DIY Home Decor Ideas to Make Your Home Personal and Unique

DIY Home Decor Ideas to Make Your Home Personal and Unique

Your home is your haven. It’s where the heart is. We all want our homes to look and feel warm, inviting, personal, unique, and like an accurate representation of ourselves. The best way to make a home original includes home decor ideas that add individual touches and create special features that elevate the home from builder’s grade average to personal and unique.

Finding a personal and unique decorating style can also be daunting and difficult, with so many ideas and products to choose from. But fundamental home design elements will get you on the road to a customized and original home.

eclectic living room

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The best thing is that DIY decorating can be quick and easy. Adding just the right accessories here and there can make a significant difference. And when you feel up to it, there are beginner DIY projects to pack a major punch for the effort they take.

DIY Home Decor Ideas

Creating a personal and unique home doesn’t require a huge investment of time and money. You can incorporate many cheap home decor ideas and projects without spending precious time and money. Use these decorating tips to get your home from blah and uninspired to wow and bespoke.

Coordinate Your Soft Furnishings

Soft furnishings are the fabric elements of your room. From curtains to pillows and rugs to throw blankets, adding tactile elements warms up a space and makes it inviting and cozy.

boho pillow covers from upcycled sweaters

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Fabric accessories add color, pattern, and texture to a living room. Carefully choose your fabric elements’ style and ‘feel’ to make it personal.

Velvet and lace are feminine and luxurious, linen and sisal are great for a natural and down-to-earth style, while striped and gingham patterns fit perfectly with farmhouse design.

Think About Your Lights

Natural light is the preferred light in any room, and finding ways to let in more natural light is the first step in creating a well-designed living space. But additional lighting will always be needed, which brings another way to customize our home decor.

Lamps and light fixtures are essential aspects of home decor and an easy way to add character to a room. From a beautiful vintage chandelier over a dining room table to subtle, indirect lighting that creates atmosphere and mood, there is always a perfect lamp for any space and use.

painting a brass lamp

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Take an extra moment to think about your lighting plan before you add another lamp to your decor.

Add an Accent Wall

Creating a feature wall in your home is no longer challenging. So many wonderful self-sticking wallpapers are available today. From farmhouse to modern, and from classical patterns to natural textures, there is a wallpaper in every style.

If regular wallpaper sounds too dull, consider adding a photo wallpaper. The selection of photo wallpaper options grows bigger every day. From significant, extravagant flower patterns to tranquil and relaxing nature scenes, photo walls are hot and happening.

Another non-permanent way of adding a feature wall is by painting your wall. Painting one wall is an easy Saturday project. Go with a single accent color or use a decorative paint technique, like painting a wall to look like concrete. When you no longer like your painted wall, you can easily paint over it again.

Add in the Right Amount of Accessories

Decorative accessories are the perfect final touches to a room. You don’t need many to make a room feel finished and curated.

If you like adding more knick-knacks to your room, it is best to think about collections. Add similar or related accessories in groups to avoid a cluttered and haphazard look. Here are some decorative accessory ideas for you:

  • A collection of similarly styled candle sticks on a fireplace mantel
  • A tray with different coastal-style objects (think coral, driftwood, shells) on a coffee table
  • A chunky vase with a bouquet on the dining table
  • An assortment of baskets filled with hydrangeas on top of a wardrobe
  • A shelf filled with all kinds of travel souvenirs
coffee table tray decor in coastal colors

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Home Decor Ideas to Update Your Rooms Seasonally

Changing your decorations seasonally is perfect for making your home feel fresh and up-to-date. Each season has signature elements and colors that invoke a unique atmosphere and mood.

For summer, think of polka dots and stripes, coastal decorations like coral and seashells, and textures like wicker and linen.

Think of pumpkins and pinecones, burlap and twine, and bouquets of fall leaves for fall decor.

In the winter season, add extra throw blankets and light candles. Put a simmer pot on the stove and hang some decorative wool-knitted gloves on a wall hook.

Winter decorating ideas from the thrift store

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Spring is the season for nests and eggs, flowering spring bulbs, and light, fresh colors.

Choose Your Wall Decor Carefully

The fastest way to make your home look and feel like every other home is by using ready-to-hang prints and posters. So instead, use original wall decor and hang it with care and consideration.

vintage framed art as eclectic wall decor

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Finding original artwork is one way of decorating your walls, but if real wall art is outside your budget, there are other ways to decorate your walls with personality and flair.

  • Use wall hooks to hang straw hats and fedoras
  • Curate a collection of original thrift store paintings with a common theme
  • Make a boho-style feather wreath to hang on your wall
  • Create a gallery wall with your pictures
  • Use specialty frames to hang and swap your kids’ artwork
Basket wall decor with Bohemian design

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Add Something Unexpected and Quirky

Avoiding too much matching and coordinated design is crucial when you aim for personal and unique decorating. Start with your well-chosen color scheme, mix-and-match patterns and designs, and carefully curated collections of accessories and decorations. Then, step back and see where you can add the unexpected.

circle weaving on a pizza pan

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Every room needs a little bit of quirky humor and originality. If you use lots of neutral and light colors, add something black, like a wall lamp or candle holder. When your style is modern and minimalist, add something vintage and rustic, like a stack of old books or a signature clay pot.

