New Year, New Home: 11 Fresh Ideas to Try to Shake Things Up

New Year, New Home: 11 Fresh Ideas to Try to Shake Things Up

Nancy Mitchell
Dec 31, 2017

The beginning of the year is a time of new things, of fresh starts. If you're feeling the urge to try something a little different in your home, we've got 11 ideas to help you shake up your look.

1. Paint the inside of your bookshelves

An idea we're stealing from The Design Chaser. Would also work to paint a wall before putting up shelving.

(Image credit: AirBnB)

2. Hang art in an unexpected spot

A Paris apartment spotted on AirBnB keeps things grounded, and though certainly not a look for most people, it's a surefire way to make your ceilings look extra high in comparison.

(Image credit: Chris Stout-Hazard)

3. Paint your ceiling

Earlier this month, Pinterest reported that painted and statement ceilings are going to be all the rage in 2018. Be a step ahead by tackling this project before the new year (warning: this is only for those without popcorn texture).

(Image credit: Domino)

4. Hang a collection on the wall

Spotted on Domino, here's a great way to display some of your beloved collections. Dust off that hoard of guitars/globes/paperweights and either hang them straight on the wall, or on a shelf.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

5. Draft something unusual into service as a table

Got something that could double as furniture stashed away in a closet, attic or cluttered corner you've been overlooking? Design*Sponge shows that something as unexpected as an old drum can be repurposed into something useful like a nightstand.

(Image credit: T Magazine)

6. Use an oversize piece of art an in place of a headboard

After all, you'll need something to round out that new drum-turned-side table in your room, right? Try a large canvas like this one from T Magazine or even a tapestry or wallpaper cutting.

(Image credit: Lonny)

7. Wrap a gallery wall around a corner

Every time we see an art treatment like this one from Lonny that wraps around a corner, we start plotting what corner we're going to try this on in our own home.

(Image credit: AD Magazine)

8. Hang a grownup mobile

We brought up our love of adult mobiles earlier this year, and it still think the sculptural piece might be just what your space needs to shake things up. Keep it simple like this one here from AD Magazine for a modern vibe (and hang it from a ceiling medallion to make it extra special).

(Image credit: Homelife)

9. Paint (just) your trim

This idea from Homelife can be used to bring interest up to your ceiling by painting the crown molding, or even used around window or door frames and on the baseboards to highlight other architectural details.

10. Lean art (and display knickknacks) on a low console or shelf

Here's an idea perfect even for renters that requires nearly no effort or wall damage: Stack some old magazines, place a shelf (or even a piece of raw-edge rustic wood as seen here from The Everyday Girl via Wit & Delight) on top, then style with leaning art and other decor.

Dinosaur toilet paper holder DIY from The Chic Site
(Image credit: The Chic Home)

11. Work in something a little bit cheeky

Nothing says "I don't take myself or my home too seriously" like a slightly ridiculous, totally cheeky decor addition that will make you and guests chuckle every time you see it. Our vote? Try this dinosaur toilet paper holder DIY from The Chic Site.

Happy 2018!

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