Aug 12, 2013

Do It Yourself: the Perfect Finishing Touches

Making a house a home is all about adding the personal touches, the little things that show off what makes you, well, you. Anyone can go out and buy all kinds of things for a new house or as part of decorating a room in your current home to give it a new lease of life, but that still doesn’t necessarily show off your own personal taste and passion.

A lot of homeowners will bring in interior designers, if they have the disposable income, to help them turn their tired rooms into something much more vibrant through a new pair of curtains, maybe some different furniture, some elaborate lighting or some subtle touches here or there that might not jump out at you but really make an impact in the room itself.

DIY is another great way of adding a personal touch to your home. It’s a common misconception that personalizing your home is about putting up pictures of yourself, your family, or splattering bits of memorabilia around. In fact, it can be as simple as putting up a few shelves on an empty wall and filling them with books, maybe feature vases or lamps, or maybe just creating something a bit unusual using a bit of creativity, some timber and a few screws.

One great method of adding a personal touch is through some kind of metallic design. If you have a family Coat of Arms for instance, you could have this created through a process known as cold heading process and turned into a piece of art on your wall, maybe inside the front door or in the hall. Cold forming, for those unaware, is a process whereby metals are shaped without removing any of the material itself, thereby helping to maintain its strength and stability helping to create a really clean and stylish piece of metal.

Alternatively, if you want to stick with the artwork theme, then a family portrait is a great option. Either having it done by a professional artist using paint and a canvas, (although this is time consuming so you might want to consider this option if you have small children who get bored easily), or transforming a particular family photo onto a piece of canvas and mounting it to the wall can not just give you a real “family home” feel, but also enables you to add a touch of colour and style to your walls rather than traditional photographs in frames.
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