Our homes are an extension of who we are. It is our eventual haven of comfort and happiness. This is our oasis of relaxation after a stressful day and shelter from the challenges and hardships of life. In essence, we can only go “home” when our house truly feels like home; a place of security and freedom, a place where we can truly express ourselves. Thus, our home should be a reflection of ourselves.
Aside from its functional requirements, aesthetics should be another consideration in designing and decorating a house that fits our personality. How our home looks echo our tastes, lifestyles, and even histories.
So how can we transform our home into our own mirror image? Here are some tips on how you can make your home about you.
We are all different individuals and you should be confident of your own skin and personal style. Be brave and do not be afraid to express yourself, especially when it comes to transforming your house. Yes, you can consult professional interior designers to help you mix and match colours, décor and all.
You can also browse through journals and online references for the coolest design trends. However, you are not designing a magazine-worthy house. It’s a home that is you. This is a mistake commonly done by many. Instead of making their own personal statement in their homes, they tend to follow trends and advices entirely different from their personality.
Do not follow the flock; instead, choose to embrace your individuality. So, dare to be you and let your home say it. Spread the wallpaper you love! Hang the curtains you like! Display your favourite items! By doing this, you create a home that you really love.
Take out your treasures
We all have secret treasures in our homes. Yes, it is secret because we just stow them away, far from sight and far from people who would be also filled with wonders by these treasures. Maybe it is time to take them out and make them the star of your home.
They are your treasured and most meaningful pieces so let people know them by bringing them out. It can be as simple as some photos from a trip you took some time ago. Or even fond memories you have with your family. These items can be the starting point of your design experience and simply let the other elements in the house blend in. So that every time you come home, you cannot help but smile seeing your treasures.
Tell a story
Some elements in a house has beautiful history and can thus tell an intriguing story about its owner. You can do this as well by integrating interesting fixtures and furniture into your home. If you have wonderful vintage furniture inherited from your ancestors, take them out of your stockroom and display them.
Shine them up, change the upholstery if needed, and pair them with good cushions and they will make an instant hit in your living room. To add more story, you can match them up with other family heirlooms, antique pieces, and similar artefacts along with draperies and lighting in diffused shades in order to create a cohesive historical drama in your home.
Have fun with small items
For the smaller pieces and knick-knacks like party tokens and travel souvenirs such as figurines, cups and mugs, toys, and action figures, you can group them together and display them in custom-made shelves. You can go more personal by creating gallery walls featuring photos of the most memorable events in your life, or simply display them in frames atop cabinets and tables.
You can intersperse them with other precious items like your children’s works of art and travel memorabilia. Squeeze out your artistic juices and be as imaginative as you can.
Be sentimental but not boring
Some of our favourite display items just don’t have beauty and aesthetic appeal on their own. These include certificates of important achievements like finishing a degree or winning national events. Yes, these are reminders of some of the happiest and proudest moments in our life. However, if we just simply hang them on the wall, they may not be attractive as we want them to be.
This is also true with some of the children’s artworks, especially their first sketches and drawings, news clippings, and other similar items. To make them come alive, match them with interesting frames rather than choosing traditional wooden look. You can opt for frames in multi-coloured pastels, floral designs, or those embossed with cartoon characters for the children’s artworks. You can also display them on your feature wall if you have one. Just make sure the colours and patterns on your feature wall will not create chaotic contrast with your framed treasures.
At the end of the day, it is only who you can truly bring out the best in you and the best in your house. Be confident and openly express your personal taste and style in the design of your home.