6 Interior Design Resolutions for the New Year

Here's a toast to making resolutions you can actually stick with.

With a fresh year under way and new projects on the horizon, we’re ready and excited to start working on our interior design goals for 2018. As we create our own wish list for getting one step closer to that dream home, we asked some of our favorite designers where their focus is this year.

From supporting up-and-coming artists to travel to overall simplification, these trendsetters inspire us to keep moving forward.

Coastal designed living room by Matthew Caughy interiors features a gray sofa and large painting of the sea.

Photo Credit: Zane Jones for Matthew Caughy Interiors

Matthew of Matthew Caughy Interiors
Art is such an important element to finish a space. My New Year's resolution is to search out and support new and up-and-coming artists. There are many innovative ways to find new artists, from social media to online platforms. I look forward to discovering new pieces to fill my client's walls and maybe a few for my own as well!

Modern design living room by CH Home Interiors features an open concept and large, cream-colored sectional and audobon.

Photo Credit: CG Home Interiors

Christina of CG Home Interiors
I take an unconventional approach to New Year's resolutions and choose a word to focus on each year that applies to multiple areas of my life. This year I chose "simplify."

If you've ever had a conversation with a child then you may notice their way of thinking is simple and untainted – black and white, if you will. That is how I chose my word for 2018. I need to reel it in and keep things as uncomplicated and simple as possible to allow time for business and personal growth. Since I am a visual person, this starts with my home and the spaces I create as a designer where I am taking more of a minimalistic approach. There is something so serene yet invigorating when you look at a photo of, or enter, a well-balanced, carefully planned and uncluttered space.

Neutral-toned living room by Marie Flanigan Interiors features an exterior wall of windows, fireplace with large bookshelves on each side and a classic upright piano.

Photo Credit: Marie Flanigan Interiors

Marie of Marie Flanigan Interiors
This year, I'm dedicating more time to travel! It's so important to pull away from the daily grind, embracing the inspiration that comes with new experiences. Reinvigorating my passion through the sensations of a newfound destination, while curating found objects, and familiarizing myself with extraordinary craftsmen will enhance both my life journey and my ability to serve clients; and that's what I call a win-win!

Farmhouse living room by Interior Swag features natural materials and off-white colors.

Photo credit: Interior Swag

Heather of Interior Swag
My interior design resolution for myself is to simplify. I say if you haven’t used it in six months, gift it to someone who is in need.

Molly of The Gingham Apron
My resolution for 2018 is decluttering spaces (as is probably true for many others), and getting back to the basics and purpose of each space. I want to be more efficient with my use of space.

Nicolle of Pella® Windows and Doors
My interior design resolution would be to mindfully edit. All well-loved homes have a tendency to collect things over time – especially when you have a serious love of furniture like I do. But, it’s time to begin removing pieces that no longer fit the function or aesthetic of our current home, and layer in new design pieces that bring joy and comfort, and complement our current space.

What’s your interior design New Year’s resolution? Share it on social media with the #PellaInspired hashtag – we’d love to hear from you.


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A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.