One of the joys of owning your home is transforming it into an expression of your unique self. Adding character can easily become an expensive renovation as you dream of intricate architectural details, rich materials, and the latest in residential technology. But turning your house dreams into reality does not have to break the bank if you stick with these strategies.
Colors and Patterns
Personalizing your walls with a new paint color is one of the least expensive ways that you can remodel a room. Whites and neutrals may be fine for mass-produced housing, but bold shades add vitality and distinction to a space. Wallpaper is a great alternative which can add attention-getting patterns. If you’re unsure of how a room full of these expressions will affect you and your family in the long run, confine your wall treatment to just one wall. It can then act as an accent for the room, and you can always expand to other walls in the future.
If you have a small or outdated kitchen, one way to add impact is to replace the upper cabinets with open shelving. You expand the visual space because your eye is drawn upward and you won’t have doors blocking the view of the walls. The shelves provide a handy area to show off your favorite dishes, glasses, and pottery. You can also easily remove items that you need to use without having to open and close doors. Paint the shelves in a color that differs from the wall so that both the shelving and displayed items stand out.
They just don’t make them like they used to, which is especially true for furniture. Vintage chairs, tables, bookshelves, and desks were often built out of solid wood and meant to last generations. They also have a unique style that adds instant history and depth to a room. While antiques from centuries ago command exorbitant prices, pieces from the last century are often cheaper than their modern counterparts. Look for them at consignment shops, antique malls, and garage sales.
Who You Are
There’s no better way to personalize a space than to display what you’re interested in. Take down those mass market paintings and wall decorations that look pretty but are somebody else’s idea of art. Instead, hang pictures, posters and artwork that are meaningful to you. Put up blown-up sizes of family photos, logos of your favorite sports teams, and framed drawings by your kids. Take your collections and hobbies out of their storage areas and display them in artfully arranged groups around the house. All these personal items add character to your home because they instantly tell visitors who you are.
By now you should have plenty of ideas percolating in your head. If some of them are huge, schedule your consultation with L&L Contractors to get some ideas on other ways you can add character to your home on a larger level!