Have you ever noticed just how impersonal a home can be? It seems like no matter what trends you follow, or how many design tips you incorporate, it’s void of any personality. Perhaps it’s time to look at what is missing and how your interior can reflect the personality of the people who live within the home. Even minimalist décor can be a reflection of the moods and personalities of the inhabitants so that is where you start.
1. Reflection of Moods
Typically, this would start with colour. If you take the psychology of colour in reverse, you will find that the very same colours that are said to affect mood can reflect it as well. For example, red and other warm spectrum colours are said to promote feelings that range from warmth to aggression or hostility.
While red may not be a great colour if it evokes rage or hostility, earth tones might express a home filled with warmth, love and compassion. Blue, green and purple are said to express calm and tranquillity. If your walls are painted in flat white, there’s no emotion whatsoever being shown. Add a pop of colour and see how different you feel about your surroundings.
2. What Your Walls Say About You
Then there’s your walls. Barren walls devoid of any paintings or artistic touches show a definite lack of personality. Why not add a few things like a couple of framed photos of scenes that speak of your inner essence such as mountains, forests, or even fantasy images like a unicorn or a winged Pegasus? Perhaps you’d like to add a cute clock shaped like a cat for a home where cats rule the roost.
Then there are nautical clocks, digital clocks and designer wooden clocks to choose from a huge selection online. Clocks seem to bring us into the present where we remember that it waits for no one. A clock tells us to be in the now because the past is gone, and tomorrow isn’t promised. Walls have more to say about the personality of your home and the people within than you might ever imagine.
3. Add a Bit of Texture
This is something fun to play with when trying to express personality. You have made a beginning by adding a few things to the walls, but maybe everything else is flat. Are your floors tiled? What about window treatments? Do you have blinds without curtains or drapes? Adding a bit of texture is also important when looking to add personality to your home. No one is in stasis and so their personality is textured by emotions. This should be the same with home décor.
You can add texture with a few lovely area carpets and perhaps drapes over your windows. Maybe you might want to add a few throw pillows to your sofa and a table runner along your coffee table. Anything that adds a layer adds texture. If every surface is flat, that also expresses a home with a flat personality. Use texture to create moods and see how each room pops!
4. Vary Your Rooms
One of the most expressive homes will have rooms that are varied in décor. One room might have lovely hanging plants, a potted plant climbing up a trellis and a few succulents on shelves and tabletops. Another room, such as the game room, might be done in a hi-tech décor. With those strobing lights on the gaming PC, a large flat screen on the wall, a gaming chair or two on the floor, and a room lit in coloured LED lights that won’t create a glare, it’s a futuristic world of the young at heart.
Bedrooms can also reflect a personality and although guests may never see yours, isn’t it time you thought about adding a bit of your own inner self to that room? This is your own personal space where you go to relax and step away from the stress of the day. It is a place where you are free to be you and that’s just what it might take to leave all that behind.
Adding more personality to your home begins and ends with expressing the personalities of all who dwell within.