Moving home can be an exciting venture, and often starting anew in fresh surroundings can be exactly what the doctor ordered. However, it may come as no surprise to you that sometimes a new home, or even one you’ve lived in for years, can be lacking character and atmosphere. Your home is your base of operations; it is where you raise your children, entertain friends and family, and is a space in which to create new and lasting memories. Your house is the one place in the world where you should feel safest and at your most at ease, and therefore you should be able to look at your home as an extension of yourself. Baring all this in mind, it is important to find ways to bring a personal touch into your house, so that as soon as you step inside your front door, you will immediately have a smile on your face. If you are not sure how to start bringing in more personality to your décor, here are a few tips to get you started.
Your wall décor is the perfect place to make a statement about yourself. If you are a cultured, well-traveled person, then hanging souvenirs from your travels will allow you to express that part of yourself. Many people like to hang artwork on their walls, and the style of art you can choose is completely dependent on you and your own personal style. A lot of more family orientated people may prefer personal photographs hanging on their walls, as filling your walls with positive memories helps to create an instant sense of ‘home’ in a household. A great idea to incorporate personal art into the home is to commission a portrait of your favorite photograph; read more here to get an idea of how this could act as a focal point in a room.
There are a lot of widely known established rules when it comes to using color in your home, for example: not using too many dark colors in a small room in order not to make the space feel smaller; using bright colors to bring more light into a room; or having a feature wall at the far end of a long room to make it feel cozier. While all these rules and color do’s and don’ts can be incredibly beneficial, especially if you are a decorating novice, they can also be incredibly restricting.
When you are choosing colors that you would like to incorporate into your interior scheme, sometimes the best bet is to go with your instincts. To give your home, a personal touch means to create a space which signifies you: somewhere you will feel completely at ease. Just as you know what your favorite colors are, and what color clothing you prefer to wear, take this knowledge and move it into your home. Choose colors which will lift your mood, and create your own color scheme which will be, in essence, an extension of your own self. For example, if you are an understated person, then you shouldn’t feel pressured into including lots of strong colors into your décor. Throw out the rulebook and go with whatever mixture of colors you feel works; As long as you are happy with the end result, that is all that matters.
Your furniture amounts to so much more than just items to fill up your home with. While functionality is important, everything about your furniture, from the materials you use to the colors you incorporate, says something about you. Using more natural, exposed woods creates a space which feels cleaner and more organic. While plastics can be inexpensive and practical, they can also present as quite impersonal. Using painted, or colored, furniture, in a home with little existing color can be a great way to imbue some personality on a space without it being too loud or aggressive. However, if you are not sure what direction you would like to go in with your furniture choices, it can be better to start with neutral colors and materials.
Using a minimalist furniture layout can create a clean, organized space, but can also appear less personal and devoid of character; therefore, if you plan on using less furniture, try to balance this out with some more soft furnishings. Soft furnishings are a great way to add character to your home, as they add color and style. Using bright patterns on cushions is a way that you can add even some of the most outrageous colors into your décor scheme without it becoming overbearing.
You may have thought that it is the furniture and the coloring of the home which creates the atmosphere, but although those elements play a role, it is the lighting which sets the tone and mood of a household. Lighting includes both natural and synthetic light, and how you use these two factors will affect the feel of your home. A home with more natural light can feel open, and peaceful, but too much natural light can also create a cold and exposed atmosphere, especially at night. On the other hand, a home with very little natural light can feel cramped and boxed-in.
Depending on the atmosphere you want to create, you can change the lighting methods you use. It is not always possible to change the amount of natural light within a house, but it is possible to replicate the feeling of natural light, as well as counteract too much natural light, through interior lighting. LED ceiling lighting can create a brighter light which is more reminiscent of daylight and will light up a whole room in a way that mimics natural light, depending on where the spotlights are placed. Using soft lighting, such as with upward facing wall lights, as well as lamp light or string lights, creates a warmer and cozier atmosphere than LED, and can be a good way to counteract natural light, as this sort of lighting brings the focal point inside a room, rather than out the windows.
These are just a few simple ideas which you may find useful to utilize when trying to make your home more personal to you. However, the most important thing is that you are happy and comfortable in your surroundings, so use these guidelines as a starting point, not as strict guidelines for interior decoration which you have to adhere to.