With more time at home these days, many of us are looking for ways to give our space a refresh. Others may be in search of inspiration to make a new home their own. Whatever the reason, here are four ways to revitalize and personalize your space.
Turn Your Photos Into Wall Art
Thousands of photos and videos live on our phones. While camera rolls may be a compilation of recipe screenshots and selfies showing off your quarantine ‘do, we’re sure there are some with significance. Have a special photo from a vacation you took a while back? Maybe a breathtaking view of the city? We encourage you to take some of those memories off your phone and bring them into your home as sentimental decor.
While you can take the route of printing your photos through companies like Mixtiles or Mpix, you may want to explore a more artistic route. Commission an artist to paint or sketch your digital print for an even more personalized, vibrant display. Paint My Photos creates custom cartoon portraits, while Jenny’s Noodle Shop brings photos to life through hand-painted water colors. If you’re not sure where to start, Etsy is a hub of talented artists.
Experiment with Color and Pattern
There are a number of different ways to incorporate both color and pattern, especially when it comes to throw pillows and wallpaper.
Whether you’re looking to spice up your living room, den, or outdoor space, pull in your favorite accent color through a gorgeous pillow and pair it with one that features a bold pattern. Popular patterns include stripes, geometric shapes, florals, and gingham. If you really dig patterns, go bold and pair two prints together for even more visual interest and personality.
Want your walls to be the center of attention? Bring in the wallpaper! From powder rooms to statement walls in bedrooms and living rooms, removable wallpaper makes it easy to change things up whenever you want. For more insight on wallpaper, check out our conversation with local home decor brand, Mitchell Black.
Shop Local and Invest in Quality
When it comes to home goods, shop local. When you shop local you’re not only investing in your community, more often than not, you’re finding exclusive pieces you won’t find elsewhere. You have the ability to hone in on merchandise that resonates with you and your style. Search for treasures at places like Roscoe Village’s The Lazy Dog Antique Store or The Golden Triangle in River North. By going this route, you can find an item that is either truly one-of-a-kind or extremely rare, making it a distinctive piece in your home.
You can even take it a step further by refurbishing your find and adding your personal touch to an already special article. Whether that be a fresh coat of a paint, a hardware swap, or adding modernized material, you can make it your own.
Showcase Your Hobby as Art
Showing off your hobbies is another way to add some personality to your living space. Avid bicyclists, for example, can use an antique bicycle as wall art or incorporate bicycle bookends to their décor – it’ll surely be a conversation starter. Those who dabble in art can display their own work, while music fanatics can thrift a record player, display their instrument of choice, or frame and mount their favorite vinyl.