New Year, New Interiors
Do you make new year’s resolutions? How many of them do you keep? Here are some suggestions for interior design resolutions that, if kept, will make your daily life so much better, you’ll wonder why you didn’t address them earlier!
Resolution 1: Streamline Important Spaces – The Kitchen
How often do you struggle to find infrequently-used tools, the right-sized storage lid, or Aunt Sarah’s prized dip and chip hostess set in your kitchen? Maybe your challenge is shelving that is too tight for your daily-use dishware, constantly requiring you to remove and replace stacks to get to what you need. Perhaps a lack of counterspace is making learning to cook more difficult than it needs to be, or not having a light in the right place to see your cookbook is a problem.
Why start every day annoyed with your kitchen, when you could be enjoying a beautifully-designed centerpiece to your home?
It could be as simple as updating your cabinets and countertop surfaces with a more modern finish, changing your hardware and lighting, or you might need a complete re-design, right down to the bones. Either way, using your kitchen should be an easy and fun experience that makes you want to invite guests over!
Resolution 2: Utilize Sacred Spaces for Recharging – The Bathroom
You know that feeling when you come home from a long day at the office, and you just want to relax in a soothing bath, and then you see your current bathroom that makes you feel like you’re staying in a forgotten motel? Maybe the annoyance is that you have to go out to the hallway closet to get a clean towel, or that a hundred beauty products fall down when you reach for that one styling tool on the top shelf?
Your bathroom should be a place of private relaxation and refreshment. It should be filled with light, pleasing to the eye as well as your other senses of touch and smell, and provide a haven to improve how you feel about yourself and your day. Ideally, it would be easy to keep clean, and have a place for everything you need, right at your fingertips.
Every last detail of your bathroom should leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. You might want a change of tiling, a fresh coat of paint, some new hardware, or maybe you need a completely new layout to make your bathroom function more like a sacred space. After all, don’t you deserve the very best, so you can achieve your best?
Resolution 3: Bring the Outside In – Use Natural Accessories
Are you one of those people who loves nature, and always wants to be outside, even when you have to be indoors? Are you drawn to wood finishes, natural fibers and the colors created by Mother Nature? Maybe you’ve admired a natural tablescape an artistic friend debuted, but didn’t know how to create one yourself.
Designing with biophilic elements can be as simple as using natural fibers for your furniture or rugs, such as leather, sisal, wool, or bamboo, or it could be more complicated, like installing exterior louvers that block sunlight in summer months and allow sun in during the winter. You might select a vertical planter for your living room and then realize you’re not sure if that needs direct sunlight, or if watering will damage your wood flooring below. Maybe you’re not ready for a big installation and want to start with something more cosmetic.
Whether your resolution is big or small, Kimball Starr has the experience, relationships with local contractors, and creative eye to carry it through to completion! Don’t let another day of 2018 go by without keeping your interior design resolutions – you’ll be so glad you did!
Kimball Starr Interior Design is an award-winning San Francisco interior design firm specializing in contemporary interiors. Kimball Starr “changes lives one room at a time” by creating interiors tailored specially for you. Contact her today!