Does your new home look like a carbon copy of your neighbor’s—just another cookie-cutter design in the community? Let your personality shine through in your home decor by creating a space that is welcoming, one of a kind and perfectly you.
If life finds you moving again sooner than later, the right decor can reap dividends with potential buyers. In fact, many realtors believe that staging your home can prompt buyers to bump their offer price by up to 5%.
In this video series, Kerrie Kelly and The Home Depot show us how to transform three rooms from plain to “plain awesome” for three different homeowner personalities. Use this inspiration to add individuality to your space. Plus, our DIY experts have unique personalization projects to help your space break the mold.
Nothing is more personal than your master bedroom. How can a young millennial couple infuse their personality and style into this blank space? A black and white design fits the bill. By combining glossy with matte and printed with solid, this suite becomes a cozy and contemporary nest. From geometric prints to a shimmery mirror, watch how we style this modern space with millennial-approved essentials. Check out the before and after:
BY KIM SIX
Take your black and white bedroom to the next level with this one-of-a-kind accessory.
This simple 20-minute project can transform the look of a lamp from a standard, off-the-shelf piece to a high-end custom-designed statement. Make it pop with a unique pattern of your choice. Simply create a geometric design with painter’s tape, apply matte paint to a stiff brush, and paint the shape, working from the tape towards the center of the shape.
One of the most important places in your home is your living room: It’s where you’ll host guests and spend much of your time together as a family. Let it be a reflection of you. For this design, we were inspired by a young and dynamic family who often hosts holiday parties and weekend sleepovers. We threw caution to the wind and combined rich colors, playful patterns, and accent pieces like metallic side tables and an area rug for added warmth. Watch how we styled such a fun and sassy living room to be a unique yet livable space. Check out the before and after:
BY MATEO LONDONO
Useful storage and statement-making design combine in this colorful and playful way to store blankets.
As functional as it is chic, this blanket stand can hold several blankets while requiring minimal floor space. The colorful pattern adds visual interest to your walls, and depending on the blankets, you can create a variety of interchangeable styles for your living room. Construct a ladder using handrails and dowels, drilling holes in the handrails and gluing the dowels in, letting them set with strap clamps. Use painter’s tape to create a color-block pattern.
An office has to be functional, but it doesn’t have to be boring. It’s a great space to let your individuality speak through design. Mixing rustic textures with classic details, this set-off space becomes a sanctuary to the professional who works from home or simply wants to hide away and read a good book. With a focus on personalized details like X-back shelving and practical pieces like a floor lamp and table lamp, watch how this room transforms into a place where fashion meets function. Check out the before and after:
BY KARIANNE WOOD
Rope and wood work together to make this tray a visual centerpiece and useful office accessory.
This rustic and charming wooden tray is a great addition to a masculine or casual office space. With its organic materials, the tray combines texture and color with form and function. You can create this project in an afternoon for under $20. Simply paint eight narrow pine boards and nail them together. Then, nail side boards on each of the four sides. Drill holes on each of the shorter sides and thread rope through and knot each end. Use it to hold office supplies, paperwork or even lunch while you work.
Sarah Fishburne, the woman behind Trend and Design at The Home Depot, is all about making home design personal. We asked her about the hottest trends in home personalization, and the biggest takeaways homeowners can use when infusing individuality into their homes.
What are some general interior rules of thumb to keep in mind when approaching a room?
Start with a plan. I know this seems simple, but a lot of people jump from room to room and there might not be any synergy between the rooms. When you have a blank canvas it can be overwhelming. Here are some other tips:
· Pull pictures of homes you like, looking for finishes, paint colors, molding ideas, kitchen designs, and more.
· Decide what from your previous home you want to keep and what it needs to fit and coordinate with.
· Identify if there is a focal point for each room, like a piece of art, rug, cabinets, or sofa.
· Use these elements to help create a palette and a tone for the house.
What are some hot, trendy styles right now that people can incorporate into the personalization of their homes?
We are seeing a shift to cleaner lines and more simple designs. Not so far down the road to modern, but less ornamentation and less fuss on pieces. A great example is a shift away from raised panel kitchen cabinet doors to recessed door styles. We are seeing less wainscoting and a move to more board and batten or shiplap, softer palettes, more cool-based neutrals and layering of colors in the same family.
How can people add simple accessories to keep their homes personal, yet current?
I think everyone should collect something. I collect antique bud vases. I know people who collect small pieces of art from places they travel. It is something you can remember and also something to talk about that adds character to a house.
What is your favorite way to personalize a space?
For me it is all about art—it adds color and personality to the room. Pick art that you gravitate to and you will love for a long time.
Whether you want to recreate a few of your favorite details from these three distinct designs, or copy and paste the look into your own space, the trendy yet classic styles are ideal for anyone looking to change a cookie-cutter home to tailored extension of your style. For more information on these individual styles, interior design trends, and professional design services, please visit kerriekelly.com and homedepot.com.
California-based interior designer Kerrie Kelly founded Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in 1995, and provides her expertise about all things design as a writer and subject matter expert for The Home Depot. Kerrie is an award-winning and certified interior designer, author and multi-media consultant.
Sarah Fishburne is the woman behind Trend and Design at The Home Depot and leads her team of interior designers to usher great design across the company. A world-traveler and studied style scout, Sarah writes about the hottest trends in the Design Meet Style blog.
Blogger Kim Six writes The Kim Six Fix, a home improvement, crafting and cooking blog. A former research scientist who off-tracked to stay at home with her children in 2010, Kim is currently updating her San Francisco area home single handedly on a tiny budget.
A long time contributor to the Krrb blog, Mateo Londono brings to his DIY writing his fascination with the construction principles of furniture and architecture, as well as his passion for combining art with reducing waste by using discarded materials.
KariAnne Wood writes the decorating and lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farms, which was named Country Living Decorating Blog of the Year and one of the Top 10 Decorating Blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. Her DIY interior design expertise has been featured on top decor and lifestyle sites throughout the Web.