How to personalise and make your home yours with a few small touches


Your home is a reflection of your individuality. How you decorate your house, regardless of your budget, will make a statement to the outside world about who you are. It takes time to decorate the whole home but you can always make a start with just a few touches.

Work out what’s important

For most people the most important feature of their lives is their family. This is a great starting point when it comes to personalizing your home. If you’re very flush you can commission a portrait of your nearest and dearest, or you can be just as creative and invest in some metallic prints of your family for the desk or for your wall. Don’t crowd the house with photographs; just make sure that the ones which you display are placed prominently. 

Identity through Color

One of the easiest ways of expressing yourself is through the colors that you use in the decoration of your home. If you can’t afford to refurbish the whole house, then just change a room at a time. A can of paint is relatively cheap, and once you’ve worked out a color scheme that reflects your identity and works well with your home’s natural light, you’ll be amazed in the change that you can create. Better Homes and Gardens recommends that if you don’t have the time to embark on a painting project, then you can always add color to a room through the imaginative use of cushions and throws. Try and use matching fabrics for the cushions and the drapes, this will give the room a whole new image.

Tired furniture can be rejuvenated

If your furniture looks scruffy, and you feel that it doesn’t really reflect who you are, then you can always give the furniture a new lease of life by applying paint and stencils to the surfaces. This job won’t take long and you can ask the rest of the family for their ideas. If there’s a budding artist in the family see if they can copy a favorite cartoon character or any other design onto furniture to brighten up the kids’ rooms.

Your hobbies reflect who you are

If you are a collector or an avid reader, then make a feature of your hobbies. On the bookshelves arrange a few favorite pieces from your collection and disperse these among the bookshelves. If you are a keen traveler, then try to save a few posters or prints from your travels and get these framed to hang about the house. The interior design blog Bungalow Blue Interiors has some great ideas about adding personal touches to your home.

Small is beautiful

Sometimes it’s the small touches that make all the difference to a house. If you love plants, then grow them in pots around the house, ask your friends to give you plant containers as presents and then display these. Alternatively if you are good at sewing then display your work and that of your kids. You don’t have to have millions in the bank to let your home reflect your individuality, just a little bit of imagination and flair.

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