7 tips for a Happy New Interior

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Do you wish more positive changes in your life? Start with your immediate environment: refresh your interior for the upcoming year!

Just look at the photo of this small apartment in Helsinki, Finland, in which we had luck to stay for a couple of days. This apartment made it to the pages of the Finnish interior decor magazine. Despite such success, the owner paid zero euro to professional designers. Instead, she spent her budget on buying functional furniture and accessories, and carefully chose where to place what (who will find Mrs Matryoshka?)

Do you feel more motivated now? Then take a piece of paper and a pencil and sketch your apartment of change right now. And we will just give you here some tips based on our own experience gathered across Europe and numerous materials in different languages.

Try to free yourself from unnecessary things! For most people living in the society of overconsumption, it is much easier to say than to do. Try to thoroughly revise all your stuff, especially all your storage rooms. Keep only the things that you really need and use on a regular basis. If not, maybe some of these things could be more useful to someone else? One can donate them to those in need and, finally, sell… Next-year tip here: buy only stuff that you really need and that lasts long to avoid decluttering in the future!

Tip #2: Change the color of the walls to white or light neutral
Change the wallpaper or paint your walls in white or light neutral colors. This low-cost change will make your apartment look very modern. If the windows of your apartment overlook the northern side, then this seems to be the only rational solution. Light walls always visually increase the space, which is especially relevant for small or narrow apartments.

Another good idea is to choose an accent wall in each room & paint it in your favorite color. In this case, you need to choose the right color for each room. Keep in mind that warm colors tend to pull the wall towards the eye, which makes a room appear smaller. Warm colors include red, orange, yellow, and brown (a warm neutral). Cool colors are thought to include blue, green, purples and often gray (typically a cool neutral) – and they, vice verse, tend to distance the wall from the eye.

Tip #3: Add colorful accessories
White and light neutral
walls will allow you to move the main focus from walls to accessories. Choose your accessories with pleasure, try to emphasize your taste but do not overdo with their number and color combinations! Search for unique pieces of art, but most importantly: never buy accessories that leave you indifferent! Accessories must reflect your interests and should be original. And if some rare accessory is financially difficult to afford at the moment, just try to make it or sew it yourself!

And one more key principle: nature is very grateful to those who avoid accessories with a short life cycle. A good example: a cotton decorative cushion, but with a non-removable cover and filled with a hollow-fibre filling loses its quality after the first wash in a washing machine. Or something which you buy only because it is in fashion now: for example a deco object that imitates a cactus, you will likely throw it away as soon as a cactus falls out of fashion (unless you have always been ahuge cactus fan).

Tip #4: Don´t be conventional
Always try to search for unconventional ways. For example, p
lace some wall décor art objects such as a photograph or a painting on an easel or just lean it on the wall. Look for new perspectives and be sure to find them!

Tip #5: Upcycle your old furniture
If you still have some very old furniture you got tired of, try to upcycle it before you decide to throw it away: repaint, add necessary color accents or add decoupage. And keep in mind: the more furniture pieces you buy, especially storage ones, the more things accumulate and the less space remains for you in the apartment! A minimalist apartment is also much easier to clean.

Tip #6: Grow indoor plants
Nothing refreshes the interior like nature, especially if you live in a big city. The indoor air will be cleaner and richer in oxygen. It is much easier to relax and relieve stress after a busy day in an apartment that has at least one little corner of wildlife.

Try to choose plants by their utility: plants that clean the air from dust, germs and toxic substances are better suited to a city apartment. If your apartment does not overlook a busy street full of cars, you can even grow something edible inside an apartment or on a balcony (salads, etc.).

Tip #7: Turn the balcony or loggia into a place of relaxation
Of course, the climate in some countries is far from tropical, but this does not mean that the main function of loggias and balconies is storaging. If you are a happy owner of a balcony or loggia, rescue it as soon as possible from a boring fate to serve as a storage room and turn it into a place for your relaxation. And if you need to store stuff on your loggia or balcony, then think about how you can build a bench, which would be at the same time a storage box, etc.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of self-renovating the interior is the following: even if one does it step by step, one can get to know oneself better. And the interior will certainly become more original, reflect its owner's personality, his/her (perhaps completely new) hobbies - be it photography, sports or something else.

Besides these tips, numerous articles, materials and video tutorials on the Internet will certainly give you further inspirations.

But keep in mind: there is no designer like you to make you feel most comfortable and happy at home!

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