Or use something unexpected to draw attention, like a side table made from a painted suitcase or a couple of baskets used as pendant lights.

Finding Your Home Decor Style

If you are still determining your decorating style, it can help to investigate some popular home decor styles and their defining qualities and elements.

And remember, even when it comes to home decor styles, you can mix and match and selectively choose what works for you and leave the things that don’t resonate.

Traditional or Classical Style

Classic silhouettes, rich color palettes, and elegant patterns often characterize traditional home decor. It uses authentic antiques and luxurious materials like marble, lacquered wood, and heavy fabrics. This style incorporates timeless furnishings with symmetrical arrangements, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

To achieve a traditional look, consider using:

  • Rich wood tones
  • Plush fabrics like velvet, silk, or damask
  • Classic patterns like damask, stripes, or paisley
  • Antiques or heirlooms as accent pieces

Modern Style

Modern design emphasizes simplicity, clean lines, and geometric shapes. Chrome and leather are signature materials, relying heavily on a neutral background with bold and contrasting colors featured in original artwork and selected accessories.

To create a modern aesthetic in your home, focus on:

  • Minimal use of accessories
  • Open floor plans and clean lines
  • Materials such as metal, glass, and concrete
  • Bold accent colors and geometric patterns

Vintage Style Home Decor Ideas

The vintage style celebrates the charm and nostalgia of past eras, blending old and new elements for a timeless appeal. It is also known as Shabby Chic or French Country and has a feminine vibe. It often includes repurposed items and thrifted pieces meant to look distressed and previously used.

Framed doilies as shabby chic wall decor

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To achieve a vintage look in your home, consider:

  • Distressed or antique furniture
  • Neutral and pastel colors
  • Unique accessories or collections
  • Genuine and faux flowers, floral patterns, and soft fabrics

Minimalist Style

Minimalism prioritizes simplicity and functionality, often featuring a neutral color palette and minimal use of accessories. This design style creates a sense of calm and order and welcomes empty surfaces.

To implement a minimalist aesthetic, focus on:

  • Uncluttered spaces and minimal décor
  • Functionality and purpose for every item
  • Light color schemes with occasional pops of color
  • Simple, streamlined furniture

Industrial Style

Industrial design draws inspiration from factories and warehouses, embracing raw, unfinished elements such as exposed brick and metal piping. This style often includes vintage or repurposed materials.

To create an industrial look, consider:

  • Exposed beams, pipes, or ductwork
  • Textures like concrete, raw wood, and rusty metal
  • Factory-style light fixtures and metal locker cabinets
  • Reclaimed or salvaged items as accessories

industrial decor

Farmhouse Style

Farmhouse décor combines the cozy, rustic appeal of country living with a modern lifestyle. It often features natural materials, vintage items, and handmade accents. Farmhouse style favors a neutral color palette and uses used kitchen items as accessories.

To achieve a farmhouse look, incorporate:

French farmhouse decor from the Thrift Store

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Eclectic Style

Eclectic style is characterized by mixing various design elements, colors, and patterns. Rules are mostly there to be broken, allowing for a whimsical approach to decorating.

To achieve an eclectic look, consider:

  • Mixing patterns and textures
  • A diverse range of furniture styles
  • Collections of items that hold personal meaning
  • Vibrant and unexpected color combinations
mid century eclectic decor

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Finding Your Personality and Style with These Home Decor Ideas

Customizing and personalizing your home decor is the best way to transform any house into a home.

We all want a home that resonates with our true selves and wraps around us like a warm favorite blanket. But finding our style and expressing it in our unique decor design can be challenging.

In a world of carefully curated and immaculately presented rooms on Instagram and Pinterest, with a constant influx of new design trends and must-have home decor products, staying true to a personal style is daunting.

But once you have found your decor style, it can become the beacon that helps you decide what is right and wrong for you and your home. It will take some research, experimenting, and redoing to get it right, but decorating any room will become much easier and more fun.

This article originally appeared on PinkWhen.



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Marianne Songbird

Marianne Songbird is the founder ofSongbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.


  1. Glena Dusky says

    You are by far the best decorating genius. I love the beachy vibe decor you post now and then.
    That’s the look I am going for.
    Here is my dilemma, I live in a 1980’s single wide trailer when decor ideas consisted of brown paneling. I painted the walls a soft white with pink undertone. Next plants and lots of colorful decorations, i love color.
    What I am getting at the long way around is i am doing the best i can with what I have. I doubt I will ever live in a sweet cottage or house.
    It’s trailer trash all the way.
    I would love someone to start a website for the people like me who want ideas on making more space. How to decorate a ratty trailer and be proud of my home.
    I even thought of starting one myself but I am lazy, and I dislike deadlines.
    Even posting pictures of the before and after looks.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas with me, i feel like you are my friend.

    • That’s really a great idea for a blog/website, Glena. I’ve never run into a website quite like that- but there are a lot of bloggers who refurbish old campers. I wonder if some of their space-saving decor ideas might have some applications for you? Of course, they have to focus on securing decor so that it doesn’t fall or break while traveling around. But it’s still an avenue you may want to explore?

  2. You Have so many great idea’s!! Natalie K

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