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Fill your homes with character and make them an extension of who you are with our fun design ideas to personalise your homes
Interior design is not only about how a space looks; it’s about tapping into how a space makes you feel and what emotions your surroundings evoke. I vividly remember the first morning I woke up in my own apartment. I should have been exhausted – I had been awake till 4am moving and unpacking – but I woke up with a sense of excitement and pure joy. Yes, it was a rented apartment but it was my space for the foreseeable future. And now, I got to make it my own. Whether it’s a rented space or you own the house, unless you have built your dream home, there is always that desire to add your personal touch to the house design – that is what turns a mere house into a place that feels like home. We explore a list of design ideas from big undertakings like a bathroom makeover to simple changes that make a world of difference like window treatments and rugs to customised décor projects you can undertake yourself like hanging photos.
We suggest your first step should be to have the new house professionally cleaned from top to bottom. In fact, it is a good idea to employ a professional cleaning service before you move in to have a clean slate to work with. Give yourself a timeline to create customised interiors for your home but don’t rush it either. Some of our ideas like custom storage options may require a little time to understand how you use the space and what kind of solutions you need.
We know that giving your bathroom a makeover can be quite a big undertaking especially if you are considering an overhaul like changing the tiles. However, you can create customised interiors by changing a few smaller elements. Simple ideas include upgrading details like faucets, cabinet hardware, towel racks, light fixtures and shelving. You can add plants and mirrors to the room to give it life and accentuate the natural light. You could also add a little colour and pattern to the space by using bathroom wallpaper.
We can’t stress this enough – the right kind of storage is key to making your daily life easier. This is one element you should take your time to plan. Understand your needs in different parts of the home and customise the storage accordingly. From simple open shelves to innovative storage systems for your kitchens, bathrooms and wardrobes, there are a lot of options in the market to help you personalise this aspect of your homes.
Personalising your bed and sleeping area is great way to make the room feel like an extension of your personality. From unique nightstands and pretty headboards to bedroom floor lamps and bedroom furnishings to even the style of bed you choose – you can completely transform this area into your personal haven. Even something as simple as a little colour – like the painted arch on the wall in this image – can change the bed area.
Indoor plants are really the simplest way to fill your home with life. It’s a great way to turn your balconies into peaceful sanctuaries and can uplift the most mundane of spaces within the home. Personalise your home by adding plants not only in regular spots but even in unexpected places. The shower area in this image gets completely elevated by add creepers to the space. Indoor plants are also known to be air-purifying and have a therapeutic effect on the residents. Keep in mind that quite a few plants are toxic to pets if ingested so do your research before buying.
A great way to personalise even a rented home is by using wallpaper. There are many types of wallpaper for homes available – paper, fabric, paper-backed vinyl, non-woven, solid vinyl, PVC or coated vinyl – that come in every pattern, texture and colour imaginable. You can use them to add drama to your walls, as a backsplash in the kitchen, add colour to your bathrooms or even personalise the décor of areas like cabinetry, wardrobes and staircases. Removable wallpaper – especially durable, moisture resistant kinds – are a renter’s best friend to personalise the home. Read our guide to choosing the best wallpaper here.
You would be surprised how one element like swapping out old window treatments for new ones can lead the style of the room and add personality to the space. You can even create the illusion of higher ceilings by placing the curtain rod closer to the ceiling and using drapes that flow right to the floor. Here is our guide to understanding different window furnishings and choosing what works best for you.
Your walls are a great space to add personal touches to your home. From unique wall shelves to creative decorative pieces, there are many ways to personalise your empty walls. Take, for example, how the wall in the image has been decorated – simple wall shelves lined with plants and vases have been paired with an antique camera and a mask-shaped wall planter with nature-inspired artworks completing the look. Use your walls to bring out your taste in customised décor, personal items and artworks.
Later in the article, we talk about layering different lighting within each space, but an easy way to bring in your personal taste is to choose one or two quirky light fixtures as décor accents or to create a personalised focal point in the room. The quirky light fixture in the image is as much a decorative element in the house design as it is functional, if not more. Along with the wall treatment, this area turns into an accent wall replete with a creative light.
Vases filled with fresh flowers can do wonders to uplift your house interior design and even your mood. If you’ve got a green thumb, try your hand at growing flowering plants – they look great lining a balcony. You can also consider flower subscriptions that deliver different bouquets every week to your home. As with indoor plants, be mindful of what flowers you bring into your home if you have infants or pets. For instance, all varieties of lilies are highly toxic to dogs and cats if ingested.
Your front door is quite literally the first thing anyone sees, so why not unleash your creativity here. The front door or porch area is a wonderful canvas with which to experiment. If you can’t or don’t want to change the door – there are a mind-boggling array of decorative doors available in the market – we suggest turning to colour for a quick and relatively inexpensive makeover. This could even turn into an easy D.I.Y. project with a host of quality exterior and wood paints available in the market. If you are looking to paint the exterior walls of your home, read our comprehensive guide here. Another idea to personalise this area is to get a custom nameplate for the home made. Throw in a few potted plants and sleek light fixtures to complete the look.
You can personalise any room in your home with soft furnishings. Window treatments, throw cushions and area rugs are simple ways to customised décor and to add oodles of personal character. An area rug is a great way to anchor a particular setting and visually define it. For instance, an area rug can tie the seating area of an open-plan living room together or create a visual demarcation between the sleeping area and other parts of the bedroom. The key is to choose the right size for the space. To small and it will get lost, too big and it will overwhelm the house design. Read our guide to choosing the right rug for your home here.
Layering different types lighting is how you can create the right vibe in any room and a relatively easy way to customised interiors even in a rented home. You have ambient lighting which illuminates the entire room like well-placed ceiling and wall lights. These might be harder to install or replace because ceiling lights need a false ceiling, but still possible. Lighting like table lights, well-placed cove lights and pendant lights are great for task lighting where you want to focus the light to a specific area. For example, the pendant lights above the kitchen island in the image. Finally, accent lights are meant to highlight details like unique architectural features which includes items like picture lights and concealed lighting like LED strips.
You might not be able to give your entire kitchen an overhaul but an easy way to upgrade it is to change the kitchen faucet and hardware. There are so many different kitchen faucets in the market that come with a host of features and in different colours and finishes. You can instantly add a swanky feel to this area with a new faucet and even sleek door knobs and drawer pulls. Just make sure the new hardware matches the installation of the old ones so you are not left with holes in the cabinetry.
Personal photos and artworks that speak to you are a great way to stamp your home with your personal touch, especially in a rented place. You can create a gallery wall or just use one or two larger pieces to create a sweeping effect.
Your walls are such a large canvas for home design and the colour you choose is important to the overall house design. This is another design idea that works in rented homes as well because you can paint over it before you leave. If you are not big on colour on every wall, an accent wall colour could be just what you are looking for. Keep in mind that different lighting can change the way you perceive colours in your home. We suggest first painting a few colour swatches on the wall to see how they appear over a day, in natural light that changes from morning to evening and in artificial lighting of your home.
Our homes reflect who we are and turning a house into a home requires infusing your spaces with character and personal touches. If you are unsure about how to create customised décor within your homes, reach out to the Beautiful Homes Service by Asian Paints. The panel of experts will help guide and streamline your house design process to craft a home that feels like an extension of you. They will work out every detail to make the process of home interior design easy, enjoyable and hassle-free. You will get the benefit of a panel of designers, seasoned contractors as well as a dedicated project manager to work out each step of the way. You can also peruse the Beautiful Homes online shop or retail stores in various cities for an exceptional range of furniture, lighting, home décor, accessories and wallpapers for home.
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