When a new year begins, most folks are eager to improve their health, relationships, and finances, but what about their homes? If nothing else, 2020 proved just how important the comfort and beauty of our homes truly are. After all, people are spending more time working, learning, and relaxing at home than ever before. With this in mind, the friendly design team at Ashley Homestore in Tucson is here to help you make your home even more inviting in 2021. Check out these six home decor resolutions that are worth keeping this year and beyond.

Where aesthetics may have been appreciated more than comfort in home decor of the past, this is not the case in 2021. Now, people want every area of their homes to be as cozy and relaxing as possible, from their entryways and family rooms to their bedrooms and patios. It’s important to choose pieces that feel as good as they look when it’s time to go shopping for new furniture and decor this year. The best way to make sure you invest in items that are comfy and inviting is trying them out before you take them home. Don’t be afraid to lie on mattresses, recline on the sectionals, and sit at the dining room tables you have your eye on so that you aren’t disappointed after you bring them home. Keep in mind, if they aren’t comfortable in the furniture store, they won’t feel any better in your home.

Your home should be a place where you and your family feel most comfortable and stress-free. One way to promote the comfort and tranquility of your home is to make it your own by decorating with pieces that you love. No one wants to feel like their living spaces came straight off the furniture showroom floor. On the contrary, the most welcoming, cozy homes are the ones that are an authentic reflection of the people who live there. Fortunately, designing rooms that are personal and unique is easier than it may seem.

Start by incorporating your own personal touches to each room. Whether you choose to paint an accent wall, the entire room, or bring in accessories, such as throw pillows and artwork, any of the items you use in your home can have a big impact on its overall look and feel. As you pick out certain things that show off your personality, be sure to display photographs and artwork that mean something to you. Lastly, hang unexpected personal items on your walls, such as your grandmother’s plates, or musical instruments, to add a personal touch to virtually any space in your home, big or small.

Adjusting to life during a global pandemic in 2020 hasn’t been easy for anyone. With that being said, we could all use a spark of joy wherever we can get it. What better way to bring brightness into your home than with color? If your home is lacking personality, consider how you can bring in more color and pizazz. There are numerous ways to incorporate color, pattern, and texture into your living spaces quickly and easily, including area rugs, curtains panels, accents pillows, artwork, and throw blankets. Pro-tip: if you’re hoping to curate a relaxing, cooler space, stick with cool blues, greens, and grays, while oranges, yellows, and reds are perfect for a bold, warm, dramatic effect.

So often, homeowners think they have to completely redesign a space to give it new life. In reality, elevating most areas in your home is as simple as getting rid of excess clutter. Before you try to transform a room with new furniture and decorations, look around at what you currently have. Are the items in the room useful, attractive, or meaningful? If the answer to any of these is ‘no,’ it’s time to let them go. It may be difficult to part with your belongings at first, especially if you’ve had them for a long time, but it will be well worth it when you’re left with a space that is open, spacious, and clean. You may surprise yourself with just how different your home can feel with less clutter.

Bookshelves aren’t just for holding books anymore. They’re the perfect place to display everything from photographs and houseplants to pottery and collectibles. An easy way to make your living room or home office feel fresh and contemporary is to thoughtfully style your bookshelves. Start by emptying your bookshelf completely. Then, position your large decorations on the shelves in a zig-zag pattern, starting with the top right corner and alternating back and forth. Next, fill in with books, being intentional about how you position them. Placing some in horizontal groups and others in vertical stacks is sure to give your bookshelves a fresh, interesting vibe. While it may be tempting to fill every inch of empty space with books and accessories, leave a bit of empty space for cleaner and simpler looking results.

The start of the New Year is the perfect time to try new things, including home improvement projects. Whether you have plenty of craft and building experience or you’ve never touched a glue gun in your life, there are ample opportunities to tackle some DIYs around your house in 2021, many that can be completed in as little as one weekend. Browsing Pinterest, home improvement channels, and interior design magazines are great ways to get inspiration for your own home. Once you have a vision of how you want to update a space, go for it! Painting walls, reupholstering an armchair, or replacing your light fixtures doesn’t have to be a chore as you’re sure to have fun along the way.

Enhancing the appearance and comfort of your home is a resolution worth keeping in 2021. For everything you need to breathe new life into your home this year, stop by our showroom or contact us to learn more about our one-of-a-kind home furnishings and décor today!