The year 2014 is coming to an end, which means it’s time to renew those new years’ resolutions once again. While some people may focus on their health and appearance as part of their “new year, new me” life philosophy, others would rather improve their home environment in order to feel comfortable and at ease in their surroundings. Gone are the days of feature walls and impersonal designs – here are a few years to perfect your home design for the new year!

Natural tones

As the world becomes more urbanized, we gradually lose touch with nature. However, you can replicate the beauty of nature in your home design by incorporating stone, wood and glass into your design. Other than painting your walls in earthy tones, you can also use house plants to deepen your connection with nature.

Marine colour palette

Another natural element that can be incorporated into your home design is a marine colour palette. While avid scuba divers can enjoy the beauty and silence of sea life, you can recreate the sense of calm and peace by giving your home a blue-green makeover. While blue-and-white is the go-to marine colour combo, you can also replicate sea life by including watercolour prints and gray-coloured “driftwood” furniture.

Industrial design

If you love the raw and edgy look of industrial designs, you can also incorporate it into your home design using metal and copper furniture and mechanical details to get that grungy warehouse look. To maximize the industrial look, you can even include bold graphics or abstract paintings to transform your wall into a work of art.

Photographic imagery

Although some of us may be tempted to copy readymade room designs, nowadays people prefer to add a personal touch to their home design in order to express their personality. Self expression is especially prevalent on social media platforms such as Instagram, where amateur photographers can include a photo filter to transform an ordinary snapshot into a whimsy and magical photo. Thanks to companies like Canvas Pop, you can now print out your favourite Instagram shot on canvas to create a focal point in your room.

Handmade crafts

Self expression aside, owning handmade crafts and original designs is also becoming increasingly important for homeowners. Instead of purchasing mass-produced furniture and decoration, nowadays people prefer to venture out to flea markets or vintage stores to find the missing piece in their home design. Once you find the perfect piece, you can build the entire room design around the special piece to maximize originality.