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10 Ways to add character to your home


It’s always fun to see the inspiration – especially the custom details. The design elements that really add a unique spin on a space and take it to the next level. Some details can be large, complicated, and expensive, while others are easily accomplished on a smaller budget with less effort.

10 Ways to Customize Your Space

1. Wainscoting.

The wainscoting wall treatment in this beautiful dining room (first image) is clean, simple, and elegant. A great way to add character to any space.

2. Shiplap fireplace.

White shiplap fireplace with inset for TV.

3. Small spaces.

When you have a small entry, it can be hard to decorate because you don’t have much room.

Unique gray entry door, white shiplap. Entryway.

That’s where custom details like this unique front door, simple shiplap, and contrast in the stair rail can work for you.  Taking a tiny space from ho-hum to one-of-a-kind.

Entryway with white shiplap. Dark stained railing with white spindles on stairs.

4. Dining room accent.

Add an accent wall to your dining room. The clerestory window is a great idea too (light + privacy), and adds a clean, modern edge to the space.

Dining room with shiplap walls, clerestory window - urban farmhouse style.

5. Whitewashed wood.


Whitewash planked wall in the bar/kitchen area of this family room. Open shelving hung with chains. Contrast.

6. Beamed ceiling.


You would definitely need the right home to pull this exact look off, but adding beams (or faux beams) to a regular height ceiling will add character as well.

Two story dining room with vaulted rustic beamed ceiling. Add character with unique details.

7. Reclaimed wood ceiling.

Speaking of ceilings… Rustic wood, planed to refine it a little. It adds so much warmth and character to this space. (As does the beautiful fireplace. And the impressive light fixture).

Rustic plank ceiling, warm white fireplace with beautiful details, light fixture

8. Floor on the wall.

This warm rustic bedroom accent wall was actually created with flooring.   Who knew? Great idea.

This rustic bedroom accent wall was created with plank flooring. Great idea!

9. Modern porch.

Shiplap-look walls and tile laid vertically creates a modern statement in this sunny porch.

Shiplap walls, clerestory windows, vertical plank tile on the fireplace. Add character with unique details.

10. Wallpaper.


This wallpaper looks like stone - great way to add character in any room. Love the sputnik light fixture too.

Thank you blog.schneidermans for these amazing tips!

Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
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