Décor & Gardening
Give your home a personal touch
What’s your style?
Start off by taking a look at your personal style. That way you’ll be able to add a personal touch to your home. There’s nothing more jarring and disturbing than walking into a room that has too many things going on. It’s important to consciously settle on a mood that you want your space to convey. And that should be obvious to anyone stepping into the room. The last thing you should do is go overboard on a theme. Just think about it, having an entire room decorated in a beach theme can be a bit overwhelming and cheesy. Not that there’s anything wrong with a beach theme, but you should think bigger. Be more creative.
Add a rug or two
If you want to bring a warm and comfy feel to your home, adding a rug is the way to go. Not only will it bring a warm feeling, but also a sense of style. Small or big, a rug can change the feel of an entire room, and there are loads of options to choose from when it comes to style, size, shape and texture. Something that always works in any room is pairing your rug with the curtains. This will make any room appear stylish in an instant.
Create your own artwork
People are slowly but surely moving away from adding photos to their walls and replacing them with artworks. There are many art supply stores that sell inexpensive canvases of all sizes. You can use that to express yourself with paint, charcoal and pencil. You can even have your dog walk across one with paint on his paws. This is an opportunity for you to be creative. Anything is art nowadays, right? If you’re not that creative with your hands and feel that creating art isn’t for you, there are other, easier ways to create art. For instance, you can buy some colourful fabric and wrap it tightly around the canvases. That will add texture and vibrancy the same way a painting would.
Take a look at your lighting
There are many different forms of lighting these days, and that means you can ditch the old traditional ones, unless you are a fan of the classics. Or you can just forgo them altogether in exchange for an eclectic combo of standing floor and table lamps that have the benefit of casting a more flattering light. From Asian-inspired paper covered lights to thoroughly modern and minimalist types of lighting, there are many to choose from.
Paint should be your best friend
There’s nothing that can make a bigger statement than painting a wall. You can buy a bucket of paint from your hardware store at an affordable price which will leave you with endless options. You can, for example, paint one specific wall a bold colour, like a dark red. Then you can continue by picking up some stencils and give the room an interesting border. You can even place them at random places all over one wall. You could also coat your ceiling. Perhaps you can paint the ceiling one or two shades lighter than the walls. That will give the illusion of a larger room.
Your home is your personal space. It’s best to give it a personal touch according to your personality and preferences. Make it your own.
Get It Magazine Durban August 2018Into the Wild with Francoise Anthony