Somebody once said that “a house is on the outside, a home is on the inside”. Whether you live in a charming country house or a cookie-cutter urban concrete block, the true character of your home is revealed in its interior design. If you’re looking to give a little unique personality to your living space, you might want to give these tips a try.
Paint from your own palette
Every era of design has its preferred colour scheme, and we seem to be living in the Neutral Age now. Browns, beiges, greys, whites, and blacks are everywhere. Sometimes pastels, too. If these resonate with you, wonderful. If not, who cares!
The palette of a home should be tailored to the people who live in it. Base your choices on your personality and environment. For example, if you live in an area with lots of greenery, work off of that. You can have your home blend in by painting it in deep forest hues or make it pop with sunshine yellow.
One handy trick for figuring out your colours is to look at your wardrobe. What hues are dominant? Which pieces do you wear most often and which ones make you feel your best? You can leverage your personal style for colours and patterns to translate into your home design.
Base your decor on your interests
Nothing adds character to a home like personal passions on display. What makes your heart dance? There’s no limit to personality in home design, so feel free to showcase anything:
- Family heirlooms or photographs,
- Quirky artwork from garage sales,
- Your handicrafts and the tools you used to make them,
- Books, etc., etc.
Forget meticulously staged aesthetics and celebrate your genuine life. Love surfing? Mount your very first board onto a living room wall! Avid rockhounds, fill your cabinets with your pickings! Have a gallery wall with photos and clippings about that one obscure thing that really interests you – and be proud to share your knowledge!
Customise your clothes storage
Furniture design can make or break the space as a whole, so opt for custom pieces whenever you can. Besides classics like beds and tables, consider revamping your wardrobe. It can add a wonderful personal touch to your home.
Walk-in closets are a great way to use awkwardly positioned spaces, e.g. coat storage under a staircase. Mirror doors can make small rooms look more spacious. Look for local designers to give you professional input. They’ll know the good and bad trends, and you can get an idea of the prices in your area.
For example, urban Aussies could find someone who deals in custom built wardrobes in Sydney or Newcastle. Ask them to recommend suitable types of lumber and quality paints to achieve the appearance you want. Also, inquire about similar successful projects they recently did.
Add a favourite scent
Background aromas have a huge impact on the atmosphere of a place. Choose a scent that you absolutely love and let it fill your air. In time, everyone who comes by will associate that particular fragrance with you and your home.
For instance, 2022 home decor trends cite lilac as a favourite hue, so why not step it up with the actual flowers? If they aren’t readily available where you live, consider synthetic alternatives like air fresheners, incense, essential oils diffusers, or scented candles.
Of course, you don’t have to restrict yourself to popular florals. Vanilla, citrus, sandalwood, and lavender are some classic choices for household fragrances.
Alternatively, throw conventions out the window and go with whatever scent is your favourite: cinnamon, sea salt, grandpa’s favourite rum. Choose an aroma that will have you opening your door, breathing deeply, and thinking “Welcome home”.
Make space for making memories
Consider the space that functions as the heart of your home. This is typically a gathering area, like the kitchen, living room, or outdoor seating area. Make sure it has:
- An inviting layout
- Comfortable furniture
- A good amount of light
Try to imagine the people who you’d love to have in there, the activities that would happen, and the feelings that would fill the room. Introduce plants to make the environment feel fresh and alive. Dim the light bulbs for cosy evenings. Orient all seats towards a central spot to foster conversations and community.
At the end of the day, your home design should be more than pretty: it should improve your quality of life. Just as you would choose practical amenities that function for your specific needs, you should tailor the aesthetics to your specific personality. Make your home your happy place, and light up every time you come back.