Boost your spirits this year with cheery colors, cozy fabrics, and clever spaces
The start of a new year is the perfect time to create a happy home, breathe life into tired-looking corners, and put your wellbeing first. From cheery colors to super-soft fabrics, there are plenty of ways you can create an indoor sanctuary and, most importantly, boost your spirits in 2021.
“If you have the time, capacity, and funds, redesigning your home can be a great lockdown project,” Nima Ghasri, Director at Good Move, says. “We all have our own individual style and our homes are the perfect place to express that creativity.”
Take a look at some of the ways you can create a calming space at home…
1. Tap into mood-boosting colours
Certain colors, including sunshine yellows, cheery reds, and rich greens, can lift your mood instantly. In fact, previous research conducted by Showers To You found that painting your walls in scene-stealing shades of red, orange, or yellow could help to boost your energy in the morning — which is welcome news for those who struggle to get out of bed in the winter months.
“Colour is a huge factor to create a sanctuary so consider the palette in your room,” Alexandria Daily from Dauley Design tells Country Living. “Green is the color of nature, it creates feelings of calm, restfulness, and peace. Yellow is associated with feelings of happiness and cheerfulness and blue has been found to decrease feelings of anxiety and aggression and lowers blood pressure and heart rates.“
With colors holding the key to happiness, it comes as no surprise that Farrow & Ball predicted the top shades for 2021 as pops of striking blue and luxurious palettes of red. “Now that we are spending more time in the home, we will be using colors that feel friendly and relatable,” the team at Farrow & Ball said. “We want our homes to be places not just for rest and recovery, but also for rejuvenation and inspiration.”
2. Layer up on cosy textures
Nothing ties a room together like soft, snug accessories. Winter is a long, sometimes hard season, but don’t let it drag you down. Bringing out luxurious textures, whether it’s blankets, cushions, or throws, will boost your mood while enhancing your home’s visual appeal at the same time.
3. Bring nature indoors
Lush indoor jungles were all the rage on Instagram last year, with more households sprucing up their spaces with fresh foliage, potted plants and trendy cacti. Alexandria tells us to not be shy when it comes to houseplants this year, explaining that ‘adding plants and fresh cut flowers can enhance our mood’ and ‘create a sanctuary with a connection to nature‘.
Nor sure where to start? Some of the top trending plants for 2021 to have on your radar include the fishbone cactus, blue star fern and bunny ear cactus.
4. Give life to old furniture
Reviving tired-looking items of furniture is a brilliant way to prolong the life of your items — and save a pretty penny at the same time. Sadly, we are consuming household objects at an unsustainable rate, regularly replacing broken items for newer, more modern versions. If your items are looking a little worse for wear, try repainting the exterior, replacing seat covers or transforming old curtains into cushion covers instead.
“Chalk Paint is fabulous for bringing new life to furniture. Try changing handles on a chest of drawers, adding a glass top or giving them a lick of paint for a quick update,” Alexandria tells us. “Chairs and old headboards can be recovered or reupholstered. A rummage at your local salvage yard could offer you some awesome finds.”
Before you begin, have a thorough wipe-down of the items you are up cycling; you don’t want old cobwebs or dust getting caught in your paintbrush.
5. Declutter your kitchen
In an increasingly open-plan world, our kitchens are used for much more than just cooking; they’re classrooms for children, offices for those working at home without a study, and spaces to unwind at the end of a busy day. Whatever yours is used for, giving it a declutter will help transform it into a sanctuary.
“Create a functional kitchen by keeping your surfaces clutter-free,”Salsabil El-Awaisi, Founder of SE Interiors, tells CL. “As well as this, utilise your wall space and create good storage for your area.”
Planning a kitchen refurbish in the near future? Our beautiful new kitchen collection at Homebase enables you to create your own bespoke look and make your dream country kitchen a reality — and is a brilliant place to start when looking for inspiration. Whether you’re after a navy Insta-worthy kitchen or prefer country chic style, the Country Living kitchens tick all the right boxes.
6. Relaxing scents
Make your home a feel-good sanctuary with candles, diffusers and sweet-smelling wax melts. If you’re in need of a little relaxation, opt for rose, geranium and lavender. For something to invigorate you in the morning, try notes of citrus, peppermint and grapefruit. Winter might be raging on outside, but we couldn’t think of anything better than hunkering down after a long day with a subtle scent (and a cup of tea, of course).
7. Create different zones for work and play
Over the past year, our homes have become multifunctional places for both work and play. If you’re looking to redesign your space in 2021, cleverly take into account what each room is used for.
“Turning your home into a sanctuary during these times is very important. To make the most of your space, create different zone areas for work socialising, declutter and opt for a soft palette of neutral hues,” adds Salsabil.