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Whether you rent or own your home, it should be the primary source for expressing your individuality. Your rooms are extensions of your personal style, and it’s important to have decor that reflects who you are. In case you need some help getting started on a more creative home, we’ve gathered 10 great tips for adding a unique touch to your space.
1. Create a gallery wall in your living or family room. Use a mix of expensive art work and affordable prints (we’ve got plenty of art available at Consign Design). Make sure you have at least two larger pieces to anchor the smaller items.
2. Display your collections in original ways. Think floating shelves for books, open shelving for kitchen knick knacks and hanging old photographs or postcards with wire and clothespins. Use shadow boxes to display old concert tickets or keys from every place you’ve ever lived.
3. Use a chalkboard to add creativity to any room. Display an inspirational quote in your entryway or use it for your grocery list in the kitchen.
4. Find one completely unique piece of furniture for every room. Buy a bold-colored couch, create a DIY coffee table, find an old vintage trunk for your master bedroom… just make sure one piece in each room makes an original statement.
5. Stencil a favorite quote on your bedroom or bathroom wall.
6. Display your magazines on coat hangers hung on the bedroom wall.
7. Place bouquets of your favorite flowers on coffee tables and end tables, and change out the arrangements weekly.
8. Repurpose an old dresser by painting it and using it as a buffet table or for storage in a hallway.
9. If you have a bold personality (and permission, if you rent), paint your kitchen walls a bold hue like yellow or cobalt blue.
10. Give your bathroom a spa-like ambiance by displaying soap, lotion and bath salts on a footed cake plate. Set it on your counter and tuck a few washcloths underneath.
Home design trends may constantly come and go, but there are some tried-and-true ideas that seem to have staying power. Classic elements of decor stay classic for a reason—they work! Here are our top 10 favorite decorating tips:
1. A mirror can not only make a room appear larger, it can make or break a room. Hang a large, beautiful mirror in a small room and watch the space come to life.
2. Always pair accent pillows in bright colors with a neutral-hued couch. The pillows will wake up the couch color and prevent decorating boredom.
3. Incorporate a few antiques into even the most modern home. This may mean an old armoire in your contemporary dining room or a clawfoot tub in the bathroom. Elements from the past always accentuate present-day decor.
4. Trust your instincts. No matter what the professionals say, if something doesn’t look right to you, change it!
5. Paint inexpensive furniture white. This will make it look newer and more expensive.
6. Invest in at least one piece of fine art. If you can’t bring yourself to spend hundreds or thousands on a painting, at least frame those cheap prints in high quality frames.
7. Bring in the green! Houseplants will not only liven up your living space, they’ll add fresh oxygen to your rooms.
8. Move seating a few inches away from the walls. Floating furniture creates a more intimate setting and looks more stylish.
9. Hang your artwork higher in places where you stand and lower in rooms where you sit. If you have to strain your neck to see it, you’ve hung it too high.
10. Always decorate with books, but never use paperbacks. Stacks of books look stylish on the coffee table, on open shelves and even as makeshift end tables piled high next to your sofa. But using hardcover is always best. Remove the jackets on the books to show binding color, embossing and texture. Then display away.
Home ownership is great, but it isn’t always possible. But even if you live in a rental house or apartment, there are plenty of ways to make your place feel like home. You may not be able to do major renovations, but you can always spruce up your living space. Check with your landlord or building manager before taking on any major project. Then get busy personalizing your new home:
1. Paint an accent wall. If you have a 12 month lease, most rentals will allow you to paint as long as you don’t leave any evidence when you move out. Paint can immediately transform a space. Paint your bedroom walls, or paint a single accent wall in the living room. Don’t be afraid to go bold with a deep, rich hue!
2. Add some area rugs. Whether your rooms are carpeted or not, area rugs are great for defining different areas in your home. Rooms that have several layers feel more sophisticated than one-dimensional rooms. Try adding one to your living room underneath the coffee table. If you have a place for a dining room table, placing an area rug underneath can help separate the space.
3. Try self-adhesive wallpaper. There are so many brands of temporary wallpaper now that peels off easily, you’ll have your pick of color and design. Try wallpapering your bathroom or your front hallway.
4. Add some new accent furniture. A quirky chair or a set of vintage end tables to enhance your couch will do wonders for your living room. Adding an ottoman to your bedroom will add instant sophistication. Accent furniture is great for rentals because it’s easy to move in and out.
5. Invest in quality curtains. Fabric curtains will add instant luxury to your rooms. And blackout drapes will provide you with sweet slumber in any season. Just because your rental provided blinds doesn’t mean you’re stuck with them! And while you’re at it, go through each room and replace any light bulbs that seem too bright or too dim with more appropriate options. You might be renting your place, but you deserve to be comfortable.