How to Add Charm to Your Home
Home is where your heart is. So no matter how long you plan to live in your house, adding a little touch of style and creating inspired surroundings that make you feel comfortable is so important. A lot of homes in the market come with mildly decorated spaces that have little to no architectural detail. If it means replacing light fixtures, removing some cabinet doors, or doing some paintwork, go ahead and give your home a custom look.
There are numerous ways you can add charm and character to your home with a little time and money, and plenty of inspirations for both homeowners and renters in mind. Here are a few do-it-yourself steps to consider.
Replace Lighting Fixtures
Consider replacing lighting fixtures in your home, especially if they are old or the inexpensive ones that builders install to save some costs. No change will have a huge impact on the look and feel of your interior spaces like switching out lighting fixtures like your standard overhead lighting. An upgraded light fixture not only improves the level of light in your rooms, but it also creates a focal point, giving your interior spaces a more custom and stylish look.
Replace or update the chandelier over your living or dining room, install mini lights above your wall art, add simple plug-in puck lights inside closets or under kitchen cabinets, or brighten up a corner with an accent light fixture.
We can all acknowledge how bold colors like grass green, gray, pale blue, and bright red pack a visual punch in any space. Bold paints are a simple and inexpensive way to add sophistication to your home. Choose shades that are not too bright to achieve a visually soothing look. To complete your bold paint statement, experiment with decorative accessories like pillows, switch out the lampshades, or try an interesting throw.
Experiment with bold colors in those small spaces around your home like hallways, cabinets, walls behind curtains, and contrasting woodwork to create a playful and cohesive feel. Bold walls immediately lend a distinctive transformation and personality to any space.
Doors & Stairs
Doors are mostly overlooked when it comes to home decoration. Try out new door styles like barn doors that are a current trend. They add some architectural interest to a hall or room that’s currently lacking. Be creative and try different options like repainting those old doors with a new look or switch them out to add instant charm and character to your home.
To give your stairs a whole new look, consider removing the carpet. You can also opt to re-do the stair steps to suit your personal style.
Wallpapers easily add charm and personal touch to interior spaces. There are plenty of removable and affordable wallpaper options you can buy to make a statement in just about any room or corner in your home. Get decorative ideas online and experiment with small spaces first.
The good thing about wallpapers is their simplicity and ability to blend in with the interior decor. They come in a broad range of colors, patterns, and textures that you can use to change decor styles.
Add an old-fashioned charm and appeal to your home with vintage rugs, signs and other collectibles. Vintage rugs easily add history to any room. Whether your floors are graced with carpet or hardwood, layering a vintage rug immediately adds soul, color, and texture to your rooms. Consider layering small vintage rugs over existing rugs to get the perfect look even on a budget.
Visit a flea market for unique antique items that can easily add some vintage look to your home.
Paint Kitchen Cabinets
You can change the look of stock or basic kitchen cabinets by simply giving them a new paint coat or by removing some of the doors. If you can’t buy new kitchen cabinets, paintwork and small renovations like installing new knobs and pulls can transform your old cabinets.
Open shelves create a fresh look and keep items within easy reach. You can also make a decorative statement out of your kitchen appliances by adding glass to some cabinet doors.
Reclaimed wood easily adds a rustic element to your home with both color and texture. Whether you want to change the look of a wall or incorporate open shelving, reclaimed wood easily infuses warmth and charm to any interior space without changing the overall look.
While most of these small decor changes and renovations can be done on your own, sometimes you’ll have to work with a home renovation expert. If you’re going to hire one, make sure to find those who have undergone contractor training by Contractors License Resource Group.
Shirley Moore is a Los Angeles-based interior designer who runs her own home interior design studio. She has a strong commitment to creating unique, livable and interesting spaces. She runs her own blog and frequently provides tips and inspiration to homeowners on how to transform their homes using easy and cost-effective DIY steps.