All too often, homes become places of storage and function while altogether overlooking design. But your home is where you live your life, and it’s where you start and end each day.
As renowned interior designer Nate Berkus once famously said, “Your home should tell the story of who you are and be a collection of what you love.” Does that mean painting the walls your favorite color of chartreuse? Maybe! But probably not. Instead, here are four visually appealing ways to bring your life into your home.
1. Set The Mood With Abstract Art
Whether you prefer stark and graphic minimalism, bright and energizing colors, or soft lines and calming pastels, abstract art pieces use color and design elements to influence the energy of a particular space, without committing the room to any specific theme. Additionally, abstract art can also be used to complement an existing theme. If you have a favorite ocean scene crashing over your living room couch, filling a neighboring area with abstract blue watercolors can tie a space together without becoming redundant.
2. Decorate According To Your Hobbies
Your home should reflect your lifestyle. By repurposing old, broken, or extra items that represent your hobbies and interests, you can create unique and deeply personal displays that are both artful and personally expressive. If you’re an avid bicyclist, consider layering old or historic bicycle tires on a large, wall-mounted accordion peg rack. Conversely, say you’re a story lover. In that case, then decorating your walls with framed pages from your favorite books or lining your hallways with vintage posters of your picks for the best films of all time are unique and visually appealing ways to fill up your home with the things that fill up your life.
3. Map Out Your Story
Use your walls to display your roots. Framed maps of your hometown, where you met your spouse, and other important locations in your life can be sentimental, beautiful, and distinctive decorations. From graphic and elegant to industrial and funky, you can find artful maps in any assortment of designs to fit the style of your home. From kitchens to living rooms to bedrooms, maps can be used to share your story with guests or as personal reminders of the places that have shaped your path and brought you to where you are now.
4. Add Some Meaningful Furnishings
Make your home more than visually appealing; make it meaningful, too. Many of the things that make us who we are aren’t necessarily visual. Things like our values and world views aren’t easily displayed with pictures and objects. By investing in pieces that invest in your community, you’ll bring a sense of purpose into your daily life. Buying one-of-a-kind furniture from resellers who donate to the causes you care about not only makes your home unique (how many other people do you know with red velvet couches?), it also lives and breathes the values by which you live.
Create Home Décor That Reflects Your Personal Story
Your walls are canvases that can show off more than just paint. Your home is your own, and it should reflect not only the styles you love but also the life you love. Personalizing your home doesn’t have to mean filling it with knickknacks you’ve acquired from friends and family over the years. If any items don’t make you feel something, don’t display them. Instead, choose ones that reflect your personal story: where you come from, how you live, and what you love. That’s the kind of design that turns a house into a home.