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Customizing Your Home: 5 Ideas for Adding a Personal Touch

A Cookie-Cutter Contractor-Grade Home can Reflect Your Personality

© 2013 by Brionna Kennedy; all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission.

A living room with a white sofa; photo couttesy Brionna Kennedy

When you have a home, it is completely natural to want to add your own personal touch. There are a wide variety of ways to customize your home. Here are 5 ideas for customizing your home to help you in your decorating efforts.

  1. Create a Plan of Action

    Think about how each room in your home is used. Which rooms are smaller and which rooms seem the most traffic? Some people buy a new home and immediately start renovating and redecorating only to find that the rooms just do not work the way they intend them to.

    It turns out to be a huge waste of money. Instead, spend time in the home and take time to see how each room is used before you make any major changes.

  2. Small Bathroom Makeover

    Many older homes have sacrificed bathroom size to allow for a bigger living room, bedroom, or kitchen. When there are multiple people using one tiny bathroom, it can easily turn into a boring, cluttered mess.

    You need organization to fit the space, but you desire something that is functional while still representing your own personal taste. Think about your color scheme. Try to create a uniform color to make the space look larger.

    Add decorative shelving that either offsets or compliments your colors. You can add some splashes of complimentary colors using creative containers that double as storage. For example, a blue votive holder can be an inexpensive holder for cotton swabs.

  3. Maximize Small Spaces

    Generally, small rooms other than bathrooms, pose a variety of issues when it comes to decorating. Many designers recommend specific things for small rooms.

    Choose sharp colors and vertical lines. Use a contrast between darker focal walls and remaining walls in cooler, graduating colors. Add mirrors to create the appearance of open spaces.

    Personal touches can be added in the color schemes you choose and the accessories you use to tie it all together. Ultimately, make sure you eliminate unnecessary clutter as well. The goal is not to have your rooms looking like cramped storage units.

  4. Dividing Larger Rooms for Functionality

    Many homes these days have dual-functioning rooms, such as a living room and dining area combination. There are also homes that are designed with much larger rooms and much more square footage.

    In these cases, many people try to find ways to visually separate rooms so they do not appear so large or appear to be rolling into each other.

    Also, there are many homeowners who want to have specific areas within these larger rooms, such as an office or play area, in a section of a large living room. To accomplish this visual and physical separation, consider using bookshelves, privacy screens, or large plants.

  5. Change Your Lighting

    The lighting of a room is important. It controls the whole look and feel of a room. It can also be a fairly inexpensive way to redecorate and personalize.

    You can replace whole fixtures or the glass globes. In some cases, simply upgrading the globes can do wonders for lighting. For kitchens and living rooms, contemporary pendant track lighting work well for both work areas, and accent lighting.

The bottom line is that not everything works for everybody. That’s why new contractor-grade homes are so bland. Your goal is to make your home reflect you.

About the Author:

Brionna Kennedy Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics.

When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

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