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This year, add variety to your resolutions with a vow to revamp your space. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to create a home environment that’s fresh, efficient, and always inviting. Living a more fulfilling way of life starts at home, so that means doing something new and different to your décor that can invigorate your life–and your outlook–for 2013. Follow four simple steps to learn how to give your home a new look for the New Year:

1. Get efficient: Before giving your home a makeover, follow the old adage “out with old, in with the new.” De-cluttering the knick-knacks you’ve amassed over the last 365 days may seem like a daunting task, but tackling one room at a time makes it feasible. Start by reading a step-by-step book or website designed to help you donate, toss, or better organize your things. These resources can also help you keep a well ordered home throughout the year. Spending 20 minutes per day cleaning and organizing your home’s “hot spots” promotes maintenance and ultimately brings efficiency to your everyday life.

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2. Get advice: Before painting, re-arranging existing furniture, or buying new pieces to adorn your home, spend some time consulting with an interior design professional or getting interior design tips online. Think about ways to simplify your space, while keeping it cozy and reflective of your personal style. Also, consider furniture arrangements conducive to entertaining friends or enjoying your favorite pastimes, like reading or watching movies.

3. Get colorful: One of the easiest and boldest ways to give your home a new dose of style is a new coat of paint. With the release of Pantone’s Spring 2013 Color Report, you’ll have an array of new and exciting colors to choose from. For more than half of a century, Pantone has defined color standards for an array of industries, including paints, fashion, and textiles. This year is no different; 2013’s hottest colors are sure to look fabulous on any wall in your house. Whether you choose to spice up your living room with “Poppy Red,” imbue your dining room with “Monaco Blue,” or spruce up your bedroom with “African Violet,” painting with one of Pantone’s newest colors will give you the style you’re looking for.

If you’re not ready to wield a paintbrush, consider incorporating Pantone’s 2013 colors in the form of accent pillows, throw rugs, or curtains. You can also pull out an underused accent color from your current décor and give it more prominence. Use it as inspiration for runners, flowers, or plant containers.

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4. Get stylish: If you decide new furnishings are the way to go, there are a variety of arrangements to explore. For example, swapping out an old, worn love seat with a timeless chair and ottoman could mean head-turning results for your living room furniture. Or, splurging on the new dining room table you’ve been eyeing for months can infuse your space with style. Smaller, but equally dramatic updates can achieve the same results. Look at your home’s current lighting fixtures and see what you can do differently. From floor lamps and table lamps to chandeliers, choosing new lighting dramatically changes your home’s ambience and decor.

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After planning your new look for the New Year, be sure to check your home’s safety features. Ensure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are installed and functioning properly. Also be sure to check your house for radon. An odorless, colorless gas, radon causes approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Test your home with a kit purchased from your local hardware or home improvement store. Kits are priced around $20. If 2013 is your year for a new home, start your search with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage by visiting CaliforniaMoves.com. A new home for the New Year could be the blank canvas you need to create a space that speaks to your unique sense of style.