You’re a unique individual with unique tastes. Your style is important to you, and you want your home to reflect it. You want to be surrounded by things you consider beautiful, interesting, or even a little odd. How do you accomplish an eclectic design without succumbing to big box stores?
Achieving a unique design is easier than you might think. You just need a little creativity to find those perfect one-of-a-kind pieces in unexpected places:
- Thrift Stores
Thrift stores like Goodwill and the Salvation Army are treasure troves for home decor pieces. Furniture, artwork and frames, and various functional knickknacks fill the shelves, and most can be painted or otherwise redesigned to fit in with your personal style.
- Yard Sales
You can find truly rare pieces of decor at yard sales, especially if you stick to sales offered by Baby Boomers as they de-clutter their own spaces. Some Baby Boomers have kept decor items for decades, so you won’t find anything like them in a store.
- Flea Markets
In addition to vintage pieces waiting to be upcycled, many flea markets also offer “flipped” furniture and other pieces. These are the truly one-of-a-kind pieces you don’t want to pass up, especially if it fits in with your style. You won’t find anything like it again!
- Antique Stores
Colored glassware, carved furniture, interesting upholstery patterns, fun collectibles — the possibility of finding a great item to add to your decor is endless at an antique store.
- DIY Decor
Are you the crafty or handy type? When all else fails, hit up Pinterest or other DIY sites online for ideas to make your own wall art, furniture, or other decor to your home. No matter what you have in mind, there is something out there to help you learn how to make it yourself.
Other things to keep in mind to keep your decor unique:
- Add Pops of Color
Keep your color palette limited to two or three basics, and add one very bold statement color as an accent. Yellow, bright greens and blues, or bold pinks and purples are great choices for accent colors.
- Keep It Simple
Just because you think an item will go well with your decor doesn’t necessarily mean you should throw it in your cart right away. Sometimes less is more, so avoid overcrowding the space with decor or your design will look cluttered rather than cohesive.
- Don’t Forget The Green
Plants are a great way to add to your decor. Succulents match just about any design, as well as peace lilies and African violets.