The decorations have been up for a while, the flashing lights of Christmas are fading and you are nursing a New Years bucks fizz hangover. The excitement of the old year is still fresh in your mind, but you must look forwards, to the future! The putting up of Christmas decorations normally make you look twice at the well worn furnishings you have come to know as being part of your home. Some of them may look more worn than usual, peeling at the corners or fabric fading where it has hit the sun. So you decide on embarking on a New Years home makeover!
However, it is important to remember not to get too carried away. The New Year is still buzzing with ‘newness’, and because of the New Year sales, we can sometimes get caught up in the excitement. Whether it is a trip to the local furniture superstore, or a more personal trip to a home designer, there are some simple hints and tips to keep you in the clear for New Years.
Set a budget!
A simple enough step, but one that is easy to forget about when you see how much things may have been reduced for the New Year. Set yourself a provisional budget which you should aim to keep under, and also set a ‘no higher than this’ budget, just in case you do see something that you can’t possibly live without. It’s better not to start this New Year in the negatives just to buy that recliner for dad to use when he comes over at the weekends. He’s just fine in the old rocker for now.
Take a friend!
Or a trusted older relative. Make sure you take along someone level headed, who won’t get caught up in the mad sales rush. This person can then act as your ‘voice of reason’ whenever you start thinking about getting an all purpose multi-functional combination lamp and book-holder or a stylish faux leather pouffe with built in storage space. A second opinion is also valid when looking at genuine furniture pieces and fixings for your new room in the future.
Refurbish, not resolution!
It might have been one of your New Year’s resolutions to finally turn that spare bedroom into a study, or to get rid of the lilac wallpaper in the dining room, but sit down and think about it for a moment. Don’t rush into things because you are eager to check items off your ‘to do’ list. Christmas has only just gone, and you’re probably a little out of pocket.
Don’t get too excited about the New Year sales. Approach them with a clear, calm head, as you may get caught up in buying wild and otherwise garish pieces, just because they seem like a good deal. Take your refurbishment one step at a time and don’t rush decisions. Remember, although the New Year sales may only be on for a couple of weeks or even days, you will have to look at and live in this room for many years to come!
About the Author
Kerri Matheson is a home style blogger who has contributed this post on behalf of Furnished by Anna, offering interior design services to homeowners across Kent