Have you ever walked into someone else’s home and immediately felt that their personality was conveyed perfectly through their décor?
Often, the best spaces in a home are personal or quirky without feeling too contrived or overdone. The trick is to experiment and personalise until the space feels right.
You don’t need a big budget to make your home your own – here are a few quirky décor ideas to get you started.
Create a Gallery Wall
Creating a gallery wall is an exciting way to showcase all the artwork you’ve accumulated over the years – and if you don’t have any prints or artworks to display, now is the time to get some!
Mixing art of different styles on a single wall can give your space a unique aesthetic. Mixing a few quirky, colourful JJ Adams prints with a few black and white photography pieces can create visual interest in an otherwise plain and boring room – the juxtaposition of modern art pieces with more traditional prints works exceptionally well.
The key to making a gallery wall work is to choose a mood that ties all your artworks together. If you don’t have a theme for your gallery wall, it can look haphazard and chaotic. You can choose opposing textures, colours, and styles… but if you don’t have an overarching theme, it can look disjointed.
Make Your Entryway Shine
The entryway is usually the area where families get organised and ready for the day. It’s the place where mail accumulates, bags and boots are dumped, and where keys and coats are kept. But your entryway shouldn’t just be decorated for function; it should also reflect your personality.
For guests, the entryway is a reflection of your lifestyle. It also creates the first impression of your home because it gives outsiders a taste of what lies beyond your front door.
An entryway is a great place for a statement piece. It can be a painting, a sculpture, or something as simple as hanging your bicycle up on the wall as a functional piece of art.
You can also try creating a theme for your entranceway – for instance, if you have a seashell collection, display it in your entrance instead of hiding it away. If your entryway is on the smaller side, you can hang a mirror on the wall to create the illusion of space.
Experiment with Floral Arrangements
While floral arrangements in vases can be an outdated look, chopping off the stems and placing the flowers in vintage bottles, glasses, and interesting containers is a unique approach.
Flowers displayed unusually and dotted around your home can create a welcoming atmosphere and add a personal touch – you can get creative with hanging containers at different heights and experiment with floral arrangements in test tubes or “propagation stations.”
Mix and Match Dining Room Chairs
If your dining room is feeling a bit stale and you don’t have the budget to replace the furniture, try mixing and matching your dining room chairs.
Take your dining room from predictable to personal by swapping alternate chairs for others in your home, or pick up some new ones at your local thrift store. The trick is to make sure the chairs are distinctive enough to make the inconsistency look intentional.
A tip to make the look work, though, is to try to keep the same colour palette – but you can go wild with different shapes and sizes.
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