MARK IT AS YOUR HOME

NEW BUILDS CAN LACK CHAR­AC­TER AND LOOK A LIT­TLE ‘IDENTIKIT’. NEALE WHITAKER HAS THESE TIPS TO ADD YOUR OWN PER­SON­AL­ITY TO PROJECT HOMES

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It’s never been eas­ier to add your per­son­al­ity to a home: all you need is the right ac­ces­sories to give you the cosy, lived-in, per­sonal feel that’s unique to you.

I have been liv­ing in an in­cred­i­bly con­tem­po­rary apart­ment that was re­ally just a con­crete box and our chal­lenge was to make this feel like home.

WALL ART

Art can in­ject per­son­al­ity into any space and the more things you put on the walls, and the more jum­ble and pro­fu­sion of the art the bet­ter, be­cause it tells a story. It can stand alone, it doesn’t need to match your rug or paint colour. The cur­rent trend to­wards the gallery style of art in homes – a mix of draw­ings, paint­ings, pho­tos – in­stantly gives homes a very per­sonal touch.

LAMPS

Like­wise, lamps are a great way of cre­at­ing am­biance, which peo­ple rarely un­der­stand.

It’s so easy to change the mood of a room through two or three well-po­si­tioned lamps. When de­cid­ing where to put your lamps, look at the nat­u­ral light as well as the fur­ni­ture place­ment in the room. Iden­tify your dark­est spots or where you want to cre­ate mood light­ing and start ex­per­i­ment­ing.

MIR­RORS

Big mir­rors can be bought rel­a­tively cheaply and leaned strate­gi­cally against walls to re­flect a view and bring light into the home. Never un­der­es­ti­mate the power of mir­rors. Styles like art-deco type mir­rors or those with bev­elled edges can bring char­ac­ter to a home.

RUGS

What you put on the floor has an enor­mous im­pact on the mood of a room, be­cause one of the first things you no­tice when you en­ter a room is what’s on the floor.

SU­PERB SPA­CES

If you have low ceil­ings, you can trick the eye with ver­ti­cal stripes or any­thing that takes the eye up­wards. Sur­pris­ingly, a darker ceil­ing can also make a room feel taller. Floor to ceil­ing cur­tains can also ex­tend a room.

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