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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.