New year, new gear: Ways to wake up your home for the new year

With the days edging longer and the new year bringing in a fresh start and a new lease of life, revamping your home could be just what you need to shake off the cobwebs. Whether it’s a lick of paint or a complete rearrangement of furniture, making a few tweeks around your space could really help make you feel more alive.


Adding a pop of Colour


While the weather might not exactly be brightening up our moods with the typical dismal January drizzle seemingly around 24/7, making the inside of your home seem a little brighter could really do you some good. Whether you’re partial to a pop of purple or would like a lick of yellow, now is the time to go for it. Forget beiges, neutrals and nudes, think dynamic and exciting for a new lease of life. Just a simple feature arm chair in burnt orange or a bold lamp shade in magenta could transform your home and your attitude for a fresh new year feel.


Layers upon layers


If there’s one thing that makes a home truly feel like home it’s a warm cosy cuddle up on the couch. Decorating with layers and throws can give your home a new dimension and bring colder spaces into a new snug corner of warmth. Cushions and poufs are great to add something simple to the living room while you can enhance the kitchen or dining room with a rug that warms everyone’s feet while they sit at the table for meals.


Home office space


When the majority of our lives have now moved online, creating a space that will allow your productivity to flourish and your focus to narrow, can give you a well needed separation between time online and time to relax. Not only do screens diminish sleep and rest but they can also increase stress and strain on both your eyes and your head space. Create a space in your home where you can really focus without distractions and decorate with things that inspire you, maybe photographs from a holiday, a wild collection of plants or a world map with markings of where you’re hoping to travel. Make your goals a key feature of the room and let in all the light to really help with that Monday motivation. Whether you’re a work-from-homer living with mum and dad in Greater Manchester or a vlogger creating content from your shared ownership in Kent, put your mental health first and feel the benefits.


Make a move


If you need a little more than just a shake up of your interior and feel like you could do with a whole change up then 2021 is the best time to do it. With the current stamp duty holiday running until March 31st, you can save a good chunk of cash by simply getting your offer down before the cut off date. Shared Ownership is also a great way to go about moving if you’re in a bit of a rush, with reduced deposit and a part-buy part-rent method that ensures your mortgage will be a manageable amount and rent is heavily discounted. With plenty of homes on sites like from shared ownership in Lewisham to Liverpool, snap up a snazzy city center apartment for less and make 2021 your year.

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