Whether you’re moving into a newly built home that’s been finished by a builder, or even a previous owner, or purchasing one that is many years old you may find the need to add character to your home. Maybe you’ve been living in your home for some time but it’s still, for the most part, the way it was the day you moved in.
The character is what defines a home and makes it feel more like us, more lived in. It’s a reflection of the family that lives there and the love and life that happens inside. Most homes are built and designed to all look quite generic unless a designer or homeowner is very involved in the planning. Adding Character to Your Home can be easy and inexpensive and can truly change the way your home feels. Consider some of these simple projects for adding character to your home.
Adding Character to Your Home
Change Out Your Lighting
Changing the light fixtures in your home is a fairly easy project. It is typically cosmetic. Unless you are relocating fixtures or changing the type of lighting, you’re simply changing out the “look”. Light fixtures are usually attached with a couple of small screws and the wires are connected by a couple of wingnuts. Switching the fixtures out doesn’t require an electrician but if you’re not comfortable with the project, certainly hire a professional! Changing the lighting in your home to update the finish or style can make a dramatic difference though.
Many homes built in the 80’s and 90’s were built with bright brass light fixtures and have not been updated. Homes from late 90’s and the early 2000’s were polished chrome. Later years brought brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze, maybe even copper or black. You can almost guess the decade a home was built by the light fixture finish. Maybe the finish is fine in your home but you don’t care for the style of the lighting. Updating those lights can change your homes overall look for not a lot of cost depending on your taste.
We recently updated our lighting from bright brass to an oil rubbed bronze and we love the difference it made! We kept several of the lights throughout the home the same style but different sizes and shapes. Most light fixtures are offered in a variety of sizes to be used in different spaces and applications. We did choose different fixtures for the bathroom and for over our open stairway. For this piece, we chose something more fun and unique, like a piece of art since it is a focal point.
Add Reclaimed Wood Accents
Whether it is decor, accent walls, furniture pieces, or trim, reclaimed wood is a great way to add character to your home. It doesn’t matter the style of your home, a little bit of reclaimed wood seems to add charm and warmth to space. I don’t recommend adding too much, especially in a space that is modern or minimalist. Try to use authentic pieces if possible although there are many reproduction pieces that are beautifully done and look original. We have several reclaimed wood pieces in our home and they are always conversation starters. They are perfect for homes with a more transitional style, where you like a little bit of everything!
Don’t Be Afraid of Color
Add color! Many homes are built with white walls, white trim, white doors, white, white, white. Or a shade of white. Don’t be afraid to add color, even bold color to your home. From the outside in, plan a whole home color palette. This doesn’t mean that everything has to “match” but it does mean everything should flow. I’ll share more about this next week! Add color to your front door, to your entryway walls, and walls throughout your home. Even if you choose some walls to be neutral, add color to your decor. Choose seasonal items that are cheerful and colorful to add to your rooms and outside your home. These colorful items will add character and make your home unique.
Add or Replace Cabinet Hardware
Many builders install kitchen and bath cabinets without putting knobs or pull on the cabinets. If they do, they use the most basic and inexpensive knobs they can. There are so many unique and fun knobs and pulls available and they are easy to change out if your cabinets already have the hardware. The main thing to watch out for is that not all pulls are the same length so make sure you measure the distance between your screw holes before you purchase new pulls. If you have knobs on everything, your options are endless! If you cabinets have no hardware now and you’re at all handy with a drill, installing hardware is not a difficult job.
Add Trim and Molding
Adding extra molding to your baseboard trim, crown molding at your ceilings, fancier trim around doors and windows, or even trim to make chair rails on walls can add a lot of character to a home. You can also add wood and trim to ceilings.
We recently added tongue and groove to our bathroom ceiling and trimmed around the ceiling with a little more detailed piece of trim that we plan to use around our windows, door, and possibly even as baseboard. It changed the whole look of the room. It was a great upgrade from the old ceiling tile that was in the bathroom and it was a DIY project my husband and I did in a weekend. I love the look of the space because it’s so much more interesting than the usual drywall ceiling. We used a vinyl product that will be moisture resistant that is used for exterior porches so we know it will be great for the bathroom.
Making your home feel like you are important. It doesn’t have to be a scary task. Take it on one project at a time adding character to your home with these tips that will make your home reflect your family’s personality!