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The Secret Power of Fresh Spaces

Bobby Berk
By Bobby Berk

Are you still wrestling with the lofty New Year’s resolutions you made after too many Proseccos? Armed with the best of intentions—but probably under the influence—you vowed to start, stop or do more of that thing that usually doesn’t come naturally.

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, for one thing, if you’ve resolved to say, launch a start-up from the couch where you also binged The Handmaid’s Tale, you could be mere hours away from slipping into a Hulu coma.

Why? Because it’s extremely difficult to feel invigorated in a stale space. To create lasting change, try creating a fresh area that subliminally tells your brain, “I’m committed and seriously invested in transformation.” It’s a bit of a mind trick, but it works.

Fresh Spaces Shift Your Focus

 

New begets new. When you freshen up your decor, you begin to see things in a different light. It’s like turning on a lamp in a dark room.

You don’t have to knock down walls or hire an interior designer (though you could watch the reboot of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for some tips from yours truly). All you have to do is designate your new space, define it with my modern Pop Rose area rug (also comes in Accordion Blue), add a functionally fabulous desk and this slick Preston Acrylic Chair, and bring it all together with a piece of art, like my Planets I. Easy fix.

Fresh Spaces Disrupt Old Routines

Since we’re taking about New Year’s resolutions, here’s another example of how fresh spaces trick your mind into embracing change. Let’s say you’ve vowed to read more in 2018. You’ve purchased some books and stacked them on the night stand next to your bed—and that’s where they stay, collecting dust and projecting shame, until March.

Why does this happen?

It could be something as simple as not having the right lighting (I love this Panton Floor Lamp) in your bedroom or being overwhelmed by the laundry you’ve been meaning to fold. Again, old space vs. new behavior. It’s time to create a reading nook—a fresh space for the sole purpose of getting lost in a book.

Buy a comfortable chair, add a cozy Tucker Throw, one of my bold lumbar pillows, a portrait of your favorite author, and go to town on that novel.

Fresh Spaces Make You Feel Invigorated

 

OK, one more example. Maybe this year you’ve resolved to cook more instead of grabbing take-out. Far-fetched? Hear me out. What if the main reason you don’t like spending time in the kitchen has to do with the energy?

If your kitchen is drab, cluttered or uninspired, add a new accent wall with my easy-to-hang wallpaper and upgrade some of your accent pieces, I’m personally obsessed with this Elephant container and Sereno vase.

That’s really all it takes to change the vibe of a room. Energy is everything. If your interior design and décor doesn’t support the person you want to be, now’s a really good time to change it up.

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