If you’re expecting to come away from this article with a shopping list of items to update your home, put down the pen.
“I think it’s much more rewardi3ng to rearrange what you already have,” says Nate Berkus. “This brings new energy into your space and lets you see things in a new way.” Here, the interior designer and author—who also has home collections sold at Target and Jo-Ann Fabrics, boasts a store on 1stdibs, and serves as artistic adviser for LG Studio—shares his best tips for giving your house a fresh look. Read on for Berkus’s advice on shopping your own home, why you might be better off without certain pieces, and which room is most likely in need of some updates.
Don’t go overboard.
“I don’t recommend making big, rash changes at the beginning of the year—this is when everyone’s still stressed about losing weight and other resolutions. With Jeremiah [Brant, his husband] and I, we’re constantly moving things around our home throughout the year. It doesn’t have to be about a season or event, it should happen when inspiration strikes. Also, I don’t focus on trends because I don’t think you ever achieve what you’re looking to do—it always feels like a version of something you saw in a photograph.”
Shop your home.
“When you lay out a room, it needs to be practical, first, then beautiful. So see if you can make a room function with things you already own. Is there a new energy and juxtaposition that can come from using a side table as a nightstand? Or is there a console that can be used to set up a bar? The best designed rooms are the ones that feel layered, assembled over time, and beautifully edited. To get there, you have to be prepared to experiment.”