Home is where the heart is. A safe haven. Your castle. Not to mention that your home is a place where you spend a lot of time, but it is also a place to welcome guests and neighbors. So, you want your home to be a comfortable and welcoming place that fits your needs and shows off your specific style. First, know what your
unique style is. Is it bohemian, bold with color, crazy weird, minimalist, mid-century modern, or something else? Knowing what fits you will help you tailor your purchases and stay within your budget.
Here are six ways to add to your home and make it feel unique that will not cost a fortune.
Make Doors an Artistic Focus
Doors provide a fantastic opportunity to make a unique statement without using up extra space. Paint is not very expensive. Painting the inside of the front door a bold color, such as sunshine yellow, is unexpected and adds a splash of brightness. Another way to create a unique focal point for guests to notice is to replace plain white closet doors with barn doors for a rustic feel. Be sure to look at interior barn doors for sale to stay on budget.
Texture and Trim
Paint can also be used to spruce up the trim around your house. You can paint the trim around the windows, baseboards, crown molding, and stairs. An example would be to paint the trim around the windows a shade of brown that makes it stand out next to a white wall.
Consider adding texture to the walls. A wall covered with brick, panels of reclaimed wood, peel-and-stick wallpaper, or decorated tiles in one section of the house will create an artistic focus in the room and fill up space on an otherwise blank wall. Tiles can be decorated using paint and stencils to save money.
Decorate the Ceiling
Replace lights with overhead lighting that fits your style. While you are at it, make the ceiling a focal point. You can do this by painting the ceiling, adding crown molding, a medallion around the chandelier, low-hanging, decorative lights, or by putting up reclaimed wood panels for a cabin feel.
Look for used furniture to fix up at flea markets, garage sales, and thrift shops. Oftentimes, it takes just a dose of paint, maybe some stenciling, and, possibly, a new cushion to make an old piece of furniture brand new again.
Also, look for other items that can be used in different ways from the original design. Examples might include vintage suitcases that can be stacked up to use as a side table, old birdcages to house plants, and antique picture frames to fill with family photos or inexpensive prints.
Accessorize with color and hardware. The color needs to be whatever color works for you, but here again, paint is a reliable and inexpensive resource to update your space. Color can be a focus anywhere you want: on the floor, with a rug, an art wall filled with small, inexpensive prints, or on the sofa, with a bunch of fluffy throw pillows to add color to the room.
You can also change the hardware on your cabinets and drawers by replacing old knobs with new ones that can include colorful ceramics or animals, such as cats, elephants, and owls. Other ways to accessorize are an indoor herb garden or houseplants, especially if boho décor is your thing, and curtains, which will also help keep the winter heating bill down.
Remember the Entryway
Upon entering the house, the entryway is the first thing that guests see. An organized, uncluttered entryway is extremely important and easy to decorate without a lot of money.
It is also your first chance to make a unique statement about who you are. You can add a bold rug, unique coat hooks, or turn old crates into a place for shoes as well as a bench. The entryway is also a place to show off photos or inspirational art that do not cost a lot of money.
All in all, decorating does not have to cost thousands of dollars. It can instead be a fun activity that, possibly with some do-it-yourself effort, can make your home uniquely yours.