The holidays have
come and passed, the New Year has begun and
resolutions are written in a diary or on the
refrigerator. Resolutions normally come and go, but
we strive to make our lives better each and every
day. Why not start with the home?
Making minor changes in the home can improve ones
physical, emotional and mental well- being. It does
not take a major kitchen and bathroom renovation,
but only small or moderate changes.
Get Rid of the
Old and Bring in the New!
Vision exactly what you want to remove from your
life and what you want to add in your environment.
What do you want
this year? Greater focus on personal/professional
goals and finances? Get rid of any clutter in the
home. Whatever you do not need, give it away, sell
it on ebay or donate it. How is your furniture
placed in your rooms? Are your walkway paths clear?
Or do you have to zig zag, maneuver and twist
yourself around a sofa, chair or table just to move
from one area to another? Reposition your furniture
so your walkways are clear. This allows the energy
of your house to circulate and removes negative
blockings from your space. If you are unsure about
repositioning your furniture, contact an interior
designer for a brief consultation service.
you have items and accessories that are old and outdated?
Give them away if they serve no purpose; especially if they
cause bad memories. Any item in your house which reminds you
of negative events blocks positive events from happening in
Make sure there is adequate lighting in each of your
rooms. There should be no space in your residence
which is too dark. Take advantage of natural
sunlight from the windows during the day and in the
afternoon. Good light, especially natural sunlight,
enhances one’s mood. Air quality in the room should
be important. Invest in a good air purifier unit if
you have allergies, children and pets. This will
Do you want to
entertain more friends at home? Look at the colors on
your walls. Are the walls in your living room, dining room
and kitchen cold and drab? Consider painting the walls with
warmer colors such as as soft yellows, warm beiges and
taupes, tangerines, reds and browns. These are stimulating,
inviting, action, and conversation colors. You can also use
certain shades of green. Again, it is best to consult an
interior designer, who is a color expert, so the selections
work perfectly with your furniture, lighting, artwork and
accessories. Have multipurpose furniture as storage/seating
ottomans. If you need new furniture, and your space permits,
purchase a sectional seating unit. These options also
provide additional seating for guests.
Choose works of art and accessories that are
personal; that make you happy and make a statement.
Use them as conversation pieces. Obtaining good
artwork does not have to be expensive. Order framed
artwork from internet stores or have a struggling,
fine artist college student create a one-of-a-kind
canvas for your space.
Is It Love That You Seek Or Do You Want To Spice
Up Your Current Love Life? Follow the first
command to eliminate clutter and make sure your
walkways are clear and easy to pass. For the
singles, if seeking to attract a woman, or man, make
sure the space is comfortable; the sofa should not
be too fluffy or too deep, but cozy enough to
snuggle. Seating fabric color can be neutral (beige,
grey, brown or black), but add accent pillows with
reds, oranges, burgundies. These are warm, romantic
and stimulating colors. Include a faux fur throw on
the sofa during fall and winter months. Add a few
red vases in the dining room and in the bedroom.
Make sure the room lighting is not too bright, but
not very dark. Add dimmer switches in the living
room and in the bedroom.
on a Dollar:
Last but not least, here are some ways you can
change your environment “on the cheap”:
1. If your sofa and chairs are in
good condition, consider purchasing quality
upholstery fabric and having the items
re-upholstered. You’ll be helping the environment by
not throwing out a good product while giving a local
upholstery company work….while receiving a totally
new look with a new, beautiful fabric. Try to select
fabric made of cotton, cotton velvets and wools.
These are natural fibers which allow the seating to
breathe. Silk fabric is another option, but I would
only use this on seating which will not have a lot
of use! Good silk is expensive.. Stained silk is
difficult to clean. Microfibers are practical; most
are made of synthetic material, but they are very
durable for moderate to high residential use and can
be treated with stain-resistant solutions.
2. If your good
quality tables, cabinets and china closets are
natural/real wood, give them a new look by stripping
the wood and changing the stain or by painting the
table a totally different color. Paint existing
handles a different color or purchase new, funky
handles from a local home improvement store.
3. Try purchasing
furniture and accessories from reputable consignment
shops. Make sure the pieces are of good quality,
heavy and sturdy. Do not worry if the style appears
to be out of date. New paint and hardware creates a
unique look for any piece.
4. Purchase good quality drapes
from stores such as Pottery Barn or Restoration
Hardware; or invest in a good sewing machine, take
sewing lessons and make your own custom drapes and
panels. This goes for pillows, throws and shams,
I hope these tips will bring a sense of happiness
and well-being into your home. If you have further
questions or seek a consultation, please contact
Glynis Tart of Verden Interior Design Studio at