Where do you get your interiors inspo from? If, like most of us, your main sources of decor ideas are Pinterest and Instagram, there’s a strong chance you’re lusting after butt-shaped vases, shell accessories, wishbone dining chairs, and all things mid-century right now.
However, if you’re considering redecorating, it could be time to step away from these fleeting fads. A better idea is to think about ways to add style through details that reflect who you are and what you like. After all, your home should be a beautiful space you love spending time in rather than a curated selection of social media trends.
Luckily, we’re here to inspire you with ways to ensure your home decor is both stylish and unique. Read on to find out more!
1. Make a Statement
If you’re struggling to know how to bring life to your home, one of the simplest and most effective decor ideas is to add a statement item. And, if it offers a contrast to the rest of the room, even better!
For example, adding a colorful armchair to a neutral living room is the perfect way to mix things up. That said, you don’t want it to look like you just threw in a random chair. Instead, you should create a considered, intentional effect by working the statement piece into your overall color scheme. So, if the chair is teal, add a teal decorative item or two – such as a vase, plant pot, or cushion – into the space.
If color isn’t your thing, you can still make a statement by adding an unexpected, eye-catching piece. This could be anything from a large monochrome print on the wall to a four-poster bed frame, depending on how much of a statement you want to make!
2. Layer Different-Sized Rugs
It might seem hard to believe but there was a time when a gallery wall was a revolutionary way to hang a mismatched yet coordinated set of photos, prints, and paintings. Now, a single piece of wall art seems more unusual as we’ve come to accept that groups of items can make often more of a statement.
Along these lines, why settle for one large rug when you can layer up a few? Layering up a few smaller rugs can often be a more economical option than going for one oversized rug. What’s more, it means you can still add in a pattern you love even if you can’t find the right size.
Creative ideas like these work so well because they’re simple yet unexpected. Plus, several rugs layered on your living or bedroom room floor will add a multi-dimensional, cozy aesthetic that ensures your space will feel warm and inviting yet also unique and stylish. Start by laying down a large, neutral rug and then layer a couple of complementary yet bold patterned rugs on top.
3. Get Personal
When you redecorate, it’s all too easy to lose sight of how to make your home personal.
Seeking out decor ideas you like or following a theme can help you express your style. But this doesn’t guarantee your home design will be in any way unique. Nor does it mean that it will be a true reflection of your tastes and experiences.
After all, lots of people like neutral colors, candles, soft fabrics, and wooden floors. But none of those people live in your home.
When you seek to add style to your home, it’s also important to add character with details that inspire you or mean something to you. Maybe they won’t be to everyone’s taste but your decor will feel authentic and original. From DIY artwork to your teapot collection, that quirky flea market lamp to your childhood blanket, making room for these meaningful items will ensure that your home is one of a kind.
4. Pay Attention to Small Details
Often, it’s the smallest additions to your home decor that bring the most joy.
Perhaps because these small yet creative ideas are more for pleasure or as an indulgence rather than anything useful or necessary. Whatever the reason, these touches elevate your space by showing your commitment to making every detail perfect.
For example, you could choose to make an elegant feature out of something functional, such as silver light switches or stylish fans for your home that look more like works of art. Or you might want to add crown molding to your walls to provide a finishing-touch that creates a more high-end feel for your home.
Paying attention to small details can also mean hours of searching through online vendors for the right wallpaper or scouring antique hardware stores to find the perfect wrought vintage handles for your kitchen. Or it can mean taking the time to DIY tie-dye throw pillows or a Moroccan-inspired side table.
It’s likely that visitors won’t even notice these details. But the happiness they’ll bring you every time you see them in your home will be worth all the effort.
5. Incorporate Unexpected Touches
Another way to redecorate your home in a creative or unusual way is to play with expectations and functions.
For example, people expect a bookcase to be full of books, or a fireplace to be full of burning logs. The instant you line the shelves of your bookcase with designer shoes and bags or fill your fireplace with stacks of books, they become style statements.
There are many other ways to add an unexpected dose of style. It could be as simple as hanging wall art in your bathroom or as dramatic as a roll-top bath by the window in your bedroom. Play around with everything from small corners to classic architectural elements and you’ll soon see how these unexpected touches can make all the difference.
Creative Ways to Add Style to Your Home
In the same way that there is no one way to dress, redecorate, or do just about anything, there are endless ways to add style to your home.
Don’t get caught up in the belief that style means following trends or using the same decor ideas as everyone else. True style is unique and personal, especially when it comes to the way you choose to decorate your home.
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