Over the past two years, most of us have spent more time at home than ever before. If your surroundings do not fill you with joy, then this is a missed opportunity. Whether you’re tired of looking at the same old design and decor, or you’re discovering your environment seems lifeless or bland, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to add some brightness and personality to your space – requiring no expensive renovations, heavy-duty fixtures, or paint jobs. And if you’re a renter, these clever ideas will bring your real apartment into a tiny closet to your dream apartment, without breaking the bank or your lease.
From low-profile additions like colorful pillows, oversized mirrors, and notebooks to items like removable wallpaper, stylish storage solutions, and funky furniture picks, here are 10 unique home décor ideas that’ll personalize your home — without always.
Unique home décor ideas to add a personal touch to your home
Add visual drama with a uniquely shaped mirror
Any interior designer will tell you that adding a big, bold mirror to a room is guaranteed to update your space by making it look bigger and brighter. Instead of reaching for a rectangular frame, we suggest opting for something in an unusual shape—like this wavy-edged mirror from Urban Outfitters—for extra visual drama.
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Dress up your bookshelf with cute notebooks
Notebook ends are a great organizational tool that makes any shelf look neater and more organized. Find the right combination, and it will also add personality to your screen. Plus, if you don’t have the space (or budget) for a proper bookshelf, notebook ends can turn any spare surface into a makeshift library. While there are plenty of options out there, we love these marbles from West Elm for their whimsical and dreamy vibe.
Transform your room with a unique wall decal
If you’re renting an apartment that you can’t paint your walls in, or if you’re not inclined to take on such a big project, wall stickers can be your best friend. They’re easy to apply and won’t damage your walls when it’s time to move on—I tend to change my mind, so I like that you can remove them in minutes by heating the material with a hair dryer and then peeling it off. For a retro look, opt for this colorful, soft, matte vinyl decal that will do the trick even on textured walls. Bonus: looks like something you could have drawn yourself!
Beautify an awkward space with unusual seating
If you have an awkward corner or spare nook, fill it with a statement piece of furniture like this hanging chair from Urban Outfitters. Sure, it’ll provide extra seating, but it’s really all about the bohemian chic charm it brings to your space. Not keen on drilling holes in the ceiling? Choose a similar hanging chair that comes with its own base so you don’t have to worry about installation. Next, cut out some cushions to decorate your hanging chair and surround a few plants to increase the comfort factor.
Choose organizational hacks that double as decor
There are many ways to make your home more organized without compromising style. Case in point: This beautifully brightly decorated set of five wall hooks is great for hanging coats, scarves, umbrellas, and hats. When not in use, painted wood knobs double as exotic art for your walls. In addition, it comes with hardware to facilitate installation.
Go for a peel and stick wallpaper for a total makeover
Whether you choose to cover every wall or feature just one section, peel and stick wallpaper is an easy way to add new energy and visual interest to your space. You can also use it to liven up a dull shelf, cabinet, countertop or backsplash. I’m currently dealing with a case of extreme wanderlust and was immediately drawn to this option, which evokes rooftop gardens in San Francisco. If that’s not your style, Spoonflower offers thousands of different patterns and prints, so it’s safe to say there’s something for everyone.
Add texture and drama with pampas grass
Tall and graceful pampa grass is a major décor trend these days for good reason: The showy, sculpted stems are at once soothing and sexy, and bring a welcoming texture to any space. Use some to color an empty corner, add a few stems to a vase for a stunning centerpiece or pick up a group of vibrant dyed stems to spice up a monochromatic room.
Choose Unique Storage Solutions
You can trick the eye into realizing that a room is larger and less crowded by opening up space on the floor and lifting objects off the grounds. Mounted wall shelves are one way to do it, but this wooden shelf, suspended from ceiling hooks by four stretched strings, is a particularly pleasing development on the concept. It’s not just a surefire conversation piece, but it will bring new interest to your space. Although it is designed as a bedside table, we also love the idea of using it in place of a side table in your living room.
Renew your old seating with attractive throw pillows
Do you want to give your space a new look without investing in completely new furniture? Adding throw pillows can completely redefine your space by adding texture, introducing a new color palette, or emphasizing the ones you already have. Solid-colored pillows paired with more decorative pillows, like these beautiful embroidered pillows from Rifle Paper Co.
Let it in the light with sheer curtains
Sheer curtains are a powerful decorative tool. The barely-there fabric lets in a lot of light, while the fabric adds warmth, texture and character. This dreamy Etsy option packs a vintage feel and a pop of color.