How to refresh your space for the New Year {Guest Post}

By Bryn Huntpalmer, Modernize

  • With the new year comes the fresh promise of a brand new start—including in your home! Here at Modernize, we ring in the new year by trading out our tired designs for some fresh inspiration. Here’s what we plan on trying this winter.
  • In the Kitchen: Paint Your Cabinets
  • It’s pretty much a no-brainer, but a fresh coat of paint is essentially an elixir of eternal youth for your home: tired, grimy old cabinets become new again with a repaint, which is great for clearing up the nicks and grubby fingerprints a bevy of holiday guests have left behind. We really like the idea of bucking the traditional blues, blacks, and creams, and going for a more unexpected, dramatic color, like one of these.
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  • In a Hallway: Add a Gallery Wall
  • Nothing says “meh” like a naked wall. Pump up the volume on those blank spaces by installing a gallery wall in those empty areas. We adore the idea of scrapping uniform frames for quirky, mismatched pieces with bright notes of color. Don’t have many photos? Well, no matter! Pick up a few art books or children’s picture books from a used bookstore, pull the pages out and frame them. Or, if you really feel lost, check out this tutorial.
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  • In Your Office or Studio: Graphic Wallpaper
  • Speaking of book vandalism, here’s a punchy idea for new wall covering: making your own wallpaper. No papermill required! Just pull apart a graphic novel (or any book, really!) that you don’t mind parting with, slap some wallpaper paste on the back of each page, and affix it to the wall. Finish with a clear polycrylic topcoat. Pow! Biff! Zap! Winter woes conquered!
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  • In the Living Room: New Throw Pillows
  • A unique design is really about the little details: those notes that add interest as we take in the space around us. New throw pillows are an easy, quick way to change up your living room—could anything be simpler than buying a few new cushions and throwing them on the couch? We recommend lively, bold colors to soothe your eyes after weeks of winter gray.
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  • In the Bathroom: Revamp Your Lights
  • Yes, it’s not a black tie event, but taking a bath should still be a classy affair. We love the the look of this glamorous three-light fluted lamp lighting (picture below) from Progress Lighting. The swanky antique bronze iron frame and beaded chain is fit for the Titanic’s ballroom. Or, if something more modern better suits your taste, try the sleek graphic ring of this unique bathroom lighting fixture in Brushed Nickel.
Bliss by Progress Lighting
Bliss by Progress Lighting

You won’t have cabin fever this year! With these ideas in your lookbook, who cares if you have to deal with six more weeks of winter?