This is the perfect time to learn how to refresh your home decor and welcome in a new look!

Refreshing the décor in your homes isn’t just about following the latest trends. It can bring energy and transform your private space into something exciting. And that’s just what you need at the start of a brand new season or in January.

We’ve put together some creative room decor and design ideas to help you on your way…

How to refresh your home and transform your house 

Make a fresh start with a few changes to your home environment and feel the difference. You don’t need to reinvent your home; just move things around a little. When you change something, you can reap plenty of rewards.

One of the most important things to remember when decorating your home is to be aware that colours affect our emotions. For this reason, you need to choose colours that will make one feel good about being in a particular setting. For instance, a dining room will benefit from using red, which will make people feel hungry! And using soft, serene colours are more calming, so choosing blue or green in soft shades are great bed room decor and design ideas.

For more information on how colour affects our feelings, read Colours, Fabrics and Emotions.

Become more sustainable at home

Becoming more sustainable in your own home is a great way to start the year. The first step to embracing going green is by refurbishing, recycling and repainting. There's no need to buy anything new; use what you have, add some of our ideas and make it shine!

Here's how to reinvigorate decor easily in your home: transform old pieces or give picture frames a lick of paint. Make a new piece of artwork to decorate a wall or create a few to make a gallery.

Or why not paint kitchen cabinets or those in a living room a cheerful shade for a whole new look? Recycling old pieces and making them new again is an excellent way of being sustainable.

Another part of being sustainable is to throw out what you don’t want. So if you have items you can’t or don’t want to recycle, give them away to charity. Getting rid of clutter is just one of the simple ways of decorating your home and creating more space.

Another very important way of being more sustainable is by choosing sustainable fabrics and printers that print on fabrics sustainably. We’ve compiled a go-to guide on Sustainable fabric printing in the UK which will give you lots of inspiration and information.

If you own a small business, you must read our guide, Why should my business be sustainable?

Decorative ideas: Add a touch of green

Let’s continue with the sustainability theme by adding some gorgeous greenery to your interior design when you work out how to refresh your home decorating. Winter can be a dismal time, so freshen up the atmosphere and refresh your look with a small indoor garden – all it takes is plenty of green plants.

They not only brighten up a room, but house plants add atmosphere and natural beauty, too. And they add a touch of serenity – as if you were outside in the garden.

If you’re unsure of the best house plants to buy, enquire at a nursery. Find out how to care for your indoor plants so they survive indoors in your home. Indoor plants usually prefer lots of light, and are often placed near a window.

Ask the nursery how much to water the plant, but don’t over-water it. Also, check whether you need to feed the plant some plant food.

And remember: a lot of indoor plants don’t grow much in winter. So, it’s important to find out how much to feed and water them.

Change up your home space

You can change the atmosphere of a space or room in your home just by moving things around. That's one of the best ideas we know of how to rejuvenate home decorating.

The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui has been a popular topic. The principle involves rearranging objects and space in a particular home environment to create harmony and balance. 

According to Taoist tradition, Feng Shui incorporates 5 different elements: earth, fire, metal, water and wood. These elements all work together. So, use Feng Shui in your home decorating and design by balancing these elements. 

Add Feng Shui elements to your home – here's how

·      Move furniture (such as your bed) to a particular spot.

·      Incorporate soothing shades in your home decorating and design.

·      Make use of air and natural light instead of electric lights.

·      Add indoor plants to your home to bring positive energy into an area.

·      Place everything in pairs.

Sometimes all you need to alter the atmosphere and freshen a space or room is to take time and rearrange furniture. It gives any space a new perspective – and that’s what a new effect is all about.

Buy or make some new decor items

One needs some new energy in a space or room in one’s home to completely reinvent it. If you recover sofas and throw pillows with gorgeous fabrics and patterns, that's recycling, too.

Swap dark colours for crisp white, a solid bright or patterns in a choice of shades…

maake can assist with your fabrics and patterns. We offer an inspiring collection of base fabrics for you to choose from – and we also have a magnificent Design Library for you to select inspiring patterns and designs.

These are created by independent artists, many of whom are living in the UK. When you independently choose a pattern, the artist gets paid!

If you’d prefer to create your own pattern, we can print it on fabric for you. Just upload your design and start making magic!

It takes just one furniture piece...

Alternatively, find one unique piece of furniture or item that will transform a living space in your home and create a whole new look. Choose something new, whether it’s brightly coloured or soft and subtle. That one item can make all the difference to a living room, kitchen, or even a bedroom.

