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Decorating with Personality: Design Quickie (2)

Updated on April 23, 2012
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I'm a thirty-something writer who lives in downtown Toronto. I've been an online writer for over seven years, focusing on health trends.


Every room in your house or apartment needs to feel like your own, you never want your finished product to resemble the coldness of a hotel room - display what you love. The common misconception in designing or furnishing a room is you must display 'loved' expensive pieces and leave the more personal touches for rooms of less traffic. I think the most important part of a room is creating a room with personality - you can attempt to decorate to someones personality but yours will come easier, I'm sure.

I've always loved displaying photographs or books, the most interesting pieces in the room are the ones which catch your eye while sitting in the room. I would suggest finding new and interesting ways of displaying your photos - you do not always need a frame, try metal clips hung on finishing nails in your entrance way or if you are daring try collaging. When decorating with books you can stack them on top of tables or next to chairs - it would be an interesting way of changing the focal point within the room. Old pieces - family antiques - can be displayed on shelves and on surfaces within the room, one of my friends have taken to collecting antique toys, which he displays near the furniture in his living room.

I would also consider using mirrors as a focal point in the room, displayed over large pieces of furniture - it will make the room look larger and if done correctly create a whimsical display. The most important part of creating personality within a room is arrangement of both the furniture and the objects displayed on top of them - do not overcrowd and use your best judgement when choosing which objects to display. Use jolts of colour to draw the eye around the room, this can be done with the choice of flowers, colours of the objects - like antique toys - or lights you've placed around the room which play off the mirrors.

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The most important personal touch within any space is the personality of the person designing and decorating - you. Do not worry about what others with think of what you have chosen to finish the room off with, if it be antique toys or collectors plates mounted to the walls - if you like it then that's all that matters.

Use punches of colour in the objects you are decorating with or the fabric you have chosen throughout the room, nothing is worse than drawing from only one family or grouping of colours. Remember to use a variety of different objects, mirrors or photographs in a few different ways - use your discretion you do not want to override the design plan.


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    • janikon profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      @furniturehelp eep, sorry - i'm such a hub idea stealer.

      @tracy lynn conway thanks for the hub-love, once you get the hang of it - very fun. :)

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      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Awesome Tip Janikon i found this as very timly post as i was abotu to do some thing for this topic... anyhow you win! :)

    • Tracy Lynn Conway profile image

      Tracy Lynn Conway 

      6 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Nice hub with simple and easy to follow tips! I will concentrate on personalizing some of the rooms in my house first.

    • janikon profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Canada

      @peggy w i love HGTV it's becoming a problem on nights my favourite shows are on and my roommate wants to watch something else. neutral colours and less personalized photos are good for selling a house - though i'm never sure why the photos are downplayed - but when creating a good space i say go crazy, well - crazy with style :) thanks for the comment! we are now HGTV friends - bonded for life.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Sounds like you have some fun with your decorating. It would be quite boring if everyone did the same thing. When selling a home, that is where more neutral colors and less personalized pictures, etc. comes into play. Can you tell that I watch HGTV? Ha!


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