Ask the Designer: How can I add personality to my ordinary home?

How can I add personality to my ordinary tract home without breaking the budget on expensive artwork?

Great question!  Adding personality to your home is much easier than you might think and does not begin with a trip to an expensive art gallery!  The personality of you and your family is what turns your home into a special place that is different from your neighbor’s house even though your floor plan might be identical.  Photographs beautifully framed and artfully displayed are the most unique item you can utilize as there is no one else who will have the exact same photo of you and your family on a beach vacation or shots of you on your wedding day or that goofy photo of the family wearing fake mustaches.  But here are some other budget friendly tips that will add personality to your space:

  • How about a unique doorknocker?  I have a client who weaves award winning baskets that sell for hundred of dollars in art galleries throughout the western United States and her door knocker is a brass basket.  A monogrammed door knocker is a sophisticated way to greet your guests or you may opt for a true miniature work of art such as the custom woodpecker doorknocker from Martin Pierce Hardware.
  • martin pierce woodpecker knocker in bronze
monogrammed door knocker from Pottery Barn

monogrammed door knocker from Pottery Barn

  • A touch of whimsy will always add personality to a space.  This does not mean you have to hang a painting of a cow if that is not your style (although I think it is quite fun!)  Toss pillows in whimsical prints and patterns that represent a specific season or holiday or a piece of “sculpture” your child created in art class that has been custom framed and displayed in your formal living room or fun picture frames that are “blinged” out in colorful jewels will create a fun display on a chest or sideboard.
  • jeweled photo frame from etsy

    jeweled photo frame from etsy

  • Family heirlooms add instant personality to your home.  From your grandmother’s favorite wing chair to an entire dining room set that has been handed down through the generations to a simple metal box that has been in the family for generations; these are conversation starters and certainly something unique to your home and to your family.

Unless you are totaling recreating the look of a room found in a magazine, your home will have personality.  You and I might have the exact same couch but the way we place it in our living room and the way we adorn it with pillows and throws and the way we surround it with other pieces makes it uniquely ours.  Decorate your home with items you love and cherish or simply enjoy and the end result will be a home full of personality.

Need a little help creating the home of your dreams?  Contact DH Design at and let’s get busy!

About hayniedi

What about me? In a nutshell I am a middle-aged interior designer and freelance writer, mother of an amazing 27 year old daughter, wife to my semi-retired lawyer husband and step-grandma to two delicious babies. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with interior decorating and love to share my passion for beautiful rooms with anyone who will listen. Join me on this blog as my husband and I enter our empty nest years and move back into the first home we bought when we were first married that has been a rental for the past 15 years. I will share our experience with remodeling as well as other ideas and thoughts that I hope will inspire you.
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