Other great items to invest in to change up home ideas is a carpet, rug or other type of flooring. It can change the overall look of any space.

Be selective when you buy a room rug – think about its texture, thickness and durability. This item can get a lot of foot traffic, so it needs to be good quality and hard-wearing.

Whatever single item you choose, it can drastically alter feel of any living space. You’ll be amazed at how much decoration ideas can create a brand-new look.

Decor ideas to refresh your furnishings

To inspire you, we’ve put together a selection of tips and tricks to change up the interior of your homes, from your living room to a bedroom and everything in between. Take a look…

Play with light by using a mirror

Depending on where you place the mirror in a room, you can add lots of natural light. The secret is to put the mirror exactly where the sun shines in, as the mirror will bounce the light around. Mirrors in a home also add an element of extra space.

Refresh with wall colour

Paint or paper a wall a cheerful shade and/or pattern that will bring a touch of summer in.

Check out our fabulous selection of wallpaper to give you some color and decorative ideas! If you’d like to repaint a room, go for soft tones of yellow and blue. Or choose a bright green hue for an invigorating decorative effect.

Recycle furnishings with a paint finish 

You’ll be amazed at how different a shelf or dining room table or TV cabinet, dresser, coffee table or dressing table can look just by changing its shade and texture. You can make it worthy of an Instagram picture or Pinterest pin in no time!

Special paint and textures can create visual interest. These can also transform an item into something new and beautiful. They will also give the piece a second life. That's better than having to spend a fortune when you buy a piece.

Reinvent a room

Corners, empty spaces or a tiny room can be renewed by reinventing them. Make a study area, home office, gym, games room or TV room. And if you have no space in the house, use the garage!

A little bit of innovation can go a long way, and can find an easy way to revitalise your house! Often all it takes is thinking out of the box before you add some color.

A spring clean is always a good idea

If it's winter, you'll have to call it something else – and get started! Start the year or a new season, even if it’s just the Christmas season, off with home redecorating ideas that sparkle and you’ll notice the difference!

Dust it, mop it, vacuum it, sweep it, wash it. After a big clean-up, you'll notice how different the space will feel! It's a good idea to clean your house before you start redecorating.

Let maake help you create timeless home accessories. To start with, take a look at our informative guide on The best textiles to use for redecorating and design.

Find out what's new and on trend in decor 

1. Kitchen confidential

There are 3 very popular colours for a home kitchen at the moment –  white, blue and grey. Blue is the latest trend, especially when combined with a neutral shade. Play with shades of blue to see what would work for you.

2. Bathroom bliss

Turn a bathroom into an experience instead of just a spot to bath or shower. This involves choosing serene shades for blinds and accessories, as well as up-to-date bathing accessories (think shower heads that do extra work, such as a misting or deep massage effect).

Using natural materials in the bathroom is also popular – choose wooden cupboards, for instance, or natural stone for sinks and counters.

3. Choose hues

    You can choose soft, tranquil hues or try bold and bright shades, which are becoming increasingly sought-after as an open alternative to neutrals in home. Use bold colours or an adventurous image or pattern on fabric or a wall to transform a space into a more dramatic version of its former self.

    4. Layered textures

    Nothing is more exciting than layering textures to create an exciting, individual atmosphere. Fabrics in various textures offer lots of visual excitement – and you can feel the difference, too!

    5. Curves are all the rage

    This year, we haven’t seen the use of as many linear and angular shapes. Instead, designers are choosing softer, more fluid shapes, especially curves, for pieces and patterns. This is a stark contrast from previous streamlined decorative items and offers a more voluptuous take on furniture, especially couches and chairs as well as arches for doors and windows. Think of how you can use curves in patterns and home accessories to create a harmonious effect.

    6. Virtual vintage

      Look online and you’ll find a re-emergence of old-fashioned pieces. These items remind us of that we can recycle what we already have and transform it into something that withstands the test of time. That’s sustainability at its very best, a chance to embrace much-loved pieces and use them to refresh in innovative ways. Add something old and much-loved to your modern environment and don’t forget to give yourself credit by taking a pic for Instagram! Twist it – perhaps with brightly coloured upholstery. And see how it will make a dramatic accent.

      Tips to help you

      We have a smart toolkit you can use to choose and create fabrics with your own or specific room design ideas. Take a look:


      If you’d like to order something readymade for the future; something that is customised with the fabric of your own choice, maakeHome can assist with a variety of items for living areas.


      December 22, 2022 — Artemis Doupa