No matter what type of interests and hobbies you have, you can show off your personality in your apartment. Here’s how to make your home look like yours!
Just like artists draw self-portraits and chefs put themselves on a plate, it’s totally possible to show who you are as a person through your interior design. What you choose to put in your home can speak volumes about the type of person you are.
Whether you’re laid back, refined, love caring for plants, or can’t get enough good books in your life, you can show the best sides of yourself in your decor.
Below, you will find out exactly how to infuse your personality into a space so that your home absolutely screams you!
Consider Your Strongest Personality Traits
This is where you explore what kind of person you truly are.
Keeping up with trends is nice in theory, but if popular trends don’t match your personality, you won’t feel at home in your own space.
Take time before you start picking things out to really think about your personality traits. How would the people that know you best describe you?
Maybe you’re the kind of person who enjoys the finer things in life. You might prefer to keep things simple without any complications or unnecessary fluff. Or perhaps you’re free-spirited, fun-loving, and extremely colorful.
Once you have a solid grasp on the biggest parts of your personality, it will be much easier to model your design after it.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
When you first move into a new place, the walls have usually painted some variation of off-white. That’s all well and good for a minimalist approach, but it’s definitely not for everyone.
Slapping a new color on the walls is one of the easiest ways to infuse your personality into a room.
Create a color palette for your space that ultimately makes sense to you.
Stick to colors that make you happy. The shades that you would enjoy seeing on your walls every day are the best reflection of your personality, whether they’re bright and vibrant or cool and calm!
Pick Furniture That Suits Your Lifestyle
Your personality intertwines with your lifestyle. You live your life in a certain way because of who you are deep down.
Psychology aside, it’s important to pick out furniture that makes sense for your lifestyle if you really want your space to shine like you.
When you’re out shopping around and testing things out, imagine yourself doing everyday tasks on each piece of furniture.
For example, imagine you’re looking for the perfect sofa for your living room. Take a seat and try to envision yourself doing whatever you normally do at home on that particular sofa.
Does it need to be comfy enough for binging TV shows all weekend long? Are you looking for something more elegant to entertain your book club? Do you need a reliable sleeper sofa that’s nice to sit on but comfortable enough for guests when it’s pulled out?
Match your furniture to the life you live, and it will naturally show your personality.
Bring in More Light
You can never have too much light in your home.
In fact, when you first start on your decorating journey, you’ll probably need more light. You can add as many light fixtures to your space as you want and then set them all up with dimmers so you’re always in control of the mood.
The light fixtures you choose will help you incorporate your personality even more.
A minimalist will probably like something with clean, simple lines. Someone with a taste for elegance might be drawn toward a chandelier. A person that often steps outside the box will likely pick out a funky light fixture that doesn’t quite fit the mold.
How you decide to light up your room can say a lot about how you, as a person, light up the world!
Carry Your Style to the Ceiling
The decor on your ceiling isn’t limited to changing the light fixture. There are plenty of ways you can change up the so-called “fifth wall” so that it suits your personality.
Why not carry your favorite color up to the ceiling?
Painting the ceiling, especially in a darker tone, gives your room a jewel-box effect. It closes things in to make them feel more intimate and cozy than leaving the ceiling plain white.
If you have a smooth ceiling, you can even use removable wallpaper to put a pattern up there for something that’s just as extra as you are.
There are more traditional ways to dress up your ceiling as well.
Add wooden beams to bring in that perfect rustic feel you’ve been searching for, or accessorize your elegant light fixture even more with a decorative ceiling medallion. Both of these techniques will add just the right amount of style to an otherwise boring spot.
No matter which way you look, you’ll see yourself all over your space!
Display Your Hobbies
Few things say more about your personality than the things you love to do.
Your hobbies are the things you are most passionate about, and they can provide you with some amazing decor options for your home.
Artists have a clear advantage in this department. It’s easy to hang up a painting, frame a photography print or set out a sculpture to show off what you do best.
It’s a little bit of your heart on the wall. What could be more personal than that?
Other hobbies are just as valid for interior design, as long as you can get creative about the way you display them.
Musical instruments, for instance, look great on the wall. Avid cyclists can revel in the fact that a lot of people are starting to put their bikes up as a piece of decor. And if you don’t mind never doing that jigsaw puzzle again, you can glue it together and frame it like art.
Don’t forget to give your accomplishments some love as well. Trophies, medals, and certificates all deserve a spotlight so everyone can see just how talented you are!
Show Off Your Collections
Do you have a collection of something that you just can’t get enough of? Well, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get it out and show it off.
It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting a brand new collection or you’ve been working on it for years. If it’s important to you, that’s what really matters.
We’re talking decorative plates, vinyl albums, glass figurines, seashells, action figures, cards, coins, stamps, crystals, retro video games, or literally anything else you love to collect because it just makes you happy to have it. Put it on a shelf!
This applies to memorabilia, too.
Display those concert or movie tickets you’ve been saving. Frame the postcards you’ve picked up all over the world. Set up the treasures you’ve had autographed by people you admire.
Creating a living testament to your memories is a fantastic way to show what you love, which is a big part of who you are.
Literally, put yourself into something by creating it with your own two hands.
There are so many ideas for DIY home decor out there that it’s hard not to find a project that fits your budget, schedule, and skill level.
Repurpose old mason jars with paint to make them suit your style. Go completely ham on a whole piece of furniture to give it new life. Anything big or small that you make yourself counts as a DIY.
It’s hard not to put your personality into something you create, and that will come across once it’s displayed in your space.
Pay Attention to the Little Things
Details are essential to making your space ooze with personality. These are the little things you see and use every single day.
To really seal the deal with this whole design, make sure you put out a few of your favorite things.
Use your favorite flowers as centerpieces for your tables. Add your favorite scented candles to your kitchen and bathroom. Stack your favorite genre of books on the coffee table. Leave your favorite mug out as functioning decor.
It’s these small character pieces that really tell the story of you.
Incorporating your personality into a space has a lot to do with simply choosing pieces that speak to you. If you like something, then it’s probably going to reflect who you are in some way.
If that still sounds difficult, you can use the tips above to help you infuse your personality into your space piece by piece. Then, it will undeniably feel like your home.
Caitlin Sinclair is the property manager at Prose West Cypress, a new community of apartments in Katy, TX.