9 Ways to Add Character to Your Home

Whether you rent or own, there are simple (and often inexpensive!) ways to add character to your home. While furnishing a house (or apartment) is an evolving process, these are a few ideas for making a space feel instantly more like “home.” If you have any decorating tips or tricks of your own, I’d love to hear them in the comments section below!
1. Paint. A fresh coat of paint can truly work wonders. It’s often the best way to change the overall feel of a room, given it’s cost effectiveness. (I currently have a mix of Revere Pewter, White Dove, Down Pipe and Sea Salt paint at home.) Here’s a collection of additional paint colors I love.

2. Artwork. Artwork adds personality and interest to any room, as do wallpaper and mirrors. Whether you opt for a large oversized canvas or a gallery wall of smaller framed prints, check out One Kings LaneArt.com, Etsy and Amazon for a selection of art and wall décor.

3. Lighting. Lighting can make or break a room. Try to install lighting at different placements and heights for overall balance — thinking of any overhead lighting, chandeliers, task lights, and table + floor lamps. And whenever possible, add a dimmer!

4. Flooring. While you may not be able to completely rehab or update your flooring at home, work with what you’ve got! An oversized rug pulls together an area and defines the space, while laying the foundation for the rest of your décor. Here’s a helpful guide to choose the right rug for your space.

5. Hardware. Whether you rent or own, you can easily switch out most door knobs and cabinet pulls to fit your style and budget. If your landlord isn’t as enthusiastic about the idea, you could update your own dresser or nightstand with new knobs or pulls. Beyond Home Depot and your local hardware store, Anthropologie has some great hardware worth browsing!

6. Plants. Bring elements of the outdoors inside. Think: fresh flowers, succulents or a potted plant. If you don’t have a green thumb, thankfully there are some tasteful faux options out there, like this palm leaf 😉

7. Window treatments. Not only functional, but window treatments add character and a bit of drama. We installed long drapes in the living room, plus these plantation-style white blinds in rooms throughout our home.

8. Textiles. Being one for traditional and neutral décor myself, I have to remind myself to take a risk once in awhile! A good place to start is mixing a few patterns, colors and textures with throw pillows, blankets, rugs, bedding and table linens. My favorite places for these type of mix-and-match pieces are Pier1, World Market and Pottery Barn.

9. Display a collection. Use open shelving to store and display collectibles, like framed photos, family heirlooms, coffee table books, or cool finds from travel. Personal items like these make your home feel like “you”!

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