If you’re ready to give your home or apartment a facelift, here’s how to create an original interior. You’ll have the most unique apartment in town!
Have you ever flipped through a design magazine or looked at an interior decorating website and thought I want my house to look exactly like that!?
We all wish our homes could be worthy of being showcased in a magazine. But the more we look at those homes in those magazines, the more we realize that a lot of them look almost exactly the same.
Beautiful furniture, luxurious finishes, and high-end accents will never go out of style. But those elements alone don’t make a great house.
You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on furniture to make your home Instagram worthy. In fact, you can spend very little and turn your home into a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind space.
If you’re ready to give your home or apartment a facelift, here’s how to create an original interior.
Add Personal Touches
If you really want to make your home a unique space, you’ll need to fill it with unique pieces. And that doesn’t mean one-of-a-kind custom furniture and art. Incorporating items that no one else has is all it takes.
Frame and hang some artwork that you’ve created. Display photos of friends, family, and pets that you took yourself.
To get an extra bang for your buck, display your art or photography in unusual spaces. Bathrooms and kitchens are often lacking the art and photos they deserve.
Not an artist? No problem. You can also give your home a truly unique feel by displaying personal mementos, family heirlooms, or things that you’ve kept since you were a kid.
Just remember this:
A shelf full of angel figurines from childhood or shot glasses that you’ve been collecting since college is not the way to go. You can make a much more stylish impact by putting two or three unique items on display.
Add New Hardware
You know those simple, cookie-cutter drawer knobs you have all throughout the house? It’s time to replace them with one-of-a-kind designs to coordinate with your particular decorating style.
From vintage crystal drawer pulls to nautical or whimsical cabinet handles, new hardware can give any room a fresh, unique look.
Whether you’re looking to update your bathroom, bedroom, or kitchen, new handles and knobs can add a funk vibe to any room. You can go super classic, ultra-modern, or somewhere in between.
With unexpected hardware, you can turn even the most basic piece of IKEA furniture into something truly unique.
Decorate Your Ceiling
Most people paint their ceiling white and move on with the decorating process. But if you’re bold enough to paint or decorate your ceiling, you can turn even the tiniest room into a mesmerizing space.
Looking for a unique way to decorate a bathroom, kid’s bedroom, or an office? Consider painting a wall mural that stretches all the way onto the ceiling. Making the ceiling a focal point will draw the eye upward, creating the illusion of a bigger space, even if it’s a small room.
Not willing to paint your ceiling? There are other ways to decorate your ceiling that can have a big impact.
Add a textured, vintage-inspired medallion around your ceiling fixture. Add wooden beams to create a rustic, natural look. Add tin tiles if you’re going for a retro, art deco vibe.
By adding one interesting detail to your ceiling, you can give any room a brand new look.
Bring Nature In
There’s something serene and peaceful about walking into a room decorated with plants and flowers. And there are more ways to decorate with plants than simply placing one on a windowsill or nightstand.
If you grow your own plants or flowers, cut some stems from your garden. All you have to do is transplant them to vases or pots and place them in different spaces around the house. There’s nothing more personal or unique than decorating with plants and flowers you grew yourself.
Worried that you won’t be able to keep your plants healthy? There are plenty of other natural elements that you can gather yourself and use to decorate your space. Pick up a piece of driftwood on the beach. Pick up a cut tree stump in the woods to use as a coffee table or accent table in your living room.
Just remember this:
Natural elements sometimes contain bugs. Before you bring something in from outside, make sure it’s free and clear of pests.
Create a Reading Nook
Do you love to read? Assemble a little reading nook for yourself!
With a designated space that encourages you to rest and relax, your home will instantly feel more personal, and it will certainly look more unique.
There are lots of ways to create a personal reading nook. All it takes is a comfy seat, the right lighting, and a place to put your feet up.
A cozy chair with an ottoman by a window is really all you need. But if you want to take it to the next level, here’s how:
Install a built-in seat beneath your favorite window with a view. Add a few comfy throw pillows and you’ve got an instant spot for reading by way of natural light.
To really make your reading nook feel like a personal retreat, suspend a hammock from your ceiling. You can place one in the corner of your bedroom or living room, or even hang one over your stairs (as long as you’re not afraid of heights).
The trick is to make your reading space personal to you. So, add your favorite pillows or throw blankets to make it the comfiest, coziest spot in the entire house.
It requires some creativity to design a truly original interior. But it doesn’t require a massive budget or decades of experience in interior design.
With a bit of ingenuity and a few personal elements, you can turn your smallest room or your entire home into a place that looks truly special.
We all want to live in a home that makes every guest who walks through the door say, “Wow.” So get your wheels turning and make it happen — it’s a whole lot easier to do than you may think!
Aaron Hunt is the property manager for Prime Place KSU.