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.
- 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.
- 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.
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