What’s the difference between a house and a home?
A lot of people when decorating their houses have many fixed ideas on what they want their homes to eventually look like –Â âcontemporaryâ,Â âminimalâ,Â âchrome â,Â â leather sofas” etc. Â Which is all great,Â but my first advice is telling them – maybe a little bit warmer?Â More human ?
No matter how many bedrooms you have , how big or small the place â a house becomes a home only when you make it Â â yoursâ, andÂ fill it with memories, personal artefacts, curated artworks – celebrating the people and things you love .
People focus so much time on the right decor, design, picking the perfect furniture , that it can turn into a complete nightmare or worse, an emotionless house that looks exactly likeÂ a hotel lobby.
Trust me,Â it will all eventually come togetherâ¦. just let it all happen when it does. Your mind and your wallet will thank you for it.
Here our 5 Â simple ways to decorate your house and give it your own personal stamp and identity.
A gallery or a wall of photos
A photo gallery of all your loved ones assembled around a wall, a foyer, a staircase is an easy yet wonderful feature in a home. Yet to make it cohesive, and not like something in your grandmothers house keep the prints or the frames similar in style or colour.
Have an accent wall
Before you decide to paint all your walls red or wall paper the entire roomâ¦start with an accent wall. Â Its cheaper and definitely more eye catching . Â Plus its easy to change it if you get bored ! Â You can use paint, fabric, wallpaper or anything that takes your fancyâ¦.and believe me itâll make all the difference.
An accent wall papered wall just adds a touch of glamour to these rooms â¦and since its just one wall you can go as bold or dramatic as you wish ! Like this image below –Â aÂ unique accent wall with painted shutters..Â Wow !
Or, useÂ simple wooden slats or reused crate pallets to give an otherwise ordinary room a completely contemporary edge.
Group images according to a theme
Thereâs no need to go out and start buying large expensive pieces of art. Simply grouping various items togetherâ¦anything from botanical prints, baskets , plates make a wonderful wall gallery â¦a lot more interesting and innovative and defenitely showcasing your personality.
Coffee table talk!
Say goodbye to traditional boring coffee tables and bring in one focal piece. The coffee table is the central part of all living roomâ¦.please give it its due ! More textureâ¦more woodâ¦more edgy !
This ultra modern room gets its warmth from the unusual combination of a trio of wooden tables
Get Eclectic: Mix, mixÂ â¦and mix some more! Â
A house like you , has a personalityâ¦it grows and changes along with you. Donât be afraid to mix pieces that you like over the years because of changing opinions or budget. Mix the old with the newâ¦ mix the wood coloursâ¦.mix the cheap vintage pieces with your hard earned buys â¦.and then you have a home.
Though mixing furniture is difficult to pull off but when done correctly it adds a whole new dimension to the room. Mix keeping colours , lines and textures in mind so that it doesnât end up looking like â¦.well., one big mess !
The Rustic wooden coffee table in a largely black and white contemporary room not only adds warmth but is what gives this room an edge.
The picture below shows what could have been aÂ simple room, but which now stands out mainly because of the mix ofÂ wood, wicker ,ceramic –Â the Â colours and texture combine to bring the room together.
The furniture styles in the room pictured below are all different,Â yet the room comes together as one cohesive individualistic roomÂ –Â so much less boring!
The rustic dining table gets more contemporary with the upholstered chairs giving it a whole new look !
Itâs very easy to follow a catalogue or the pages of some design magazine. Yes, it can come together very well,Â even look beautiful. But in the end, it just misses a little bit of soul. Â From the art on the walls to the furniture pieces, don’t choose decor based on a specific style, but on what makes you smile.
What kind of things do you do, to turn your house into a home?