When was the last time you evaluated your home in regards to its style? Did you once upon a time have an exciting design but now feel more “ho-hum” about the whole decorating thing? Maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit and rethink how you live in your home and see if you can’t generate some real decorating excitement in 2017.

These design ideas from Tailored Living® can help with refreshing your home’s look and rethinking how you use your space. Embrace change in the New Year and determine to turn the house you have into the house you want.

Color can transform any space

The quickest refresh for any room is a new paint color. Here are some general rules to consider when selecting color:

  • Light colors are more expansive so small rooms seem bigger, and light

    Enliven a home office with light green walls to make work more enjoyable

    colors brighten up rooms with little or no natural light.

  • Dark colors give large rooms and open areas a more intimate feel.
  • Ceiling color that is lighter than the wall color makes the ceiling feel higher; darker than the wall color and the ceiling feels lower.
  • Add a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give a room depth. (Wrought iron accessories, a black piece of furniture or accent wall.)
  • Neutral color palettes are soothing but can be boring without some pops of color or texture in the room.
  • Use no more than three or four colors in a room and keep any mixed patterns in the same color family.

Every fall, Pantone, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore announce their choices for Color of the Year for the upcoming year. Let their 2017 Colors of the Year inspire you to new heights of design:

Top 2017 Colors of the Year including bright green, neutral taupe and dramatic amethyst

  • Pantone: Greenery signifies beginnings, a fresh New Year and the outdoors during spring and summer.
  • Sherwin-Williams: Poised Taupe creates a cozy feeling and brings a sense of sanctuary and balance when we walk across our threshold.
  • Benjamin Moore: Shadow ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can indulge your mysterious side.

Reinvent your space

Consider how you use the space in your home and see if life changes have made some spaces underused, like a kid off to college leaving an empty bedroom or a home office no one uses except to pay bills. Spaces like these can be restructured to new uses like a home gym with a Murphy Bed for when said child is home, a crafts/sewing/reading room or a dressing room/walk-in closet. Updating areas in your home can open up fresh new ideas for living.

Two areas that historically stay the same are bedrooms and family rooms. Have your kids gone from child to teen or teen to young adult but you’ve never redesigned their space or their closets? Redecorating their rooms may be in order, starting with a new paint color and coordinating bed linens.

  • Get some more grown-up-style furniture such as a computer desk or a platform bed
  • Modernize their window treatments with blinds or shutters instead of curtains
  • Install a custom closet design to help a young adult manage a busy school/work schedule

Family rooms and great rooms are trending more toward multi-purpose rooms with separate space for TV viewing, game areas, a family computer and a reading corner. Family members can spend more time together, but not necessarily with everyone doing the same thing at the same time.

Rugs can help define areas in a large room, unifying a furniture grouping

  • Use furniture groupings and high quality designer rugs to define different areas
  • Built-ins like shelves and media centers can organize equipment, movies, books and games to free up space for other activities
  • A homework center lets the kids stay connected while working instead of being banished to their rooms

New window treatments can revitalize your home

A quick and easy way to update your home is with new window coverings. The myriad styles, colors and textures in blinds, shades and shutters give unlimited design potential. Choose from sheers to complete blackout or eco-friendly natural textures like bamboo and woven woods to remake your home’s décor by redressing your windows.

  • For drama, use bright colored patterns on shades or drapes or solids in stark contrast to the colors of your walls.
  • Bring in accessories like pillows and rugs to match the window treatment colors or textures.
  • Add decorative touches like valances and drapery panels over blinds or shades for a unique fashion statement.

Integrating indoor and outdoor space

Another popular trend is integrating indoor and outdoor living. If you’ve overlooked your patio or backyard, turn it into functional living space by creating a seamless transition from the house to the outside. Make the outside inviting and you may discover that outdoor living has a lot to offer your family and the additional space will be a welcome addition when entertaining.

Turn your patio into functional living space as an extension of your home. You may want to enquire about getting a glass extension too.

  • Update your worn patio with a resurfaced decorative concrete overlay or a PremierOne® epoxy coating that mirrors your interior floor colors for a continuous look.
  • Add a Weber Genesis grill and patio furniture for dining and relaxing, with outdoor fabric cushions in colors that replicate your inside décor.
  • Install screening or outdoor shades to make the patio usable in all kinds of weather.
  • Get roofing contractors austin to repair or replace your roof to improve the look of it. If you install siding, make sure it matches your roof and outdoor furniture.
  • If you have sliding glass doors leading out to the patio, install window treatments that will move completely out of the way so you have wide open access

Fall in love with your home all over again by giving it a New Year’s facelift. Maximizing living space with innovative design and storage solutions is what Tailored Living designers do best. They can help you with any area of your home and garage, to get the most out of your space. Call 866-641-8958 (US) or 866-973-8221 (CAN) today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find a designer near you.