So how can you create character in a cookie cutter home? It simple, lets start with the wall. You know what I'm talking about, all the homes built prior to 1985 were designed with wide open spaces, this was intended to create wide open concept spaces.....which serve a purpose. Unfortunately the purpose strips the intimacy and character. The big blank wall usually doesn't contain any architectural features, windows, or door. It just a massive wall screaming "I'M A BORING WALL". The worst thing you could do it try to put dinky pictures that you found at dollar tree, with a swag of dried flowers.. Instead use the wall as an opportunity to showcase or as a canvas to create a masterpiece. Here are some suggestions
- Make this wall an accent wall, try painting a rich color (mocha brown, rust).
- Add moulding and a chair rail can divide the wall so it doesnt look like movie screen.
- Create a tapestry...the larger the more dramatic. Tip: www.fabrics.com has beautiful designer fabrics which have embroidered scenes and a whimsical pattern, or for a modern look try geometrics. Tap top and choose a rod to fit the fabric.
- Or this could be the perfect spot for an antique armoire or a large sculpture.
- Try displaying a collection...be careful so it doesn't look like you just through a bunch of stuff on the wall. A collections needs a theme and has to be cohesive. Example: family photos, different sized pictures, different frame. The frames don't have to be identical, but they could be all the same finish, and the prints all black and white. Very Cool.
- See the example below...Awww character Alo Pottery barn!