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The Christmas tree has been taken down, the decorations packed away until next year and the last traces of the festive season have been cleared up. Your home might be feeling just a little bit bare and gloomy, which is why it’s the ideal time to give it a refresh to help you embrace the New Year in style.

Seven ways to brighten up your home after Christmas - by Guy Lambert

Here are seven simple ways to brighten your home after Christmas:

  • It might be a little early in the year for a ‘spring’ clean but there’s nothing like starting the New Year off with a clean slate. The Christmas tree pine needles always seem to get everywhere and if you’ve had guests over the holiday season things are probably in need of a good clean. It’s also a good idea to take the opportunity to de-clutter where possible – you’ve probably received Christmas presents that you need to make way for, so get rid of a few things to make space. Cleaning may be the type of job you put off, but we all know we feel much better in a clean and tidy house.
  • While you are in cleaning mode, you could try reorganising your furniture. They say a change is as good as a holiday and it’s certainly true with interior design. Think about moving your sofa or bed, if feasible, so that when you are sitting or lying you have a different perspective. For a bit of fun try applying the principles of feng shui to your home.
  • Although you don’t want to start cluttering up your cleaned and reorganised home, this is a great time of year for bagging a bargain in the sales. Don’t make impulse purchases on things you don’t really need just because they are reduced in price, but if there are items you need, plan and research in advance. There are particularly good savings to be made on big ticket items such as sofas, but it’s also nice just to treat yourself to things such as brand new bed linen and towels.
  • If you are yearning for a bit of colour now that the tinsel has gone, why not get some fresh flowers or houseplants? A flowering pot plant such as a cyclamen or orchid is a great idea as its flowers last a relatively long time. Alternatively arrange single stem flowers in coloured glass vases for a stylish statement or create lush bunches of foliage or greenery to help bring the outdoors in.
  • If you want to update your interior look for the new year an easy way is to add pops of colour, in shades that are on trend for 2016, for example by adding cushions, throws or accessories. According to Pantone, the colours of the year for 2016 are Rose Quartz – a dusky pink – and Serenity – a gentle blue. Other interiors style commentators tip coral, peacock and gold as colour trends for the year ahead. Whatever shade you choose, adding colour always adds a bit of cheer.
  • Another way to make your home feel brighter and more spacious is to add mirrors and reflective surfaces, which create a feeling of light and space. These are particularly a good idea in hallways or other narrow spaces that can feel dark. Again track down bargains in the sales.
  • While the New Year is a time for ‘out with the old and in with the new’, it’s also a time recap on the year gone by. For a fun interiors feature, why not create a photo wall using framed photos taken over the past year so that your memories are treasured. Using an eclectic mix of photo frames from vintage to new and differing sizes, can create a great effect.

For further interiors ideas, check out our Pinterest page and come and visit our show homes throughout London, the South East and North West.

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Guy Lambert,
Head of Corporate Communications

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