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6 Easy Ways to Add Character to Your Home

If you’re looking to add some character to your home but don’t want to spend a fortune or undergo a massive renovation, you’re in luck. There are plenty of quick and low-budget ways to spruce up your space and make it feel more customized to you. Here are six simple and affordable ideas to get you started:

Create a feature or accent wall.

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to add character to your home is to create a feature or accent wall. This is a great way to make a statement and add some interest to a room without spending a lot of money. There are a few different ways you can create a feature wall. You could paint one wall a bold color or use a patterned wallpaper to add some visual interest. Another option would be to add board and batten, shiplap, or another pattern. If you're feeling particularly creative, you could even create a mural or hand-paint a design onto the wall. Whatever you choose, a feature wall is a simple and effective way to add character to your home.

Update hardware.

Another low-budget way to add character to your home is to update the hardware in your space. This includes things like cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, and door handles. By swapping out your old, outdated hardware for new, stylish pieces, you can instantly update the look of your space. There are a lot of great options for hardware out there, from sleek and modern to vintage and rustic. Choose something that fits your personal style and the overall aesthetic of your home.

Replace light fixtures.

Fresh light fixtures are another easy and affordable way to add character to your home. Whether you're swapping out an old chandelier for a modern pendant light or adding a funky lamp to a side table, the right lighting can really make a difference in your space. There are so many different styles of light fixtures to choose from, so you're sure to find something that fits your taste and budget.

Upgrade your trim.

Depending on the age of your home, the trim (or lack-there-of) could be something you love or something you don’t. Replacing trim can make a big impact but it can be both expensive and time-consuming. So, here's an easy tip-if you’re not in love with the trim but can’t replace it, a fresh coat of paint the same color and sheen as the walls can neutralize the trim and help it blend in with the rest of the room.

Add window treatments.

Window treatments are an often-overlooked way to add character and warmth to a room. Whether you choose curtains, blinds, or shades, window treatments can add color, pattern, and texture to a space. They can also help to control the amount of light that enters a room and provide privacy. These don’t have to be expensive as there are many more budget-friendly options. Just make sure to choose something that complements the other colors and patterns in your space.

Add décor that reflects your personality.

Finally, one of the easiest and most effective ways to add character to your home is to add décor that reflects your personality. This could be anything from a collection of vintage books to a gallery wall of family photos. Whatever you choose, make sure it's something that you love and that tells a story about who you are. One great way to add personality to your space is to mix and match different styles and eras. For example, you could combine a mid-century modern chair with a bohemian rug and a vintage lamp. This eclectic mix of styles will create a unique and interesting look that's all your own.

Adding character to your home doesn’t have to be expensive, or time-consuming. Whether you choose to create a feature wall, update your hardware, replace your light fixtures, add window treatments, or add décor that reflects your personality, there are plenty of options to choose from. These simple tips can help you add your own personality to your space and create the warmth you’re looking for. With a little creativity and a few simple updates, you can make your home feel more like you.

What tips have you tried? Are there any others you would recommend?



My name is Lindsay Walston.

I'm a healthcare provider turned real estate agent with an eye for luxurious details. Let me show you how to create (or find!) a beautiful and functional home, no matter your budget.  Want to learn more?

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