10 Home Habits to Start This New Year

Our designers' top tips

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Almost every January, we find ourselves looking to reinvigorate both our homes and our lifestyles. Creating a comfortable and inviting living space is crucial for overall well-being. By incorporating simple habits into our daily routines, we can turn our homes into a sanctuary that promotes relaxation and happiness, setting us up properly for the year ahead.

1. Tidy House, Tidy mind

Maintaining a tidy home is essential for a positive atmosphere. Dedicate a few minutes each day to decluttering and organising your living spaces. Our designers recommend doing a “shut down shift” at the end of night, ensuring that you wake up the next morning to a tidy home. Investing in smart storage solutions can help keep things in order and make your home visually appealing. You can explore our storage options here.

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2. Signature Scents

The power of scent is often underestimated. Introduce pleasant fragrances through scented candles, essential oils, or air fresheners. Choosing a scent you love in your home is not only great for guests, but can create a soothing environment for you and can elevate your mood. Experiment and be on the lookout for notes that you enjoy – finding your signature scent is a great way to personalise your home.

3. Bring the Outdoors In

Bringing the outdoors in can significantly enhance the ambience of your home. Consider incorporating houseplants or fresh flowers into your decor. Not only do they add a touch of nature, but they also contribute to improved air quality. Read about how you can introduce greenery in more detail with our Biophilic Design blog post.

4. Let There Be Light

Proper lighting can make a world of difference in how your home feels. Maximize natural light during the day and invest in warm, ambient lighting for the evenings. Consider using smart lighting solutions to create different moods for different times of the day. We go into more detail about lighting here to get the full lowdown on lighting options for different spaces.

5. Personal Space Retreat

Designate a personal space where you can unwind and recharge. Whether it's a cosy reading nook, comfortable lounge area or a calm and relaxing bedroom, having a space that's exclusively yours fosters a sense of belonging and relaxation.

6. Personalise Your Space

Inject your personality into your home by incorporating personal touches. Display cherished photographs, artwork, or sentimental items that bring joy and make your space uniquely yours.

7. Host In Style

Encourage a welcoming atmosphere by embracing the art of hosting. Whether it's a casual dinner with friends or a movie night with family, creating opportunities for shared experiences enhances the positive energy in your home. For dinner party hosting tips, check out our post on table settings.

8. Unwind and Relax

Create spaces intended for relaxation. Consider introducing comfortable seating, soft textures, and calming colours. Having a designated area to unwind will help you de-stress and enjoy the tranquillity of your home. We have seen many trends in the last few years leading with a relaxed focus – check out our guides to explore how you can make you home a more relaxing space.

9. Breathe in the Air

Regularly ventilate your home to ensure a constant flow of fresh air. Open windows, use air purifiers, and consider introducing indoor plants that contribute to improved air quality. Fresh air is essential for both physical and mental well-being.

10. Style Reset

Keep your home fresh and exciting on a budget with small style resets in the rooms of your home. This can be as simple as changing about cushions, rearranging ornaments or doing a little feng shui in your home. If you’re stuck for ideas, speak to our designers about our space planning options for any room in your home.

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