We’ve been in our home for 6 months now, and downstairs is pretty much finished when it comes to the decorating. I think our house completely reflects my family- frugal, old fashioned and practical.
If there’s one thing that’s more important than anything else when you’re choosing how to decorate and design your home it should be personality. We all know that strange feeling when you walk into someone’s home and just feel… nothing. It’s as though there simply isn’t any life in the entire place. A lot of the time this ends up happening because the home simply doesn’t have anything to set it apart from any other. It ends up feeling more like a showroom than a home where people live and make memories. Clinical and beige (or worse… white!)
The best way to bring some personality into your home is to turn the whole thing into a reflection of who you are. Use your home to show off your own personality, and you’ll be able to turn it into somewhere unique. Luckily, doing that isn’t nearly as complicated as you might think! Here are some easy things that you can do to bring your personality into your home.
Show off your interests and personality
What’s more, personal that your own memories and experiences? Nothing brings life and personality into a home faster than collections of pictures of friends and loved ones. Not only does it provide you with a great way to decorate your home but it also lets you hold onto and enjoy those precious memories as much as possible. When you have kids, frame their drawings and display them throughout the house as well to show them how much they mean to you. I’ll be honest, my kitchen doesn’t do framed art by the kids. Every cupboard had school projects blue-tacked onto the cupboards and doors.
My house is full of books. My living room has a growing number of shelves going up full of books. We love books. Knitting, gardening, child development, parenting, sewing, animal kingdom, farming, and vintage living books fill the walls. I have an old fashioned (hand made) book cabinet full of novels. The books spill up the stairs and onto the landing- history books, and board game rule books, our bedroom always has the current reading list on the bedside tables.
I have a corner of the lounge dedicated to my crochet, knitting and sewing. Wool nearly as high as the ceiling surrounds my arm chair. Little cubby holes all over the house hide board games, some rare some common.
The kitchen is full of pickling jars, recipe books and tools for preserving our food.
And I would still consider us experts at decluttering… we do need another big declutter session soon though.
There are few things that can make a home seem totally generic than having the same furniture or decorations as everyone else. The rise of chain homeware stores has meant that far too many of us simply end up with the same stuff, leaving our homes looking totally interchangeable. If you want to avoid this, then go the extra mile and find places that sell unique and interesting decoration ideas. There are plenty of places online that do this and, if you make a trip to your local town or city, you’re pretty likely to find some smaller stores that sell things that you’d never be able to find anywhere else.
We have a local warehouse that sells home furnishings, clothes, textiles and bric-a-brac that is all completely unique and old fashioned. I have a 1940’s wardrobe that cost a tenner, and even my fireplace came from there. I had a guess that it’s from the 1930’s, and I don’t know anyone else who has the same fireplace as us!
People have come to my home and likened it to a living museum, or even a little farm cottage… it’s just a 1920’s council house! People love exploring my shelves and borrowing books. Many hours I have spent with friends sat around the fireplace knitting. I certainly do not have a generic show home house!