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Moving Past Generic: 5 Ways to Make Your Home Unique

Written by Teresa Te on April 19, 2018

Not everyone has a penchant for home design, but how you decorate your house says a lot about who you are and what sort of interests you have. So, instead of going with boring, generic choices, why not spice things up a bit?

Make Your Home Unique

When did our homes become generic reflections of societal tastes and trends? Shouldn’t they be lively, unique, and creative embodiments of our personalities?

Whether you realize it or not, you have a creative style inside of you. Some people find it easier to express their style, while others are forced to dig deep and pull back layers in order to understand exactly what they like and don’t like. But regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, you have a unique style that can (and should) come out in the way you design, decorate, and even organize your home.

It’s up to you to discover your style, but in this article we’re going to provide some examples and ideas that will hopefully get your creative juices flowing. Take a look:

1. Work With What You’ve Got

Conventional design and décor wisdom tells you that you should hide the imperfections in your home and amplify the ideal elements. But what if this is all wrong? Imperfections are what make a house a home – they’re what give your living spaces unique flare. So instead of trying to disguise these “flaws,” it may be better to embrace them.

Have a fireplace that’s been bricked over? Make it the centerpiece of your living room. Have exposed pipes? Try painting them, or even using them to support hanging planters. Work with the quirks and oddities of your home, as opposed to covering them up.

2. Invest in Statement Pieces

Making your home unique doesn’t necessary mean making it zany and chaotic. It’s okay to buy furniture and decor form the popular home furnishing store down the street, but try to incorporate at least one or two “statement” pieces into every room.

Statement pieces – like the ones found at DECASO – are unique and magnetizing. They’re also called conversational pieces, because they are the items that guests point out and compliment when they come to your home.

3. Use Textures

The easiest way to spice up your home design and make it unique is by incorporating textures into your living spaces. Examples include:

  • Create an accent wall using reclaimed wood or recycled metal.
  • Grow a vertical garden on an interior wall that gets lots of sunlight.
  • Use driftwood to create a coatrack or shelf.
  • Use chicken wire instead of glass on cabinet doors.
  • Hang unique light fixtures in place of traditional “globes.”
  • Create a gallery wall out of unique items and knickknacks.

Texture makes a room feel like it’s been lived in. It creates depth and layer that normally doesn’t exist in a traditional room with four sheet-rocked walls, a floor, and a ceiling.

4. Simplify

Our consumer-driven culture is always focused on doing “more.” As a result, we have this notion that home design is about incorporating as many elements as possible into our living spaces. But what if this is all wrong?

If you really want to show off your style, try simplifying. Strip out everything that doesn’t add to a room and go for a minimalistic approach. You’ll be surprised by what a difference this makes.

5. Use a Pop of Color

Most people stick with neutral colors in their homes. There’s something peaceful and relaxing about whites, beiges, and greys. However, it’s easy for style to get lost in a muted scene. One trick is to occasionally throw in a pop of bright color. This could look like placing an orange chair in your otherwise conservative living room, or placing a bright flowering plant in the middle of a white kitchen.

Make Your House a Home

Do you really want your house to look like a staged picture in a Rooms to Go advertisement? Is it a good goal to have your home perfectly reflect your Pinterest board? There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with mimicking popular or generic style, but there’s something cathartic about identifying your own style and acting on it. The more you explore this side of yourself, the greater your discoveries will be.