Have you ever looked at a home, and it felt generic? Maybe it had a hotel vibe. The design is appealing. Each piece is in the right proportion, and the fabrics are coordinating, but something is just missing. For me, the missing piece is usually a person’s personality! I recently watched a home tour on Architectural Digest, and I couldn’t stop thinking about the art. It seemed so generic, especially for the owner’s personality. It felt like the art was picked and placed because the wall needed something and not because it fit the person.
Not long after, I watched another home tour (also on AD). The home struck me as so fun and personal. The personality of the space instantly made it feel warmer and more interesting. I kept thinking about that space and wished that AD would feature more homes like that one. I also asked myself–Does my home feel like my personality? Am I showing who I am?
For the most part, yes! I definitely think the rooms are me (some more than others). So I’ve been thinking about easy ways to infuse personality into a space. Here are 10 ways to make your home feel more like you.
1. Color Palette
This is a fun one if you love the color. Why hide it in your house? Try to incorporate your favorite colors into the space. Don’t think colorful interiors can be sophisticated? I challenge you to prove yourself wrong.
I’m finding that I have strong opinions about art. Not necessarily in the, you should like this type art, but more in the, I don’t know if you can outsource the art selection for your house. I know that sounds strict, but everything about art is so personal. What attracts you, what makes you happy, what is interesting or important to you.
I think textiles are magical, and I am somewhat obsessed with them. (I am seriously looking for a book or online class to learn more about textiles- please recommend a few to me if you know of any!) Textiles can bring so much personality into the room by picking different textures, prints, and types. I particularly think mixing textiles and patterns level up rooms in both the design sense but in the personal/personality way, too. It’s also a skill that takes time to perfect but 100% worth the effort.
4. Unique Items
Pick up that weird picture frame or odd-looking crane sculpture. Those unique items will let people see who you are. My wood snail is one of my weird things. It’s probably not everyone, but that’s also the fun part of it.
Collections can instantly make a room feel personal and give a glimpse into who you are and what you like. I absolutely adore the image above, where they have a collection of dog prints on the wall. I can guarantee that person likes dogs!
I guess it’s a thing to buy books only because they have a pretty spine and will look nice in pictures… It seems like a waste to me, but books are a great way to incorporate what you love. For example, do you love military history? Pick up a coffee table book or two that you enjoy looking at and use that as your coffee table decor. Sarah Johnson styled the above coffee table with stacks and stacks of books.
7. Unexpected Touches
It’s funny how something little can totally transform an object. For example, a standard throw pillow can instantly be elevated by adding the right piping or trim. These small touches can also convey personality. Bonus points if the person does it themself and it’s executed well. I particularly love the hand-painted armoire above.
8. Wallpaper (or stenciling)
It’s hard not to show personality when picking a wallpaper. There are a million different options out there, so covering all the walls in a print/pattern can’t help but give a little glimpse into who you are.
9. Statement Furniture
A bold chair, table, or sofa can go a long way. It could have a unique shape, pattern, or both. It will probably be memorable, and people will never forget it! Just make sure you love it, and don’t just go bold for bold sake. Kelly Wearstler may be the queen of bold statement-furniture. Sometimes I look at her stuff, and I think it’s pure craziness, but it always works.
10. Family Photos
Oh, the controversial family photos. Some people hate them, and other people love them. For me, I think thoughtful family photos add warmth and happiness to a house. I’m all for it and like when I visit people’s homes that celebrate their loved ones.