Over the last few years I have really started to make our home feel more like us. And us is quirky. Well I am quirky. I’ve realized that my style is a mashup and doesn’t fall into a particular genre. More Jonathan Adler meets Joanna Gaines meets Ikea hackers meets Junk Gypsy than any one of those alone.
Any you know what? I love my home so much more. When I tried to make it look like a specific style it felt unfinished and impersonal. But when I started adding bursts of quirk that I loved even if to some (even my husband) it looked weird or to others was too bold I felt much more comfortable. I am surrounded by what I love.
Here are 5 ways I’ve been adding quirk into our home.
1. Adding colors unexpectedly.
I love using color in a different way than the norm. Such as brightly colored candles with my classy milk glass, silver, and crystal candlesticks.
2. Give a fun nod to your home.
We call Texas home now, again, but when we didn’t I bought this armadillo figure as a nod to my husband’s home state’s official animal.
3. Add bold prints.
I had played it safe for so long with neutral colors. I wasn’t planning on buying our now beloved bold Moroccan rug but when a more neutral one wasn’t the right size I started looking elsewhere and instantly fell in love with this gem. It’s one of my favorite things in my home for its bright colors on a traditional print.
4. Original art.
Look for (or have commissioned) original art that inspires you. My sweet husband knows I love cows (for some reason) and had this made for me by a local artist. It’s pretty random as our home is far from Western but it brings me joy.
5. Anything that makes you smile, no matter how odd it may be.
I bought a large birdcage with a stand and proudly brought it home. My husband didn’t get it, and still doesn’t. I put my snake plants inside it and love how it’s a unique way to house them. Nobody else may think it’s cool but I do. And that’s what matters.
No matter how you do it, adding quirk to your home means adding personality. More than your home looking like a magazine or tv show it should look like you.
Take a look around your home. Do the things in it represent you and what you love? If not, start looking for ways to inject some personality into your home.