Does a home truly reflect the owners’ personality? If that’s true, then it could be argued that many of us have a messy personality. But once the clutter has been cleared away, is what is left an accurate representation of ourselves? Perhaps generic furniture and white walls does accurately depict some peoples personalities, but the rest of us probably want to add a few unique touches to our homes…
Set Your Inner Child Free!
This might not be for everyone, but some of us have fond memories of growing up with Lego; memories that we don’t necessarily have to give up when we reach adulthood. Consider buying some Lego pieces to leave in a central area- perhaps on your dining or coffee table. While sitting around the home, you can let your imagination run free and construct whatever you want. And of course, a pile of brightly colored bricks on the table makes for a nice decorative touch.
Many of us love to keep a houseplant or two (real or fake) around to add a bit of color to a room. You need to be careful- boring potted palms can make your living room look like a dentists waiting room, and an abundance of fake plants can make it look like you’re turning into your grandparents. Why not choose a plant that’s practical as well? Many garden centers stock miniature chilli plants that are resilient and can be left to their own devices, other than the occasional watering. The red chilli’s add a vibrant touch to the room and can be harvested when you want to spice up your cooking.
The Home Library
Are you a voracious reader? Share your love of books with the world and put them on display! You can easily and inexpensively find an old set of shelves at a vintage store and turn a corner of a room into a library. Make sure that you only actually use books that you’ve read- don’t be tempted to buy a load of second hand books for decorative purposes. You don’t want to be caught out at a dinner party if someone says, “You’ve got Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust? I love that book! What did you think of it?
Matching Is Old Fashioned
This is strictly a personal preference, but not everything in a room needs to match, as it seemingly had to according to home decoration guides of not so long ago. It doesn’t matter if your walls, drapes and furniture don’t match. What might be a clash of colors for some people can be an eclectic, stylish mix for others. The only time you definitely want things to match is when it comes to dinnerware and cutlery- too many different plates makes it look like you’re still a poor college student.
Make It Yourself
Some of us aren’t so creatively inclined, no matter how easy they make it look on all those countless home improvement TV shows (the ones that show you how to actually improve your home, not the 90’s sitcom). Having said that, it can be easy to make a unique item for your home, such as a table centerpiece or lampshade. This is the age of the Internet, and you can easily Google the instructions for any project you might want to tackle. Even if it doesn’t turn out perfectly, at least it will be unique!
This is a guest post by Nate Miller. Nate currently writes on behalf of HomeOwnersInsurance.com, the best place to get an estimated range of dwelling coverage amounts for home with their homeowners insurance calculator.