Moving to a larger space is always an adventure, whether it is to a first apartment after college, a larger condo, or a larger home. After you find the perfect place and pay your friends in beer and pizza to move dozens of ratty boxes full of your prized possessions, you realize your old milk-crate coffee table and lumpy, overstuffed is no longer suitable.
When you are ready to design your home decor to suit your own unique taste, finding the right balance of stylish and unique can be challenging.
Here are the top four tips for finding unique home decor:
1 – Check The Web
There are tons of fun and unusual websites that feature artists who make one of a kind pieces of home decor, most notably Etsy. This is a great way to add some unique pieces to your home and also support artists.
Buying larger items online like custom-painted tables or handcrafted rugs means you won’t have to figure out a way to get it home, as long as free delivery is an option.
2 – Get Thrifty
Places like antique stores and flea markets are treasure troves of unusual pieces that you cannot find anywhere else. They may not be in tip-top shape, but usually a little furniture polish goes a long way.
Often, antique pieces are made of real wood and can have ornate details that newer pieces lack, and the quality will stand all your future moves). Remember, if you are going to a flea market the vendors often only accept cash, so plan on stopping at an ATM.
The good news? They are usually ready and willing to haggle to get the price down.
3 – Shop While On Vacation
If you will be traveling soon, carve out some time on vacation to do some shopping and look for home decor pieces in souvenir shops or markets. That way, you have a unique piece you would never have found in your home town, plus you have a permanent reminder of your trip whenever you pass it.
If you are traveling abroad, you can often have larger pieces like furniture shipped home. You probably will not want to eat into your allotted vacation budget for it, so use a remittance service like Remitly to transfer money for the occasion.
4 – Give Your Existing Upholstered Furniture A Makeover
Maybe you have a chair or sofa that you really love that has started to show its age, or simply no longer matches your interior or suits your taste. Find your local reupholstering shop and tell them what you need.
They should offer a wide variety of color, fabric, and finishing options (like nail heads and buttons) that can transform that lumpy old college couch into a tasteful, structured sofa that will last for years to come.
The same is true for older wooden pieces as well. If you do not want to pay to have the piece refinished, it is a relatively simple DIY project with the help of a few YouTube videos, some sandpaper, and a can of varnish.
Finding The Best Decor For Your Home
Decorating a new space can but exciting, if a little intimidating, and you should not be limited to decorating according to what the closest big-box store has in stock. Broaden your horizons and try finding unique, unusual furnishings that suit your own particular style. Your home should be a reflection of your personality, not a just a collection of mass-produced furniture.