Decorate a home to suit your personality

If you feel that your house doesn't quite feel like home, or reflects a style that isn't comfortable that fits in with your lifestyle, perhaps you need to look at adding more personality to your living spaces. Use these tips to create a home that looks beautiful and that connects on an emotional level.


Personal touches
Don't hide your collectibles away. We all have favourite items that are special to us and that are a true reflection of our personality and style.

When decorating a home, especially one that doesn't reflect personal style, these objects tend to be stored away out of sight. But it's these items that should be out on display, even if mixed with traditional or modern decor accessories to create an eclectic mix of styles.

Collectibles, photographs and treasured pieces usually have a story to tell and are a reminder of milestones in your life and should be on display. Displaying accessories adds your signature style to living spaces.

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Family environments
Where it's more than you and your partner, it's important to consider the personality and needs of others living in a home. Consider how individual spaces can be decorated in a way that allows areas to flow together to create a cohesive space that can be enjoyed by all members of the family. This is definitely where personal touches can be incorporated in rooms - to reflect individual tastes. When the entire family's needs are taken into consideration, those who live in a house feel more at home.



Colour psychology
We know that colour can evoke emotions: hues of reds are warm and welcoming, blues and greens are calming, while yellow and orange are vibrant and energetic. Use colours in a home that reflect not only your personality but also the atmosphere you want for a room. And don't forget that first impressions count.

South Africans are very staid when it comes to colour and it's time to step out of the box and look a colour in a new way. You can also energise and invigorate living spaces simply by adding a touch of nature to rooms. This can be as simple as a vase of freshly cut flowers in recycled jars, or a clever arrangement of foliage. Flowers and plants introduce colour and freshness to any interior and are an inexpensive way to update a room.

Combine colour, pattern and texture
These three elements go a long way towards layering a home with personal touches. And don’t be afraid to mix up colours and patterns. An eclectic arrangement of cushions, or accessories, adds a playful touch and instantly adds a unique look that reflects your fun personality.

Artwork, collectibles, cushions and rugs are the finishing touches to any room and make the difference between one that is sterile, and one that is cosy. If you're not sure where to start, experiment with different decor accessories. You can always take items back to the store and swap them for something different. Just be sure to have them wrapped up well and handle with care, so they are not damaged.

A home that has personal touches here and there is infused with unique individuality, energy and interest. The trick is not to overdo the personal touches and end up with a hodge podge, so take your time; take a step back and don't be afraid to ask for the opinions of family and friends.