With the Christmas festivities well and truly over, our homes can soon start to feel in need of a post-holiday refresh. January welcomes a time to reset for the year ahead, embrace new interior design trends and create a fresh feel in our homes, making a change from all of the colorful and cozy decor.
While there are obvious ways to rest your home, most notably to take down Christmas decor, there are many other subtle changes you can embrace. Interior designer Jeremiah Brent took to Instagram to talk through four ideas that will result in a cleaner and refreshed space. Below, we've rounded up his ideas to give you some inspiration if you're looking for some low-effort yet impactful ways to achieve a fresh and clutter-free space.
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1. Swap out bed linens and hand towels
'Number one for me is a simple linen change with your beds, even hand towels,' says Jeremiah. 'During the holidays and during the winter, things become a little moodier, a little more autumnal and I think the new year is a great way to bring in fresh and happy and bright.'
Although this seems a simple change, it can help your bedroom and bathroom feel instantly uplifted, especially by opting for lighter colors and soft textures in contrast to winter's rich color trends. Shop the below selection of bed linens and towels to embrace this quick yet effective reset idea.
2. Do a clear out
'With new beginnings, it means you need to edit the things you might have accumulated over the last year,' says Jeremiah. 'We personally in our house are always editing but when you’re cleaning up all that holiday decor and you’re walking through, really start to look around your space and think: is this absolutely beautiful or absolutely functional, and then if it’s not get rid of it.'
While doing a clear-out is arguably one of the most obvious reset ideas at the start of a new year, it shouldn't be underestimated. Clearing through items that no longer serve a purpose can help achieve a stress-free and relaxing home. If you're not sure where to start, we've rounded up things you need to declutter in January to get you started.
3. Switch around artwork
'Another one of my favorite things to do post-new year celebration is curate the art,' Jeremiah continues. 'We’re always moving things around in our space and art is so interesting because it can completely shift the energy of a room. Play around with the art, have some fun.'
Decorating with art, as Jeremiah observes, can go a long way in transforming the feel of a room. This doesn't mean you need to purchase new pieces, but simply changing the rooms in which existing pieces are displayed in or refreshing their frames can elevate your space and give it a new lease of life.
4. Refresh scents
'And lastly, I think one of the things that’s really interesting and really important in the house for me is the way the space smells and I think the new year is a great opportunity to bring in a new profile, something that feels a little different than what you’ve been burning for the last three months.'
The festive season notoriously welcomes rich scents, and while these are perfect for creating a cozy space during the holidays, they can quickly feel overdone as soon as January arrives. Opt instead for lighter and cleaner scents such as the ones below to bring a fresh feel to your space.
Looking for some more January home inspiration? We have lots more ideas on how to reset your home after Christmas to help you on your way.
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Emily Moorman is a News Writer at Homes & Gardens, working across a range of topics spanning interiors, celebrity and emerging trends. With a background in the fashion industry, Emily is well-versed in the world of design and trend cycles. Her undergraduate degree was in Fashion Communication and Promotion which she studied at Norwich University of The Arts, specialising in writing and digital communications.
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