The inside of your house offers the perfect opportunity to tell your story. Your home is an extension of you and your family – it sees you through the ups and downs, trials and joys of life. Just like your hobbies and fashion sense, your home can give great insight into your personality.
For example, if you’re an enthusiastic photographer, you may have a mass of unique and meaningful photographs on your walls, showing off all the places you’ve been and the adventures you’ve had. Just like your own personal gallery.
There are many ways you can tell your story through your interior style. Here are 4 awesome tips for making your home tell your tale…
1. Get Personal
Do you have personal items that mean the world to you? Show them off!
For our very first Christmas, The Mister bought me a very old poetry book with the works of John Keats. It meant the world to me; he’d put so much effort into finding it. The book is now in pride of place, on display in our living room – I see it every day and it reminds me of how lucky we are to be together and have our lovely home.
Have you got personal belongings that have a history or memory attached to them? Use them to decorate your space. That chess set your Grandfather loved and taught you how to play chess on? Give it pride of place! Or that vintage chair that was in your home as you grew up? Give it a setting in the corner of your living room.
If you don’t have any family heirlooms, but love the idea of using older pieces of furniture and accessories that have stories attached to them, you could try antique stores, auctions, or car boot sales. Pick things that ‘speak’ to you, that appeal to your personality and style. This will ensure you continue to tell YOUR story as you decorate your home with these pieces.
2. Get Snappy
What tells a story quite like photographs? Snaps of your family and friends in the moments you’ve shared, are the perfect way to tell your story throughout your home. Why not create a gallery wall of pictures you’ve gathered over the years. They don’t have to all be the same size, colour or format! The more mixed up the better! Mismatch your frames and be creative.
Perhaps you could make a space that is dedicated to just you and your partner. If you have any, include some of your artwork! It doesn’t have to be perfect or the world’s next Monet. It just has to be personal to you and to tell your story.
3. Get Artistic
Following on from the last tip, incorporating pieces from your own creative mind, makes your home decor super personal. In our home there are pieces of lettering and artwork I’ve created scattered all over the place. Most of them are pieces I’ve made for The Mister on special occasions and he insists on displaying them, so we’ve found places for them. I don’t proclaim to be great at art or lettering, but as we look around our home we can see our souls and personalities shining through the rental walls.
Upcycling furniture is another great way to have unique items in your home that resonate with you and your spirit. We’ve turned old, water-damaged pine drawers into colourful and fun furniture that brightens the room and adds personality.
4. Get Styling
Imagine you’re an interior designer and you have a client who wants her living room styling. She’s a cool, trendy, artist with boho style and a laid back way of life. Her favourite pastimes are to read and paint and she has two long-haired cats. If you designed her a highly modern and minimalist space, with glossy furniture she could see her face in, a state-of-the-art TV/sound system and pristine white floors… would it make her feel happy and at home in that space?
In the same way, ask yourself who you are, what you love and what makes you feel the most comfortable. Design your home to suit the answers to these questions. Perhaps you love to read and write… a large at-home library style bookshelf with a reading nook, comfy chair and large floor lamp, is the perfect space to tell that part of your story. If you love colour and wish you had lived in the roaring 20’s, then art deco furniture and pops of vibrant colour on the walls will likely energise you and make you feel at home.
If you want your home to tell your story, don’t fall into the trap of just decorating and styling it to suit the latest trends or what the magazines say you should do. Although there is nothing wrong with loving new trends and styles, experiment and tailor your space to tell your story, not someone else’s.