You don’t have to be a fancy interior designer or a millionaire with lots of money to burn to want to put a personal stamp on your home. We all want our home space to reflect who we are and what is important to us. Just like the clothes you wear, your home is a great window into your soul. It should reflect your style and taste and your passions.
For example, if you are an avid reader then wall to wall book shelves with your favorite books and poems proudly displayed and a cozy reading nook with a comfy chair will speak volumes about your voracious reading appetite.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of money and time to do a complete revamp of your home. There are plenty of inexpensive and easy to do changes you can make in your home to make it scream you more loudly. Here are 5 ways you can put your personal stamp on your home:
Antiques and heirlooms
One easy way to put your own personal stamp on your home is to include any heirlooms that have been passed down in your family. If you got your grandmother’s china, don’t let it collect dust in storage somewhere, bring it out and display it proudly in your dining room. Or maybe it is a rocking chair or a painting done by a family member that has been passed down in the family. Find a way to include a little piece of your past in every room.
Don’t lose heart though if you don’t have any heirlooms. If you love antiques that tell the story of a former era, you can collect pieces from your favorite time period and decorate with them as inspiration pieces. Some antiques can get pricy so don’t rush out and buy the first thing you see. Spend some time perusing flea markets and antique shops and wait for special pieces that have meaning to you. If you take the wait and watch carefully approach you may even get a discounted price for it.
What better way to make something uniquely your own than to design or create it yourself? While you don’t want your home to look like a complete DIY project, adding a few personal pieces that you made with your own hands can really be a nice touch. For instance you can make a lamp out of a childhood trophy or a special vase or you can distress and paint your dining room table yourself.
This isn’t for everyone however. If you don’t enjoy hands-on projects and feel like you are all thumbs most of the time, then this might not be the route for you. You don’t want your pieces to look to arts and crafty so only commit to a DIY project if you know you can make it look professional looking.
If you wanted to go completely literal, why not put your name or initials in unique ways around your home. It can be as simple as monogrammed towels and robes in the bathroom to your initials as artwork on the walls of the family room. How about an engraved serving tray to sit on the ottoman in the living room? Try to think outside the box and find visually interesting way to include your initials or name into the décor. Your guests will have fun trying to find them throughout the house.
Family Photos & Artwork
Of course, nothing tells a story better than personal photographs and artwork. Whether they are pictures of the kids and grandkids or photos of all the places you have traveled to, creating a wall of photos can really give visitors to your home a glimpse into your life. Use the long stairway as a photo gallery or sprinkle photos throughout the house showing little moments in time for you and your family. If an important family member has passed away then you can commemorate them with a little photo memorial.
For the best results, try to mix different sized photos together and look for unique photo frames to hold them. Remember that everything doesn’t have to match so choose frames of different colors and materials to create a one-of-a kind look.
If you are an art connoisseur, including your art collection through your home is also a great conversation starter when people come over. Not only can you discuss how the piece speaks to you, but also the story about how you came to acquire it. Did you buy a painting or a special photograph on your honeymoon? Proudly display it in your living room. Your family and friends will love hearing that story and for you, each time you walk into the room you will think back to that special time.
Decorate by Theme
Is there a certain design aesthetic or time period that reflects your personality more than others? Do you consider yourself more modern or more traditional or a little bit country? Or are you more eclectic in your style? You should definitely decorate more to your style or personality. For example, if you like to add a little bit of fun and a note of luxury into every room, consider cowhide rugs. The great thing about them is that they don’t only fit in country or ranch style homes anymore. You will see them even in modern apartments as a contrast to all the monochrome and glass. Cowhide rugs are very durable and last a long time so they are often passed down has family heirlooms which would be an added plus. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and have some fun with your decorating.
Your home should also be your haven away from the realities of life. Don’t let mountains upon mountains of clutter get in the way. When your house is a mess it is hard for you or your guests to appreciate the personal touches you painstakingly added to your home. You want those personal touches to jump out when you walk in the room. So go ahead, have fun and make your home you’re a celebration of you with these 5 easy steps.