorating project. Apply a fresh coat of paint or wallpaper to create an accent wall! You can use a peel-and-stick wallpaper if you are trying to avoid the commitment of a more permanent fixture. Find some art, frames, or mirrors that will bring life to your walls. Be creative and resourceful!
Add some green
As a very green-driven New York interior design firm, one piece of advice on plants is their ability to bring new life into your space—literally. Not only are they beautiful, but when you elevate your home with plants they can also absorb toxins, increase humidity and produce oxygen. All you have to do is keep them alive! Although that might sound much easier said than done, there are many plants that require minimal care to help you start out. Different houseplants require various amounts of watering and light exposure, so be conscious of what your geographical location has to offer before you invest in a new leafy friend. Be aware of plants that are not suitable for children or pets. The internet has become an encyclopedia of knowledge on plant care and ownership. If you have not looked into buying plants online, get ready to have your mind blown by the possibilities and ease of having house plants delivered straight to your doorstep. Until you can start supporting your local plant nurseries in person again, try speaking with an expert online or through the phone. You are sure to find the perfect plant for your home in no time.
These tips don’t just apply to a quarantine-induced need to redecorate. We have all found ourselves in search of a beautiful home to return to after a long day of work, school, or errands alike. You will find yourself appreciating a well-decorated home whether or not you are spending all day inside of it. Hopefully, we have given you simple ideas to redecorate your home to get started on your home improvement journey. Remember to seek inspiration and trust your own artistic instincts!
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About Jarret Yoshida: Jarret Yoshida is the Principal of one of the most well-known New York interior design firms today. He draws on his Japanese interior decorator heritage and years of experience to create environments that are tailored to his clients’ needs and designed to make them feel comfortable, relaxed, and happy.