Giving a home character is actually quite easy. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or have a particular kind of home in order to create it – in fact, you don’t even have to own your home. Even a bland apartment can be given character without upsetting your landlord.
Here are some simple tips for adding character to your home with some clever decorating ideas.
Tips for Adding Character to Your Décor
Switch out your hardwareIt’s easy to overlook the hardware in your home – doorknobs, drawer handles, faucets – but these elements can add a lot of character to it. Switch out the outdated or builder-grade pieces for something with more charm. This is a great way to update your kitchen, bathrooms, doors, or even some of your furniture. It’s quick, easy, and inexpensive yet the results go a long way.
Add textureIf a room feels flat or dull, the problem can often be contributed to a lack of texture. Mixing different textural elements into the space will instantly add character and make it more visually intriguing.
Natural elements like wood and stone will make a space feel more custom, such as with wood furniture, a stone accent wall or even smaller décor pieces. Metals are another good option for adding a bit of shine or industrial flair. For a more glamorous, cozy appeal, incorporate some faux fur and other soft textiles.
Embellish with architectural elementsEven a completely empty home will have character if it has some beautiful architectural elements, such as molding or a fireplace. Extending your baseboards or adding crown molding always makes a room feel more expensive, but you can do these projects yourself for a nominal investment. You can also add trim work to the walls and paint it to make it look like you have wood paneling.
Don’t have a fireplace but always wanted one? Purchase a fireplace surround and fill it with wood, fabric, candles or décor for a fraction of the cost and upkeep of the real thing.