10 Ways To Add More Personality To Your Home

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A Brief History

On May 17, 2018, a Tiny House Village in the Granton area of Edinburgh was opened by the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP.  There is nothing quite like the feeling of finally getting home after a long, tiring day. Your home is your place of comfort, and it is also the place where you get the opportunity to show off your taste and your creativity. This is why you should always take the time to change things up every now and then. This does not mean you have to go all out and change everything though! There are a ton of ways for you to mix things up and add a little bit of personality to your home. We are going to go over 10 ways that you can do this, hassle free and making a big difference.

Digging Deeper

1. Furniture

Furniture is the best way to change things up. You can either buy new furniture or you can move what you already have around, or you can even have changes made to the furniture you currently have. It’s never a bad idea though, to look around, because there are places that really offer up good deals on quality furniture. Furniture options at Big Save can give you really good insight as to what is available and what the prices are like, and you’ll also get really good ideas on placement. 

2. Lighting

You will be amazed at how much personality lighting can provide. The way you place your lighting fixtures and where you have the lighting directed at can make all the difference in any given room. Moving things around to allow natural light to come in during the day will also change the mood entirely. Lighting provides the difference between calm and comfortable, and over the top and overwhelming, which is why it is so important that you get the ambience set correctly with the lighting.

3. The Outdoor Area

The outdoor area can have so much done to give it that extra touch. Little things such as a swing or a fountain can really amp things up. Get simple outdoor furniture and set up your backyard or garden in a way that is welcoming for both friends and family when the weather is pleasant. Make an area where you can have a barbeque or a bonfire, add in simple lighting with either string lights or scented candles.

4. Colors

There is nothing more effective than color. You need to make sure that the color combinations that you use throughout your house are both creative and complementary of one another. It is important that you are aware that even the smallest item’s colors affect the overall look of a room, and you want the whole house to flow and make sense. So try to keep it simple and do not overwhelm the home with too many colors. You can always play around with pillows, curtains and centerpieces as those are the items that accentuate a room.

5. Art

You cannot really go wrong with art. Art always makes a statement and displays a lot of personality. It all comes  down to how you display your art.  If it is a picture, then place it somewhere where you know it will stand out, like in the corridor or living room. It does not hurt to have a light fixture added on top of it so the focus is clear.

6. DIY

Nothing screams personality and creativity quite like a DIY project! You can repurpose old furniture yourself and put it in your home to add that pop of character. There are so many projects that you can take on to do yourself or even with your family, do a bit of research online and you’ll be amazed at the possibilities! You can create your own furniture by nailing them together using a battery operated finish nailer or you can learn different ways of painting your walls, or even innovative ideas for outdoor projects. 

7. Plants & Flowers

You will be amazed at how much of a difference a solitary plant will make to your home. Shop around for indoor plants in all shapes and sizes, and see what would suit your surroundings best, and you will not regret it. Not only does it look wonderful, it’s also great for the air inside the home and adds an extra dimension to any room.

8. Decor

You need to also think about the small things that can have a big influence when designing any room in your home. Mirrors, masks, centerpieces, the list can go on and on. These are what really show off your experiences and personality. You can display things that you have gathered during your travels and you can mix and match different things from different cultures to have a unique feel that explains your personality.

9. Carpets

Carpets and rugs can actually completely transform the way a room looks. We often overlook the effect of the floor on the overall feel of any of our rooms, but it is extremely important because the color and texture affects how we perceive the room and the furniture. From time to time, depending on the seasons as well, you can play around with textures and the colors of different carpets and rugs.

10. Displays

Whether is a shelf for your collection of books or a display case for your collectibles, having displays is important to add personality to your home. There are so many wonderful and innovative ideas available these days that you’re bound to find some that suit your home. There is the idea of a walled garden, for example, or even circle shelves to clear up your children’s clutter. There are entertainment systems that can house your TV, any kind of console, and surround it with centerpieces and books alike. 

There are so many ways for you to add a touch of personality to your home, and the best part it, you can keep changing things up whenever you feel like! It helps in elevating your mood and it also makes your home feel brand new. Just keep the point mentioned here in mind when you get to it, and you really can’t go wrong! You can get as creative as you like, and you can also go out there and explore a variety of new possibilities in terms of ideas and arrangements. 

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

DeStefano, Jim.  Antique New England Homes & Barns: History, Restoration, and Reinterpretation.  Schiffer, 2017.

The featured image in this article, a photograph by Cavajunky of the launch of the Social Bite Homeless Tiny House Village in Edinburgh, UK on May 17th, 2018, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.


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