Personalized Touches: Custom Elements That Reflect the Homeowner

Taste is personal. Moving into a new home can feel like wearing a garment that does not fit until you make it your own. Adding new landscaping, replacing light fixtures, changing window treatments, decorating and placing family photos around the house are proven ways to transform a lackluster house into a warm, inviting home.

Below are some details about some of the best ways to accomplish this task.


Landscape with zeal.

If you have a green thumb or love the challenge of designing an outside area, then landscaping offers you a way to make your mark. Dramatic flower gardens make a big splash drawing your eye to the color and the contrasts. By layering your plants with the tallest in the back and shortest in the front, it is easy to create a masterpiece in your yard.

Other ideas for spicing up outdoor areas of your home are rock gardens, outdoor fireplaces, stamped walkways, metal design elements, statues, and water features. Most of these projects are something you can do on your own if you don’t mind doing some research first.


Replace a dated or unappealing light fixture with something amazing.

Construction-grade light fixtures are often underwhelming, focusing primarily on the utilitarian purpose of providing light at an affordable cost. This is a lost opportunity to truly add a personal touch to your home. Lighting fixtures are capable of adding a dramatic splash to any room. Well-designed lighting rivals artwork in many cases as one of the best ways to personalize your home.


Change window treatments.

Window treatments can definitely make a big difference in a home. Since our eyes are naturally drawn to the light, adding attractive new window treatments offers an excellent strategy for breaking up a monotonous wall with some color and interesting design lines consistent with your personal taste.


Decorate your new space with items that have meaning.

Whether you’re a collector or just a sentimental fool about the gifts you’ve received over the years, adding personal items that have special value to you is one of the best ways to turn your new digs into a place that feels like home. It might mean finding a special place of distinction for the piano your favorite grandmother gave you or building a bookcase for your book collection. Whatever warms your heart is something to add to your home decor.


Showcase important photos in nice frames on a prominent wall.

Home sweet home is about family. What better way to make a new space feel like home than to add photos of your family and friends into the mix. They not only add an element of comfort, but elegant frames designed attractively on the wall can also add visual appeal.