When it comes to interior design, as with fashion and even wedding planning, you walk a fine line between wanting to make things unique and personal to you, while at the same time trying to avoid making things weird or 'different for the sake of being different'. When someone walks into your home, you want them to notice things and to comment on your choice of items and layout, but you don't want the place to look so weird that it becomes unpleasant to spend time in.
This is a difficult balance to get right, so it's important to make sure that you are cautious to apply personality and quirks without veering too far into the surreal. So how do you go about accomplishing it? Read on for some helpful tips that will put you on the right track…
One of the very best ways to make your home look more unique is to make items around it yourself. This way you will have something to talk about when people ask how you did it, and you will be able to use items that are completely unique while at the same time being perfectly tailored to your specific interests and tastes.
The danger comes when you try to make things that you aren't quite cut out for yet. If you don't have the means to make a wardrobe, then don't try. Otherwise you'll just have an awkward conversation on your hands – especially when someone sits at your table and the chair legs snap in half.
So play to your strengths. If you're an artist then paint a picture but leave the electric wiring to the electricians. Of course if you want to learn a new skill then this will give you more options for things you can make yourself – and that could even include 3D printing. Now there's a conversation piece!
Of course if you want your things to be unique and designed to your taste but you still want them to be professional and guaranteed to actually work then an alternative solution is to get items custom made. Or you could buy something as it is, and then have it altered in some way. This might mean that you have the table legs carved for your table, or it might mean that you get the gates to your home made from scratch. If you have friends with useful skills then this is another way to get that 'home-made feel'.
What Does it Say About You?
Another way to make sure that your home is different without being ridiculous is to make sure that everything you do comes from you and that it somehow reflects who you are and what your interests are.
What this means is that you don't want to have a large Buddha statue in your living room unless you have some kind of interest in the East. Ornaments and artefacts from other countries are best suited to people who have a particular appreciation of that country or culture, or who have at least actually been there.
The problem comes when you start saying 'that's unusual' and then just adding it to your home without any real reason behind it. Items with stories behind them, or that reflect who you are, will be the most effective decorations and lead to the best conversations.
That's not to say though that you can be inspired by particular types of interior design or other cultures. In fact if you can find a ready made style that appeals to you and works for your home, then this is a great way to ensure that everything will look good together and to get ideas.
The Big Picture
Another thing to consider is how your items are going to look with one another. Your aim may be to create an eclectic feel, but even then this should be a carefully considered eclectic feel where everything somehow compliments everything else. You don't want your rooms to just be a collection of 'stuff'.
Follow these rules and you should have a décor that's different and that's unique to you, but that still has a consistent style and doesn't appear to be trying too hard.
The author of this article, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Canters Woodcraft, a company that specializes in table legs and fretwork in Melbourne. She has a very dynamic personality and she enjoys trying new things. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.