Letting go and starting fresh: furniture edition

Loak Designs

The new year is inevitably filled with changes, some of which we cannot predict or prepare for but what about the changes we can control? This opportune moment carries a symbolic significance of fresh beginnings and renewal which make it a good time to reevaluate the utility and relevance of the objects surrounding us. As we transition into a new year we can decide which things we want to part from and which one’s we want to accompany us into the future. Moreover, it’s a natural time to reassess the utility of our furniture and separate the redundant and obsolete pieces from the ones that continue to serve their purpose in our daily lives. As our lifestyles evolve, we want our surroundings to also adapt and reflect our different needs in order to create nurturing spaces that support our well-being, functionality, and current aesthetics


How do we choose what pieces to let go?

The most difficult step is always letting go, so think about the initial signs that already suggest when it is time to move on. If you are looking to start the year afresh, with less burdens, limitations, or obstacles, the first place to start is your home. To free up some space and ensure that your home is truly up-to-date with your lifestyle you will need to engage in a straightforward assessment of the functionality and practicality of each piece. If a piece no longer serves its intended purpose, doesn’t fit your current habits, or if it requires constant repair or maintenance, it might be time to bid it farewell. Of course, sentimental value matters but it should not be the sole reason to outweigh all the signs that something doesn’t align with your needs. 

Dumais Interiors

Taking the sustainable path

Once you have made your decision, one of the most important implications is sustainability. How do we get rid of furniture we don’t want anymore in an ethical and environmentally friendly way? If our set of chairs, coffee table, or dresser is in good condition but it no longer reflects our interior’s aesthetic, it could still become the perfect match for another home. Donating or selling in this case is the ‘go-to’ option to give furniture a new life. In some cases, we can even extend its lifespan by repairing or upcycling a piece to serve a new purpose. Both options save us when encountering the initial question of what to do with obsolete furniture? Where do all these products go if not for disposal?

Here’s another option for those who wish to avoid generating more waist while maintaining their homes updated to their needs: recycling. This is always the simplest answer when a piece isn’t in usable condition and is made out of materials like wood, metal, or fabric that can be recycled. All it takes is one email or phone call to a recycling or waste management service to check which one’s accept your furniture for proper disposal. This takes us to consider another point when buying the replacement for our old pieces; selecting new sustainable alternatives made from reclaimed wood, bamboo or recycled materials. These eco-friendly manufacturing options and ethical sourcing will also help us enter the new year with a clean conscience and one less worry for our future. 


Opting for minimalist

Let’s admit it, nobody actually starts by being a minimalist. We are all gatherers until the point comes when the thin line separating us from hoarding begins to blur and makes us realize that it is time to start reassessing our decisions. This wake up call is what ultimately guides us to peruse through the minimalist catalogs and try to adopt some of this mindset in our interiors to either reduce waste, limit unnecessary consumption, or for aesthetic purposes. Whichever the reason, this approach actually works since it encourages us to keep only the furniture we genuinely need or which serves multiple purposes; thus focusing more on the value and quality of every piece. 

Decus Interiors

What type of furniture do we want in this new year?

Once we remove the unwanted or unnecessary pieces, we are left with a new space and the freedom to fill it in or leave it be as we want. If what you choose, however, is to introduce new furniture that reflects your goals and vision of who you want to become, then maybe you want to check out some of the upcoming trends that will mark the future of interiors across the world.

Hugo Toro

Natural and organic

For example, we have the timeless appeal of ethical pieces which is only bound to grow in popularity as the world strives for more sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives. For those who want to reduce their ecological footprint, you’re in luck as more brands are coming up with pieces made from recycled materials, reclaimed wood, or featuring organic designs. Natural elements such as raw wood, stone, or sustainable textiles can be seamlessly integrated in modern furniture to create a sophisticated and one-of-a-kind look. When combined with organic shapes, curves, and fluid lines, these sustainable creations can elevate your home to new design standards. 

Loak Designs

Multifunctional and flexible furniture

One thing that will always reign above all choices is comfort. Nothing is more luxurious than a soft, plush seat or bed after a long day of movement. At the same time, with the rise of remote work and adaptable living spaces, furniture that is not only perfect for relaxation but also promotes good posture will take the frontlines. In fact, we can even expect more from design as multipurpose furniture and reconfigurable pieces become more popular. Think of modular sofas, convertible tables, and hidden storage integrated designs. In this case, it is not just fashion that drives us to buy new furniture but most importantly, our lifestyle. Considering your habits, the time you spend at home and how you want to spend that time, what piece would be the perfect fit for your comfort standards?

Heju Studio

Retro revival

Some fashions never truly die out, they come back in a myriad of different forms with new names and inspirations but the source is the same. This is the case with retro styles that by nature, can be adapted to any modern interior. Mid-century modern furniture or ‘70s and ‘80s designs are bound to make a comeback this coming year to create a fresh yet familiar aesthetic. The furniture pieces that combine nostalgic elements with modern functionality draw inspiration from iconic past designs such as egg-shaped chairs, sunburst mirrors, shaggy rugs, or bubble lamps. Sounds familiar? Perhaps you’ve already spotted one of these pieces winking at you from a window shop. 

Tali Roth Designs

Bold colors and patterns

Most importantly, this new year is the best opportunity to showcase our true vibrant colors and step out from this wintery slumber. Designers understand your need to face your coming experiences and challenges with newfound energy and passion, that’s why bold colors and patterns are also making their way into the new year. For those who want to instill more personality and energy into their interior, try shifting your furniture to more playful patterns in upholstery or vibrant accents that showcase your unique self. 

Studio Giancarlo Valle

Ending the year on a good note

In summary, our hopes for positive changes, a sense of renewal, and an improved quality of life for the new year can all be reflected in our interiors. Introducing a few fresh pieces of furniture can contribute to these aspirations by fostering a renewed environment that aligns with our personal growth. Updated pieces facilitate a fresh perspective, encouraging a mindset shift and creating an atmosphere that inspires productivity. If you are ready to embrace a new beginning, how will you choose to spice up your interior?  

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