Times are changing, the seasons are changing, and so are you. If everything else is changing, then why should your home stay the same? Change is good, change feels good, and it makes you feel fresh and new. Your spaces should reflect that inner goodness.
But sometimes change can be overwhelming when you don’t know where to get started. It can also be hard to decide what to change, especially when you want something unique to avoid the mainstream trends. After all, it can be a little embarrassing when your entire home looks like it was lifted straight from the Pottery Barn catalog. Here are nine unique home improvement tips to make your space stand out from others.
Paint the Front Door
Have you ever been walking down the street and stopped in your tracks to admire the front of a building? What’s the piece that makes you say ‘darn, I really want to live there as opposed to other homes? Aside from front windows, one of the most eye-catching aspects of the front of a building is the door.
Adding a pop of color to your front door will make it stand out, but also more inviting. Try a warm and happy red coat of paint against any type of brick home or on the front of any home with a white exterior. And if you’re not interested in paint, try out a more ornate door with wooden carvings or glass and tendrils of decorative iron. We also have a little tip for interiors, you can try night sky painting for a unique look.
Carpet in Unexpected Places
While you don’t have to go as far as adding carpet to your ceiling, there are other trendy and functional places where you can add it instead, such as your stairs! While there is the option to cover your entire stairway in carpeting, we’ve got another idea.
If you have a stairway on display or that acts as a main focal point in your entryway, then it might not hurt to spruce it up a bit. To add a touch of regality to a modern home or delve deep into tradition, add a stair runner.
Not only will they add a Victorian flair to your home, but they’ll also protect your stairs from scratches, as well as regular wear and tear. The revival of this old trend will make it a unique renovation to your home when executed along with some beautiful flowers.
Backsplash in Unique Places
If adding carpet to your stairs doesn’t fit the feel of your home, then go a more alternative route. Take the idea of an accent wall or tile backsplash and apply it in an unexpected place like the backs of your stairs.
Adding a beautifully patterned or even metallic tile would bring a polished vibe to your stairway. Treat your staircase like a mural and add a design that spans the entire stairway. Another fun and easy option is to use peel and stick wallpaper to the risers. It’s a job that could be done in the afternoon.
Millwork to Please the Eyes
Millwork is a type of woodwork used to embellish doors, trims, wall paneling, flooring, trim, and molding. It gets its name because it’s produced in a mill, but don’t let that deter you. It adds a lot of character and class to any room in your home. If you’re intrigued by millwork, but unsure where to add it to your home, a few unique ideas are adding it to the ceiling or even your front door.
Clean up the mess and by adding a store-it-all multi compartment storage unit to the mudroom by the front entryway. Go for a large storage unit with a variety of compartments that meet all of your needs. Our personal favorites are the units with benches that lift up for a little extra hidden storage.
These are a handsome way to organize all your weather gear, store guests’ coats, and avoid having a massive pile of shoes by the front door everyone is tripping over. Get one in an accentuating color to brighten up the room. We love a piece of furniture that’s multi-functional, highly organizational, and ups our style game.
Cozy, Classy, & Ornate
For a project that will really make your home feel like new, add an electric fireplace. They’re versatile, so no matter what your interior decorating style is, you’ll be able to customize it and make it fit in perfectly, whether you’re going for something cozy, classy, or ornate. Not to mention, the summer months are the perfect time to add upgrades for the winter.
Upgrade Your Shower Head
Whether this is in your guest shower, or your personal bathroom, adding a stylish shower head with multiple functions is always a good idea. Make yourself feel pampered with an iron shower head with adjustable height. Get really fancy and add a rain shower head to the ceiling.
Create a Backyard Paradise
After spending so many months cooped up inside during the winter months, we forget about backyards. Extend your space for entertaining on warm summer evenings or lounging on Sunday afternoons by decorating your backyard.
While you could just add a patio furniture set and plant a few flowerbeds, you don’t have to restrict yourself to the basics. Get creative and add hammocks, pathways, or even a gazebo. A large enough gazebo will allow you to put a table inside and entertain in all weather.
If you lean towards more intimate settings than a small gazebo with lights and comfortable seating is the perfect entertaining venue for friendly chats while sipping drinks under the stars.
Swap Out Your Knobs On Your Cabinets
While it may seem like a small and simple switch, changing up the doorknobs on your cabinets can make a huge difference. Start small and only change them in one room, like your kitchen cabinet, or go all out and change up the knobs in your kitchen and bathrooms.
The funny thing is, once you have a home all set up and the major decorating done, it may seem like there’s nothing left to change. But a fun hack is to crawl back over your space with an eagle eye and suss out the small fine details. These tiny customizations are much more manageable when you have the time and space to think about them.
Make Your Home Unique, Make It Yours
Change is good. Your home is yours and it should feel that way. When guests, family, and friends enter your space they should be welcomed and surrounded by your unique energy and vibes. Not feel like they’re sitting in a perfectly curated storefront window or display.
But it can be hard to decorate, or even find your personal style when you keep seeing the same trends pop up everywhere in stores, magazines, and online. We hope these nine unique ideas and home improvement tips will make your space better and more you. Make a change for the better. Find something that suits your style.