29 Ways To Give Your Home A More Personal Feel

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Pick a doormat that will not only collect dirt and dust but also let people know the type of home they’re about to enter.


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Doormats are a fun way to express a bit of who you are before people enter your home. You could choose a reference to your favorite TV show (that you might even be bingeing as they ring the doorbell) (left; from Firebox for $23.99) or just a nod to your humor (right; ShopJosieB on Etsy for $55.25+). You can find a lot of other options on Amazon or Etsy (plus customizable ones if that’s more your speed).

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Whether you have a green thumb or aren’t able to keep a succulent alive (hello that’s me!), add some greenery.


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Plants bring life to your home (literally) and make it a more inviting place. You can pick up some real ones and become a plant parent, but if you can’t keep anything alive, you could also get a fake one and never have to remember to water it. Reviewers swear that the one above looks real from a distance, so you can add it to a corner that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic.

Get the fake plant above from Amazon for $57.85 and check out the best places to buy houseplants online.

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Decorate your walls with removable wallpaper to bring more color and design into the room without having to commit to it for the next 30 years.


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There are a lot of companies today that make great removable wallpaper that’s easy to put up and remove. You can choose one style that speaks to you right now and then if you get tired of it in six months, simply remove it and choose something else. I got to see a demonstration of the wallpaper above being applied to a wall in only a few minutes. And then a few minutes later, it was removed and there was absolutely no residue left. It was practically magic, I swear.

Get the wallpaper above from Carter + Main for $14.99+/roll.

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Actually print photos you love because when you look at them…they might make you laugh!


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Yes, Instagram is great, but it’s also very digital. You can print photos super easily (and cheaply) and hang them up to really bring your actual life into your home.

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Pick up postcards when you travel and turn them into art.


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This is one of my absolute favorite things to do when I travel. Postcards are cheap (usually only $1-$2) and fit perfectly in a 5×7 frame. For example, the map in the top left corner of the image on the left is a postcard I picked up in Iowa while visiting for a friend’s wedding.

But I also like to collect postcards from museums to display some of my favorite works of art. I hang them together with general postcards of places I’ve visited to have a nice little reminder of all the places I’ve been. When I was in Washington D.C. last fall, I picked up an illustrated postcard by a local designer and now have it hanging in my room.

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Have a designated place where you can display those postcards and other knickknacks easily (and then can switch them out whenever you want).


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I love this photo grid because I can easily hang up photos and mementos that instantly bring back great memories. Bulletin boards are also great for this and give you a place to hang up the tickets from your favorite concert, photo booth photos, and postcards.

Get the photo clip frame above from World Market for $15.99.

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Find art prints that make you happy. Then pick up some cheap frames and make your own gallery wall.


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There is no one right way to pick wall art, you just have to find the style that fits you. You could pick abstract, travel, maps, landscape, floral, illustrations, typography, humor, pop culture, or really anything that really speaks to you. The print on the left is from Beth Hoeckel on Society6 for $21.59 and the one on the right is from FlyAwayPip on Etsy for $9.42.

If you think you’ll have to spend a ton of money on some ~fine~ art, you’re wrong. Some of my favorite go-to sites are Etsy, Society6, Minted, and Urban Outfitters to find gems. Plus, here are 16 places to buy affordable art online.

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Turn those prints into a gallery wall that truly fits your style.


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There really is no one right way to make a gallery wall. But staring at a big blank space can be intimidating. Basically you can start two ways: with a shape you’re going for or with art in mind.

To read more about finding a style that fits you, read this guide that’ll finally conquer a gallery wall.

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Don’t be afraid of color! If you love pink, find a pink couch. Or if green is more your style, pick that instead. Your rooms shouldn’t be boring.


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Check out Domino‘s guide on buying a couch here.

Check out a similar green couch from Wayfair for $399.99.

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If you don’t get a lot of natural light, find some nice lamps that won’t break your budget for the month.


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Adding a lamp or two is a great way to (literally) brighten up a room. And they don’t have to be ridiculously expensive. Put a floor lamp in a corner and a table lamp on a side table. You can then customize the lights to fit your mood.

Get the lamp above from Amazon for $74.99.

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Search craigslist or other second-hand sites to find nice furniture that speaks to you without a high price tag, which is especially great if you have champagne taste on a beer budget.


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Have you ever spent hours lusting over a beautiful couch only to realize that it’s $3,000??? (Hopefully, I’m not the only one…) If you want nice furniture in your home, but your budget wants you to calm down, you can turn to second-hand sites to find something you love. Maybe you’ve heard one too many Craigslist horror stories, but it’s still a great place to find furniture you love that fits your budget. You can also search for specific items and narrow down how far you want these items to be so you don’t spend hours trekking to get a couch.

You can also use other second-hand websites such as Facebook Marketplace and AptDeco (if you’re in the NYC area). Or even visit local thrift stores to see what’s in your area.

