The new year is coming, and while the Christmas break is always a time of fun and celebrations on the Northern Beaches, why not also take the downtime as an opportunity to revamp your home for 2024?
Whether you’re in North Narrabeen, Narrabeen, Elanora Heights, Ingleside, Warriewood or Mona Vale, any property can enjoy a new lease on life with some simple interior design choices. Make a few strategic changes, and you can transform a tired old room into a fresh space.
Let’s look at a few ways you can make your home ‘glow’ in 2024.
Updating dated fittings can bring a room into the new century and add modern flair. Changing lighting can also drastically alter the feeling of a room, brighten dim corners and bring the space to life.
Think about working with an electrician to install smart lights that respond to verbal instructions or can be set to go on and off at certain times of day.
Hanging curtains from the halfway point between the top of the window frame and the ceiling so that they just sweep the floor can create the illusion of higher ceilings. You can buy custom curtains or get creative and make some yourself using silk or velvet panels.
If you want a lighter look, remote-controlled ‘honeycomb’ blinds can make a room more spacious and are easy to operate.
One of the simplest and quickest ways to breathe new life into a room is to revamp your throw cushions. If you’ve found yourself with an oversized collection of throw cushions thanks to gifts or impulse purchases, go through them and get rid of any that don’t match your preferred vibe. Alternatively, you can start fresh with entirely new cushions to create a new vibe in the room. Try shopping at Northern Beaches-based Gigi & Tom for some trendy cushion choices.
Rugs are an easy and effective way to change the look of a room, and a cost-effective way to update your flooring without laying new floors. Rugs can be used in open-plan rooms to separate areas within the space. Be conscious of the size of the rug compared to the space. There are many rules about how big a rug should fit a space, but the best rule is to ask yourself if you love the look. One way to make sure it will suit the space is to stick newspaper together in the size of your preferred rug and lay it on the floor before you buy.
An obvious way to upgrade a room is to replace furniture. You might head to a cool Sydney store like Vampt Vintage Design in Surry Hills for refurbished vintage furniture. Of course, replacing furniture can cost you a pretty penny, so there are cheaper alternatives such as seeing what you can find on Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree. You can also breathe new life into your furniture with some sanding or repainting or you can have a professional reupholster your older pieces.
If you’re looking for perhaps the easiest and cheapest way to give a room new life, it can be as simple as rearranging the furniture. Moving your things around can almost make it feel like you’re in an entirely new space.
Bring the outside in
Adding some indoor plants to a room can create a more natural atmosphere and bridge the gap between outdoors and in. Plants are also a way of elevating your mood. Choose plants that enhance rather than overwhelm the space and place them sparingly for maximum impact.
Inexpensive prints can give a room a luxe, fun or outdoorsy feel. Decide on your theme (e.g. beachy, art deco, surrealist, modern) and shop locally for framed images so you can create an art wall in your home. Remember to be mindful of wall size before you make a choice.
Some of the key interior trends forecast to be big in 2024 are:
- Biophilic design, which brings the outdoors in and maximises natural light
- Earthy browns, terracotta and deep orange colours
- Forest green
- Curved furniture, archways and scalloped designs
- Geometric shapes and patterns
- Timeless instead of ‘fast’ furniture
Remember; if you’re selling your home, a glow up and a modern look can make it even more appealing to buyers and help you achieve a maximum price. If this is on your agenda for 2024, talk to us about how home styling can make a difference to final results.
Want home advice? Ready to sell? Reach out to Hunter Estate Agency today.