When it comes to fashion and beauty, we all pine to be unique. We do everything that we can to find a look that makes us stand out from the crowd. However, when it comes to our homes, many of us make the mistake of decorating in the same way as everyone else (for example magnolia walls).
Our homes should be our most intimate places, the space that reflects our personalities and style. Unfortunately, far too many of us are opting for dull, unimaginative décor, making our homes blend in with everyone else’s.
Admittedly, it can sometimes be hard to think of ways, to make your home unique. However, the key is to get your thinking cap on and get creative, the more creative you are, the better.
To help start you off, I thought that I would put together some tips and tricks for making your home more unique. For everything that you need to know, keep reading, below:
The first thing that I would suggest doing is taking some time to find inspiration. You will find it much easier to come up with ideas, once you have seen what design features other homeowners have used.
As adults, our imaginations are not what they used to be, which means we can sometimes struggle to come up with different ideas. The best way for us to be able to come up with awesome ideas is by seeing the creations of other design enthusiasts.
Go along to a home design exhibition and browse the different designs on offer - you are sure to find some inspiration here. Make sure to take your camera along, so that you can take a photo of any ideas that might take your fancy.
Browse the internet. The internet is an amazing resource, as it is jam-packed with all sorts of awesome things, including unique home decor ideas. Create a Pinterest account and browse the site for any unusual decor ideas, and then pin them to a Pinterest moodboard. You can then refer to these images for ideas, as and when you need inspiration. You can even follow me here!
Choose a theme for each room
If you want to make your home’s décor more unique, starting off with a theme for each room is crucial. This could be coloured-based, or it could be based on something like antique furniture, it's completely up to you.
Popular kitchen themes include retro, shabby chic, and gourmet food. Bathroom themes that are popular at the moment include nautical and luxury designs. For the living room, styles that are colour-based seem to be a popular choice.
Even though these ideas have been used before, there are lots of ways that you could make them unique. The key to making your home’s décor different is choosing a theme that you can interpret in your own personal way.
Be creative about where you get your furniture from
Many of our homes look the same because we all buy our furniture from similar places. We go to home stores and buy furniture that we know is popular because we want our homes to be fashionable. However, if you want to make your home unique, this needs to stop.
Shopping at stores that sell thousands of the same item is a big no-no. Instead, aim to buy from shops that sell pieces that are one of a kind. If you buy your furniture from shops that sell nationally, you will end up having a similar home to many other people. So try to avoid shopping at these types of stores, if possible.
Look out for companies that offer unique pieces of furniture, new or second-hand. If you want a home that’s different, buying recycled furniture is a great option. Buy your furniture from stores that sell upcycled pieces, as it’s unlikely that anyone else will have the same design.
Shop in stores that have items from other countries. You will find that if you buy from companies that get their products from across the globe, it’s easier to find unique designs. Have a look at the Ian Snow furniture that’s on offer, and you should be able to find some unique Indian furniture. You could also have a look on eBay, as often, you can pick up some affordable furniture designs from different countries on here.
Be choosy about your accessories
When it comes to choosing unique accessories for your home, the most important thing that you can do is be choosy. You might see a piece of wall art that someone else has and love it, but that doesn’t mean you should go out and buy it. If you want to make your home’s decor unique, you have to limit yourself to buying only pieces that are one of a kind.
For instance, if you decide to decorate your bathroom in a nautical style, don’t buy your accessories from a home store. Instead, shop on eBay and at antique stores to find old chests, boat oars, and anchors, to use to add style. Or, if you want to create a vintage bedroom, only buy your bits and bobs second-hand, so that you know each piece is unique (charity shops are great for small pieces).
Accessories are crucial for adding style. However, if you buy accessories that are mass produced, you can kiss goodbye to your unique home. Be creative about where you get them from - shop at independent stores and buy second-hand. By doing this, you can add style without compromising on the uniqueness of your property.
It’s amazing how many people’s homes are similar because of buying from the same stores. If you want a home that reflects your personality and has its own unique charm, you need to make sure that you are following the tips above.
The key things to remember are to shop at independent stores and at stores that have products from all over the world. It’s also a good idea to buy as much of your furniture second-hand from selling sites and antique shops. Follow these rules, and you can ensure that your home is as unique as possible.
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