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Make sure you choose the right-sized rug for your home to make it feel comfier and cozier and a more inviting place to spend time in.


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TBH the «not this» pic is exactly how my first apartment looked, so it’s okay if that’s yours, too. But having the right-sized rug can really anchor the room and also make it. You can find a great selection of rugs in a variety of different styles and patterns on Wayfair.

Image from Shannon Claire Interiors.

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Find throw pillows that really speak to you: either figuratively or literally.


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Whether you add a pillow that’s a reference to your favorite TV show ($8.99), or one that’s just really pretty ($40). You can find something that fits your style (and budget).

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Pick up some cheap fresh flowers from the grocery store and make your own arrangements.


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Floral arrangements can be expensive—and die fast. But that doesn’t mean that you have to never have fresh flowers in your home again. Pick up a few of your favorites from your local grocery store and make your own arrangements.

And check out 14 floral arrangement hacks if you don’t even know where to start.

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Remember that bookshelves can be for more than just books. Craft the perfect combination of books, art, and trinkets to make it an integral part of the room.

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Place mirrors strategically around your space. They make a huge difference — when light reflects off them, it makes the room feel bigger and brighter.


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No matter how big or small your home is, this is a great idea. Just be mindful of what you’ll see in the mirror when you hang them. You’d rather see your plant again than whatever is happening in your bathroom.

Get this mirror from Urban Outfitters for $160 (reviewers say it’s really big, and they get a lot of compliments on it).

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Find one big piece of art you love and make it the focal point of the room.


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Your eye is immediately drawn to the piece of art in the room—and that’s the point. All the other decor coordinates with it but doesn’t overshadow it. Find one big piece of art that stands out and then choose other smaller items in the same color scheme.

Learn more about creating a focal point in a room here.

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Don’t be afraid to pick decor that really speaks to you, even if it’s a little outside the box.


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I think my coworker is a master at this. She takes her brand and runs. Your home doesn’t need to look like anybody else’s, so if you love Baby Yoda, display him! Or if dark and decaying things are what you’re into: go for it. It’s your home and you should feel truly comfortable living there.

And if you need some help getting started, check out our home decor shopping section—with different items for every style.

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Add some humor. Pick some things that’ll make you smile when you see them every day.


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Your home doesn’t have to be serious to be seen as «grown-up» or «put-together». And you can totally make a funny joke above your toilet in the bathroom if it makes you smile when you see it. It will feel like an adult’s home if it looks and feels like you, promise. Check out more pieces of humorous decor here.

Get the box above from Amazon Handmade for $29.95.

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For your bathroom, find a shower curtain you love and then find small items that match it to make it a place you won’t mind visiting.


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This shower curtain is beautiful and everything else around it coordinates but doesn’t over shadow it. This is important, especially if your bathroom is small. You don’t want to feel overcrowded while you get ready in the morning.

Get this shower curtain from Urban Outfitters for $39.

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Your coffee table is the center of your living room–and a great place to show off your style and interests. Choose books and objects that are tailored to you and arrange them in a way you won’t mind looking at every day.


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Add a bar cart and fill it with your favorite drinks so you can have them on hand, even if it’s just a lot of seltzer.

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Use what you love the most as decor. If you are obsessed with clothes, buy a clothing rack and display your favorites!


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Why should you keep your best clothes tucked away in the back of your closet if you don’t have to? Plus, if you love these items the most, there’s a good chance you wear them more often so they’ll be super easy to grab in the morning when you’re running late.

Read more about how to master this decor trick from Design Love Fest.

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Put a letterboard or chalkboard up so you can change the message based on whatever you feeling that day.

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Turn your favorite books (you’ve already read) into a side table.


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Not sure what to do with the books you love after you’ve finished reading them? Simply stack them on top of each other for the most personal table you’ll find. Add a thin piece of wood on top if you don’t want to put your glass of water directly on the book. Just be careful if you decide you want to read one again before they all come crashing down!

Image from Design Sponge.

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When decorating your bed, find a pillow style that’s right for you.


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There honestly is no perfect number of pillows you have to put on your bed that’s going to tell the world «I have my life totally and completely together». You kinda just have to go with your gut. If you have a smaller room, I would stick to fewer pillows because where are you going to put them at night when you go to sleep?

From Matouk.

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Hang a calendar on the wall so you can also keep on top of your schedule and also remember to call your grandma on her birthday.


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Get the calendar above from Paper Source for $20.96.

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And if you’re still a little lost, look for inspiration everywhere and find a style you like.


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Browse Pinterest, Instagram, and home decor websites (such as Pottery Barn) to see what others have done. Create a place where all those images can live together so you can see what you’re going for when decorating your home.

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But at the end of the day just remember that it’s your home, and you can do as little or as much as you want with it.


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As long as you’re happy, your home will be happy.