Have you ever stopped to think that when you walk into a home, you actually walk into a sanctuary of memories? Every object lovingly brought, every niche thoughtfully decorated.. well, at least when things aren’t strewn about and the cleaning fairy recently visited. And, it is those little instances of personal touch that makes a house a home. From that single photo on the side table to the different sized ones hanging on the walls, each speaks a story of a memory that we hold dear. Using photos in your home decor can be a great way to showcase your signature style and at the same time fill unexpected corners with color. Here are some interesting home decorating ideas, which can be easy on your wallet too:
1. Milestone Memories in Your Living Room
The first question you’ll need to answer is where – pick a reasonably plain wall with a solid color. The side wall in the living room, for example, can be a great place to showcase milestone photos like that of a new born, completing a marathon, graduation day, a stage performance or a good family photo from the outdoors. Think of these photos as conversation starters – ones that will make your guests go wow and compel them to ask the who, what, when and where. Make sure to order high-quality prints in different sizes and choose the same frame for continuity.
2. Creative Home Decorating Ideas for Your Passage
If you have a passage that connects your living room to the inside rooms or the kitchen, it is a perfect place to create a photo wall. This is the place where you can hang photos of your journeys and fun moments. For example, you can showcase photos of how your children are growing up (one photo from each year) or how you are growing (older and) happier with the years, of near and dear ones, who you hold close to your hearts or even your vacations in different places.
3. Ideas for Your Bedroom
Bedrooms are personal spaces so reclaim it with your best memories. This is the place, where you can put collage posters of you and your partner, especially the candid photos. These days you also get several “His” and “Her” bedsheet and pillow collection that is a candid reflection of the fun in your relationship. Don’t forget to create a high shelf in a corner for scented candles. Bedrooms are also a great place for a niche book shelf that holds the book that you are reading just then. Don’t forget to discuss your home decorating ideas with your partner to make it extra special for both of you.
4. Ideas for Your Kitchen
A simple idea to add freshness to your kitchen is to display an attractive collection of edible herbs in jars. This not only beautifies the kitchen but also adds freshness to your food. From simple low-maintenance herbs like curry leaves to an interesting mix of Rosemary, Thyme, Spearmint and Basil can do wonders for your Italian cooking. While these can be in a sunny spot within your kitchen, you can have slightly bigger plants in the kitchen window including varieties of Chilli and even Malabar Spinach (also known locally as Poi).
5. Ideas for Your Children’s Room
A great idea for your children’s bedroom is to create large-sized high-quality posters of their happy, naughty moments – when they are dripping with ice cream or riding their bike. You can also add milestone collages like one for the best photos from 0-5 years and another for 5-10 years and so on. You can also paint the ceiling with clouds and hang off florescent stars that glow in the dark. While car themes are popular for boys and princess themes for girls, it can be a bit of a conundrum, if you have one of each. In that case, choose a neutral clean theme and play with colors to show ownership. For example, the blue book shelf can be for your son and pink for your daughter.
As Mattie Stepanek said, “Home is a place, where you keep all your special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future.” Even when you choose general decor like lighting, painting and showpieces, have it as an extension to your personality reflecting an aspect of you that you want to show people, who enter your home. More than anything, when you think of home decorating ideas, choose a mix of decor that exudes the love and warmth that run in your family.