We spend so much time in our beloved homes that they need to feel welcoming, comfortable and relaxing. Trends come and go over time and range from minimalistic white to dramatic pops of colour that it can often be hard to know what will work for you. I hear time and time again that people struggle to incorporate trends in their homes whilst still making it feel personal, a reflection of their style and homely. Below are some of my go-to tips for finding ways to bring personality into your abode and how to make it feel like a welcoming and comfortable place to come home to at the end of each day.
Display Your Favourites
Often when decorating a home, people focus too highly on trend pieces and decorative items and forget to include their meaningful mementos. Stacking piles of your favourite books is one of my favourite styling techniques that I use time and time again. Not only does this give you a daily reminder of items that bring you joy, but they are a great conversation starter when guests come to visit. I also love stacking magazines in various locations such as bookshelves, coffee tables, tv units and desks to reflect personality and display your interests. Travel souvenirs are also a great way to give your home character and allow you to evoke nostalgia and bring you back to the memory of a beautiful time in your life.
Don’t Be Afraid Of Colour
Although minimalism and neutrals are very ‘on-trend’ right now, you shouldn’t be afraid of injecting colour into your home. Spaces can feel very bland and clinical if they’re all white or neutral and this is the last thing you want your home to feel like! Add colour through cushions, throws, vases, decorative accents, rugs and artwork to create interest and a subtle pop. You can then play with different colours and tones until you get the right balance that works for you. Mixing neutrals and colour together create a welcoming and homely environment and an inviting home should have a balance of both.
Add Soft Furnishings
Texture creates a feeling of warmth, cosiness and relaxation in a home. Use plenty of throw rugs, cushions, rugs and curtains to make your home feel warm and inviting throughout the year. There’s nothing that feels cosier and more nostalgic than curling up on the sofa under a warm blanket while snuggling up to a few cushions. Even consider adding a table runner to your dining table and some luxurious fluffy towels to inject some softness into typically functional and ‘hard-surfaced’ rooms. Soft furnishings don’t have to be expensive, Adairs have amazing towels at great prices and you can pick up bargain throw rugs and cushions at Kmart and Target everyday of the week.
Don’t Underestimate The Power Of Plants
If you’ve been following Eliza Grace Interiors for a while now you will know that plants are a huge part of our design style. Not only do they look great, breathe life into a room and create a pop of colour, they can also make a house feel like a home. Having plants in a home reflects stability, growth and shows that you care about the space you are in. They are such an affordable way to bring personality and colour into your home as you can pick up a gorgeous devil’s ivy hanging plant for as little as $10 at Bunnings! Add plants to your living room and bedrooms in the form of a large floor plant or medium sized potted succulent. Plants in the kitchen and bathroom can also bring personality into a space and often grow well in these rooms as they are well lit and have moisture in the air.
Create Interest With Artwork
Nothing feels less homely than a space with stark white walls and no artwork. Decorating your home with a few pieces of art is super easy these days as there are plenty of affordable suppliers for prints and removable hooks on the market. Head to Desenio, Etsy, Boho Art, Urban Road and many more online sites to snap up some affordable prints to adorn your walls. Sites such as Desenio also have gallery wall options where you can purchase a designer curated set of prints that work perfectly together. This is my favourite pick at the moment. If you have a little bit of creative flair, why not create your own abstract art piece by purchasing a couple of canvases, paint and some brushes? Use artwork in unexpected locations throughout your home to bring a smile to your face such as hallways, bathrooms, toilets and kitchens. Artwork brings so much personality into your house that it is the easiest way to make it feel like a home.