A house is not a home until you’ve put your own touch to it. One way to do that is to bypass mass-produced designs that may seem unique to the season, but end up being in every home in the block by the time the season is over. Instead, look for quality and longevity in your unique home design statements and you won’t have to worry later on. You’ll not only save money in the long run by opting for long-lasting, quality, fine art products, but you’ll also make it that much harder for neighbors to copy your style.
The first decorative element that a visitor sees is your doorway. It’s also the most overlooked design element in mass-produced cookie-cutter houses. That’s why making a design statement with custom doors in and out of the home can have such a large visual impact. Custom designs can set the stage for a particular style. Doors with design details like stained glass and wrought iron can create an old world charm right from the start. Old European elegance never goes out of style and that look and feel can be initiated at your front door. Other types of detailing not available in mass-produced door versions are wood carving, inlays, and exquisite hardware. Don’t be stingy when you are choosing your custom front door. It will create a very good first impression that is long-lasting and hard to shake.
Fine Art Products
Echo the same quality choices within the rest of the household with custom designs that show that your home is one of a kind. Murals that are created specifically for your themed rooms can be one way to make that statement. However, any type of personal or unusual room accessory can also be used to distinguish your home without the need to pick up a paint brush. Photographs framed in custom settings are definitely unique to your family and can provide lasting enjoyment of different memorable occasions in your life. Sculptures chosen to bring in a particular feel to the home can be put in the living room as well as the garden areas. You can personalize most any home accessory by making careful choices. Add a custom lampshade to a standard lamp base and it will be an original creation that is perfect for your home design scheme.
Small Details Matter
Don’t forget the small details as this can often make the difference between designs that are great to those that are grand. For instance, add accent lighting to areas to highlight custom paintings that grace your wall. Use designer curtain rods instead of plain ones. Get crafty and sew your own throw pillows or add a family quilt to the living room during the winter months. It’s these types of small touches that will show you care enough to pay attention to even the small things in life. If you need help in making those choices, recruit a designer or friend to come look through your existing stash of stuff to help you find which should be highlighted and displayed and which can be left for another day.
Alex Thompson is the author of this article about tips to create a unique home with custom doors and fine art products. He is a graphic designer and photographer for a number of years collaborating with various fine art galleries across the San Francisco Bay Area. To know more about him, you can connect with him over at Google+.