7 Simple Ways to Personalize Your Home

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Published on December 1, 2020

If you didn’t just build your dream home or have a recent renovation, chances are you’re living amongst much of the previous tenant’s or owner’s paint color choices and hardware details. So where does one begin to make your space feel more like, well, you

Putting a personal touch on your house doesn’t have to mean hefty remodeling projects or expensive undertakings. When looking to truly bring your personality home, small touches can go a long way. Whether you recently moved or are just looking for a way to switch things up now that we’re spending even more time inside, here are eight small projects you can do to make your house truly feel like home.

Get Colorful

One of the simplest ways to freshen up your space is with a can of paint. Wield that brush! Instead of going room by room with multiple shades, focus on one or two oft-overlooked areas, like the front door. Rather than investing in a total exterior painting project, adding a pop of color to your front door makes a statement that is uniquely you—whether you choose a bright turquoise or opt for deep forest green. 

For a fresh splash of color inside your home, the accent wall is your best friend. It’s truly the perfect way to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to your space without committing to a larger project—not to mention it is easy as pie to change up the color depending on shifting tastes and trends.

Upgrade Your Kitchen

We use our kitchen faucet several times a day, everyday—so if you’re looking to step up your kitchen style, consider changing it out for a newer, sleeker model. This small change can make a big impact on the room without busting your budget. Just make sure your new faucet coordinates with cabinet hardware and drawer pulls. Better yet? Switch them up too. Try on-trend gold or bronze hardware or mismatched painted ceramic knobs for a more curated, boho feel.

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Deck the Walls

In the digital age, most of our cherished family photos live on Instagram and our iPhone albums. Make them real-life art by ordering and framing prints for your walls. Hang a path of photos leading up the staircase, or create a gallery wall in your living room to show off your prized memories. Don’t be afraid to mix and match frames. Target and thrift shops are two places you can find relatively affordable frames in a variety of sizes and styles. Personal photographs are a surefire way to bring a smile to your face when commuting from your bedroom to work at the kitchen table.

Add Plants

Fresh flowers aren’t just for special occasions anymore—treat yourself to a bouquet every now and then from your local florist or grocery store. You deserve it! A simple vase of blooms on the kitchen table is an instant mood booster, and smells good to boot. 

For those of you with a green thumb (and well, even for those of us who don’t), potted plants are a great longer-lasting choice. They’ve even been said to purify the air. And great news—there are many low maintenance options for those of us lacking in the plant care department.

Make an Entrance

If you’ve been eyeing the empty space near your front door, now’s the time to style it up. Whether you have a narrow front hallway or spacious landing, decorating the entryway is a relatively simple task with impactful results—because first impressions matter. 

A console table can be both functional and decorative. Stash shoes on a rack underneath the table, sort the mail in baskets, and drop your keys into a dish. If you’re lacking a front closet or have a busy on-the-go family, go for a bench with storage underneath and hang a row of wall hooks above. This setup makes organizing a breeze and keeps jackets easily within reach when dashing out the door.

Illuminate Great Style

There’s a reason they call it “mood lighting.” Changing out the light fixtures in your home is one way to put your own mark on the place. For a more dramatic change, hang a new chandelier in your entryway or above the kitchen table. For a more budget-friendly option, strategically placed floor lamps and table lamps can still make a big impact on the room. Don’t forget the outdoors. Christmas lights aren’t just for the holidays anymore. String up a strand of market lights on your balcony or porch.

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Cozy Up Your Space

Winter is here—is your home ready? Sometimes all you need for a more warm and welcoming vibe is a few comfy additions. Toss a furry throw blanket on the chair and stack soft accent pillows on the couch. Light candles on the mantle and layer rugs beneath your feet. Then don your favorite fuzzy socks and decant a bottle of wine on the coffee table. Even if it’s just you kicking up your feet after a long day, a hygge home can fill your heart with comfort and joy.

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Words by Avery Johnson