The Ultimate Guide to Refreshing Your Home Décor In 2021
The relationship we have with our homes has certainly been through a rollercoaster ride in 2020, as we’ve spent a lot more time indoors. Going into 2021, it’s the perfect time to re-think how we live in our homes, and along with that, a time to bring in new and refreshed décor. We’ve put together the ultimate guide of simple ways to decorate your home for the new year, and leave 2020 firmly in the past.
Create a scrapbook or mood board
The first step towards a home refresh, is creating a scrapbook or mood board to reflect the ideas and plans for a room. It’s a great activity to gather all your thoughts on the theme and environment you want to achieve, before you even think of touching any walls or furniture. If crafting is your thing, you can create a pleasing physical mood board, with samples, swatches and textures that you are inspired by. But if not, some interior designers or fabric companies offer the ability to create one online.
Use fabrics effectively
When it comes to redecorating, it doesn’t have to include all the fuss of painting and building work. A simple yet effective way to liven up a dated room is to change the pattern, colour or texture of the furnishing fabrics.
Curtains and blinds are a key feature of a room, and can not only affect the lighting in the space, but the aesthetic. For the ultimate refresh it’s worth investing in a new set of curtains – think about a change in the pleating, the colour and the pattern.
Cushions are also a great way of adding colour, and can complement or contrast the other fabrics in the room. But there’s no need to splash out on new ones – unless you want to – first try altering the positioning of the sofa, or swap cushions from the bedroom to the living room. This is just one way to restyle a room with the items already in your household.
But, if you are looking to completely change the style of your sofa or cushions, then a change in fabric could be in order. The texture and colour are important, but when looking at fabrics for upholstery, it’s important to choose a material that is durable and flame retardant.
Choose a feature wall
The feature wall has been around for a while in terms of interior design, and it’s still set to stay for 2021! But put the paintbrush down, as wallpaper is a great way to transform a room – and you only need to do one wall. How about the wall behind your bed or the far wall in your living room to make it appear bigger? Revamp the room with funky patterns, bold geometrics or a large print wallpaper.
There’s also an even easier way to create an accent wall, with no need for messing painting and decorating. Gallery walls of mirror collections and uplifting artwork are a huge design trend for 2021, with a use of different metal and wooden frames of varying sizes adding an extra twist to the décor.
Change the function of the room
Giving your home a makeover doesn’t have to mean bringing in the builders – or even full-on decorating – that can be time and money wasting. Some estate agents recommend simply changing the function of the room – if you have a spare bedroom that’s lacking lustre, change it to a home gym or a dressing area to refresh the space. This can give it a new lease of life and a chance to experiment with new features and furnishings. So, don’t be tempted to knock down a wall when you really don’t need to.