3 Style Resolutions for the New Year

With the ringing in of a new year, Robert & I are making some style resolutions for the coming seasons. 3 resolutions, to be exact. (Why not keep it manageable?)

Each of these 2015 style goals is based on what we’ve learned (or re-learned) in 2014, and we’d like to share them with all of you – and ask you to share your own with us as well!

1. Mix More Patterns, More Often

When it comes to pattern, our tendency has long been to keep things pretty matchy-matchy. But all that’s changing, thanks not only to how the use of pattern has evolved in our own lives and home, but also to how we’ve seen others buy, combine, and live with Unison products. In the end, we’ve learned that combining and contrasting pattern can be more fun and freeing. So we’re resolving to mix it up more than ever this year.

Gray & mint pillows in various patterns

One key tip for making this work in your own pad: vary the scale of patterns. If you’re picking 3 patterned throw pillows to combine (a great number), go for 1 small scale pattern, 1 medium scale, and 1 large scale. Your patterns will play much more nicely together if they’re not competing on the size front.

Black, white, and yellow pillows in mixed patterns

2. Embrace Color Wall Paint

We are still white paint fanatics at home, but bringing color backgrounds onto our photo shoots has definitely created some strong vibes for bold wall color. I doubt we would ever do a whole room, but we have resolved to get into the accent wall, wherever fitting.

A cobalt blue wall sets a backdrop for various flowering plants in vases

A single wall in cobalt blue or pale pink can take a room from fine to fabulous. The trick is using quality paint so that the color shows beautifully and will stand the test of time.

Throw pillows sit against a pale pink backdrop

3. Always Set a Proper Table

Even for a quick breakfast at home, we still set out napkins, the necessary flatware, glassware, and plates. We think it’s of the utmost importance to not only eat together – sharing conversation and face time – but to create a very simple, properly set table when doing so.

A table simly set in black and white

If you do this every day, you’ll soon find yourself going a bit further, using place mats or tablecloths and candles at dinner. Bon appétit!

What about you?

Do you have any style resolutions of your own? We’d love to hear about them in the comments area below.

Happy New Year!

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  1. My style resolution for 2015 is to EDIT!! As I walk through my home I look at and tables and coffee tables that when I first put the room together were a perfect combination of collected, artful, and unless items- now I look at them and they are overloaded with stacks of books, candles, remotes(ugly!) and more unnecessary things then should be allowed given the total square inches they are invading
    at this point I need to take every surface back to zero… And regroup. Then I can implement your very sound advice and add color, pattern, and the perfect table setting

  2. My go-to look this year…New Year’s Decorating Resolution…is “clean and simple; but not sterile”. Clean pallets, simplified surfaces, inviting spaces.
    Love your thoughts on table settings. I’m a True Believer.