Don’t you think the most stylish homes tell you something private about the people who live in them? I love a personalized space because they look more styled and feel more authentic. These spaces draw you in without it being obvious that they’re trying. If you want to follow suit, we have some ideas to style your home and bring your personality to it.
A great way to show off your personality (and sophistication) in your decor is to display family photos as a collection. This can look impressive, unexpected, yet intimate. Ditto for showcasing your hobbies and interests. Whether you’re an art collector or vase collector, a hockey fan or a musician, you can find unique ways to show off what you love to do. Hacking mass produced items from Ikea and West Elm in unexpected ways is another clever way to add your personality to your space. And there’s always the gallery wall. They’re one of the longest-running and nicest decorating trends for a reason.
The gallery wall
When Sarah Huggins renovated her home taking it from ’90s drab to looking modern and on-trend, she worked in a gallery wall in the living room. By displaying a collection of her grandfather’s Bauhaus-era sketches, she created quite the conversation starter, which is one great way to add personality to a space. The sketches in her display were her grandfather’s very first as an architect in the 50s and have become a family heirloom. Now, Huggins says, the family make a space for them in every home they live in.
Decorating ideas that add personality
If it’s out of the ordinary, works with the style and size of your space, and makes you feel at home, it could work do the trick.
- A sofa in a bright or unexpected color like yellow, lime or pink.
- Wall-to-wall bookshelves or storage.
- Nooks that have a purpose. The area under stairs as a home office, for example.
- A large oversized piece such as a piece of artwork.
- Something foreign that represents your heritage or a culture that means a lot to you. For example, at the moment I’m obsessed with finding the right fabric made from black and white African print to recover sofa pillows. A small collection of masks or any collection from your travels are other examples.
- An arrangement of family photos. Whether they’re on mantles or gallery walls when you walk into a home and see photos of everyone who lives there, including their furry friends, it makes you feel as if you know the family better.
- A pop of color—if your sofa and most of your space are neutral, a pop of color will give it interest and accent.
- Hobbies on display. I personally don’t like seeing pianos taking center stage in a space–too big–but I love when smaller musical items are on display; especially guitars. Bicycles that are mounted and look like it’s part of the design–not just sitting in a corner–and other hobbies and awards on display lets a room represent you and tell the story of you.
- Interesting light fixtures. There are so many amazingly beautiful and stupendous light fixtures out now that I’m almost angry when I go into a home and see the plain old ones, circa 2002.
- Texture. Textured walls or ceilings. They give you the feels!
- Whimsy. Nothing gets a room personality like a little levity. It helps spaces feel welcoming and is another great conversation starter.
Christine is a lifestyle coach living in Los Angeles. She believes the way we live affects everything we do, especially our motivation.