If you are getting bored of cookie-cutter homes and the same-as-everywhere-else interior design inside them, you’re not alone. Lately it seems everyone is using similar design cues for decorating and originality and unique flair have gone missing from the equation. While the homes in question may look stylish, they also look somewhat sterile and blank, lacking as they are those personal touches which make a house or condo feel like a welcoming home.
Instilling a little personality into your home without overdoing it is a delicate balancing act. We’ve all seen – and disliked – the crazy collector’s hutches full of knick-knacks that no one else cares about, and walls and furniture in colors beloved only by the homeowner are far too common. It seems most people err in one direction or the other; either they have no sense of where to draw the line as far as personalizing their space, or they leave things so stark you’d never know an individual with personality and a distinct history lived there.
The trick is to create a living space which is comfortable for you and expresses your personal style, while also being appealing and welcoming to visitors. To do this, a great first step is to invest in simple, quality basics as a base. Know your style and choose pieces which are as timeless and high quality as possible for your anchor furniture, such as chairs, tables and bedroom furniture. If you have a very limited budget, there are many ways to find quality furniture without paying a fortune, including estate and garage sales, consignment shops and online places such as eBay and Craigslist, just to name a few.
By keeping your major furniture pieces as high-end and neutral as possible, you can build around them with signature pieces which reflect your personal style and your history; a mirror your grandmother left you, a decorative mask you got on your travels, or some exotic throw pillows you adore. Over the years, you can spend less money changing things up with fresh linens or accessories, while having a solid base of quality, timeless furniture.