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Much like fashion, your home can serve as a reflection of who you are. The way you style an outfit can be very similar to the way you care for your home. If you want your style to accurately communicate your personality, you’ll pick out certain colors, cuts and trends in order to accomplish this goal. The same holds true for your home. If you want to turn a standard house into a personalized home you live in, adopt the following tips.

1. Consider the Household Needs and Desires
If you have young children and really want to get white furniture, that’s fine. However, it’s important to invest in furniture that’s really easy to clean. This is a practical design solution you’ll want to consider when you’re decorating your home. Furthermore, slipcovers can be a magical way to keep a sofa looking pristine and immaculate. If you really love to entertain guests with wine-tasting parties, installing a wine refrigerator will be a unique yet helpful addition to your home. Consider the events, habits and activities your household engages in. Make your home practical to your lifestyle.

2. Swap Out Interior Fixtures
One of the most common struggles many renters face is the inability to decorate and customize their living quarters to their liking because they need permission from a landlord first. When you’re a homeowner, you have a lot more leeway in terms of what you can do to customize your home. Change the interior doors of your home to spruce it up. Swap out the switch plates, doorknobs and carpeting. If you want to install hardwood floors, you can do that because you own the place. Granted, there may be some stipulations on what you can do to your home’s exterior in order to follow HOA rules. However, have fun switching out interior fixtures to your liking.

3. Create a Color Palette
Choosing a color palette will help you to narrow down your search when you’re looking for items that will fit the theme of your home. Choosing a color palette doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds. Start by looking at the clothes in your closet. Take a look at the colors of the books in your library. Notice what colors you’re drawn to when you’re about to pick out a pair of shoes. If you’re constantly picking out black and brown, this might be a sign that you need to err on the side of neutrals. Don’t create a completely blacked-out home. Add depth and interest by incorporating charcoal gray, chocolate brown and navy blue.

4. Install Window Treatments
Instead of solely focusing on making sure you have window coverings to maintain privacy, create window treatments. Window treatments can serve as their own form of artwork in a unique way. Instead of purchasing the standard plastic blinds, purchase blinds that are made of a different material such as wood or bamboo. Take it a step further by hanging curtains. Purchase curtain pullbacks in order to create a customized look. If you’re not a fan of curtain pullbacks, there are battery-operated gadgets that will automatically open the curtains for you once you push a button. Get creative in the fabrics you choose. You can even swap out fabrics as the seasons change. Velvet is luxurious and perfect for a season like winter. Linens are wonderful for spring and summer.

5. Add Artwork and Photos
When it’s time to sell a home, most homeowners stage their homes in order to sell them quickly. In order to make potential customers feel like they’re walking into their future abode, the current homeowners remove their own family photos. When you’d like to make the house your home, it’s time to do the opposite. It’s time to actually put the family photos on display. Create a gallery wall that showcases family members, family friends and even pets. Another idea involves art. Purchase uniquely beautiful pieces of art to showcase around your home as well. Expand your mindset by including unique forms of art such as sculptures and murals.

Even though instant gratification can be wildly attractive, don’t rush the interior decorating process. When a person decorates their home really well, it typically takes them a few months to fully curate the right look. It might even take a year. Don’t be surprised by the time it takes in order to effectively build your masterpiece. You’re the one who has to live in it. You might as well take your time and make sure you’re approaching the decorating process correctly.

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