Home design and decor is one of the ways to achieve feeling great in your own home, making it a place where you can find peace and comfort. The way you decorate your house can completely change the way you feel inside it, and it's a great way to experiment with your style and reaffirm your personal tastes. Here are 6 unique home design ideas that will let you do just that.
1. Be Bold But Not Obvious
Everyone has interests and things they care about in their lives, and it's no surprise that you'd want to have your home reflect the things you love. However, being too obvious can sometimes make it feel too one-dimensional. Instead of using overt items to depict your interests, try playing with shapes and colors typically related to what you like instead.
For example, if you have a strong connection to the Mesoamerican culture, and want to bring that to your room it's important not to make it feel like a museum exhibit. Instead, investing in some Aztec cushion designs that play on the traditional patterns and colors without being too obvious might be a good way to bring the ethnic element to your space.
Use certain objects and items as accents to add some flair and personality to a room instead of making it look like you've entirely decorated your subject of interest.
2. Add Texture & Depth
Another important aspect of designing a home is to make it feel alive. Just like the people living in it, a room needs to be dynamic and ever-changing. Combining different materials in one space is a great way to achieve this effect. For example, think about the contrast of smooth and rough textures - including both in your room will create interest, especially if they're used in an unexpected way. If you prefer minimalism, layering rugs is a good way to avoid having the place feel too stark and empty. For those who love coziness and warmth, the same thing applies but you can incorporate different colors while doing this as well. Just like that, your space will feel more inviting and comfortable without sacrificing sleekness or modernity.
3. Wall Art
Usually, the way people choose to decorate their living room is by hanging prints or pictures on walls to finish it, and that's always a good idea. However, you can take it a step further by color blocking the walls, and in a sense framing the art you've picked. To do this, you need to divide the room into sections and paint each one a different color. Then, pick your favorite art prints or pictures and put them together in one of those sections in a way that will either be complementary or accent the tone by using colors that are on a completely different end of the spectrum. For an extra touch of originality, use photos you love by printing them on premium canvas and turning them into real works of art.You can even create a collage and use other prints as a backdrop to your main pieces. The result is beautiful, unique, and it will turn what might've been just another picture into an art piece that brings character to the room.
4. Go Wild With Plants
We all know there's something satisfying about coming home and seeing plants scattered around the living room. Besides the fact that they're a great way to add life and freshness to a room, they can also serve as a focal point. Knowing how to use them will go a long way into defining your style as well - you can choose from different shapes and textures that can complement or contrast with what's already there, as well as make sure the type of plant you pick brings something to the room. For example, if you're going for a vintage theme maybe go for cacti or aloe plants instead of flowers so they can fit seamlessly into your decor.
5. The Ceiling
When thinking about the ceiling, most people tend to focus on light fixtures. Again, that's always a good idea, but you can do much more than that. There's nothing stopping you from finding an interesting wallpaper and decorating your ceiling with it, or painting some shapes on there and turning it into a mural. Even if you're on a budget, these things can be done with simple paint and stencils that you can get at your local craft store. If you're thinking about painting your ceiling, remember that light colors will make the space feel taller while darker hues will give the impression of being closer to the ground - and both can be desirable depending on the size of your room and the look you're going for.
Just like there's more than one way to design a ceiling, there are also different ways to approach flooring besides having rugs. One of them, for instance, is to paint the floor a different color. If this is something you'd like to try, it's important to let the woodgrains shine through, and of course, you should use colors specifically designed for floors so the paint won't chip off easily. Depending on the style you like, you can add a distressed or a high-gloss finish. Another idea is to create different patterns on the floor by using different materials or shapes. The possibilities are endless.
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Home design and decor are all about making the space your own and it's easy to do so with a little creative inspiration. These six ideas will guide you on your way but remember, don't be afraid of breaking the rules and doing something different if that's what you want. Anyone can decorate their home and make it look stunning, as long as they've got the right ideas and a little patience.