Living in a bare property with empty walls, minimal colour, and no accessories can feel unsettling and uninspiring. To transform your home into a relaxing and cosy space, inject personality into the interior design.
Through furnishings, accessories, and renovations, you can tailor your home to suit and reflect your tastes, lifestyle, and enjoyments. Whether you’re a renter or homeowner, there are numerous options to consider. You don’t need a huge budget to achieve this either.
If you aren’t sure where to start, read on for ten ways to add personality to your home.
1) Upcycled furniture
Instead of buying uniform furniture, upgrade an item you already own and tailor it to meet your exact design preferences.
For example, take a wooden chest of drawers, and paint it an emerald green colour with a dusty pink border and replace the handles with gold alternatives.
If you have an old chair, upholster it with a striking pattern, so it looks good as new.
2) Gallery wall
Turn a bare wall into a statement feature by displaying an eclectic art collection that expresses your interests, passions, and views. Including multiple art forms and styles with mismatched frames will also produce a distinctive aesthetic.
Bleur Art, an online gallery, has an array of original art for sale created by talented independent artists. The diverse range includes ink drawings, spray paint art, and digital prints, giving you plenty of choice for forming your unique gallery wall.
For renters, use command strips to hang your artwork so you don’t leave any damage on the wall.
3) A burst of colour
A room lacking colour can be unstimulating. So, to breathe new life into a room, incorporate bright hues that evoke certain moods, such as orange and yellow, which are energising hues.
If you own your home and are free to make big changes, use paint and wallpaper to add a pop of colour and if you’re renting, add colour with soft furnishings and accessories.
4) Display memorabilia
Placing keepsakes from celebratory occasions will remind you of the joyful experience and make your space more individual and special.
The memorabilia could include:
- wedding photographs
- a degree certificate
- baby scan pictures
- holiday souvenirs
5) A signature scent
Being greeted by a delicious scent as you walk through the door will instantly make you feel happy to be home. To add a personal touch, choose a home fragrance made by your favourite brand or with ingredients you love.
There are many types of products that can emit an aroma around your home, including candles, reed diffusers, sprays, and potpourri.
6) Greenery and flowers
Indoor plants liven up a room and help you feel connected to nature, which induces creativity, productivity, and calmness.
A bunch of your favourite fresh flowers can also encourage positivity and add character to a room.
7) Fun accessories
Once you’ve finished designing your home, you can start including decorative nick-nacks for additional style and charm.
Home décor additions could include:
- trinket boxes
- photo frames
Home accessories are also a great way to transform a room if you’re renting and can’t renovate.
8) Showcase your hobbies
Tailoring a space to accommodate your hobbies will add personality and make it easier to fulfil your interests.
If you’re an avid reader, create a cosy reading nook in the corner of a room. A chaise longue chair is perfect for snuggling up on for an afternoon of reading. Use a floor lamp to sufficiently light up the area and place a side table next to the chair for your hot drink. Fit a bookcase nearby to display your book collection too.
For music lovers, devote a section of a room to this interest with an item of furniture to store your record collection, a record player, and speakers. Display any instruments you play as well.
Crafters undoubtedly benefit from a dedicated room to fulfil this hobby to maximise creativity. Using a storage system to keep your materials and equipment in will help you stay organised and find what you need quickly. Using a desk will also make it easier to complete your tasks.
9) Statement flooring
Enhance the flooring in your house with items such as patterned tiling, bold rugs, and striking stair runners.
Consider the surrounding interiors before replacing your current flooring to avoid it clashing and becoming overwhelming.
10) Decorative light fixtures
Decorative lighting such as pendant lighting, stylish table lamps, and industrial tripod floor lamps can make a statement and emphasise your interior aesthetic.
For extra style, display a neon sign to create a lively atmosphere in the dining room for when you’re entertaining guests. The sign could be of a phrase such as ‘one for the road’ or a symbol like a cocktail glass.
Whether you incorporate all or just one of these elements, you’ll instantly add character to your home and create a space you won’t want to leave.