Guest post by Kacey Mya Bradley
The first people to notice the changes you make to your home are probably going to be your neighbors — they live on the same street, after all. And, though you’re the one basking in the compliments, you might not realize that they’re also getting a bit of inspiration from you, too. Whether they see an addition you’ve made to the interior or the exterior, they’ll likely compare the changes to their own abodes and wonder what they can do better. Do you want to be the block’s blueprint for how to spruce up a home? If so, use one of the following six home décor trends, and watch as your inspiration inspires others.
1. Repaint Your Front Door
The front door is the entryway to your home, so it’s no wonder that it gets most of the attention when it comes to curb appeal. Once you change its color, you change the entire look of your home’s façade — in other words, your neighbors are sure to notice it. Choose a shade that goes well with the material used to build your home, as well as any other painted accents that you already have. If you’re feeling extra industrious, you could update your front-porch décor to make it an even better representation of you and your style.
2. Mismatch Something Unexpected
A dining table and its chairs should always match, right? Think again. More and more designers are making a bold and fun statement out of an otherwise traditional piece, placing chairs of different heights, sizes and colors around the same table. The result is a conversation starter and focal point for your kitchen. As an added bonus, you can usually create this look for much less money than you’d drop on a matching set. Hit up garage sales, flea markets and thrift shops to find chairs that are ready to use or will be after a few coats of paint or reupholstering.
3. Spiff Up Your Bathroom
Bathrooms aren’t always the most glorious room in your house, but I guarantee you when your neighbors pop over for a little block party or your friends come by for a get together, sooner or later they are going to have to “go.” With this being said, making sure your bathroom is not only clean and fresh, but decorated in a way that appeals to the human eye, can be a simple way to make your toilet space stand out! Think about adding small candles to the back of the toilet and around the sink, display your hand towels in unique ways such as making towel origami, place a soft, ruffle mat at the base of the sink. After all, the bathroom should be a comfortable place, and is the room your guests will request to use!
4. Make Your Mirror Stand Out
Houses in the same neighborhood are often built by the same contractor, which means they’ll typically share the same style, as well as many of the same interior design elements. You and your neighbors might all have the same fixtures and mirrors in your bathroom, so turn heads by swapping yours out. A more unique mirror with a frame, surrounding metalwork, etc., will make the entire space look more custom and less cookie-cutter.
5. Add Window Boxes
When it comes to design elements for the exterior of your home, there’s nothing quite as romantic as a window box full of flowers. You can customize your window boxes so that they go with the look of your home, whether it’s craftsman, traditional or sleek and modern. Then, fill it with foliage that adds a pop of color and draws eyes to your home’s façade. Once eyes are there, it’s only a matter of time before your neighbors start envisioning their own homes with window boxes, too.
6. Leave No Corner Unconsidered
Finally, you can create some great design envy with unexpected elements that your neighbors probably haven’t considered in their own homes. Take, for example, your hallway: is there anything in there besides walls and carpet? If not, use it as a gallery for all of your travel photos or vintage movie posters. The same goes for other nooks, like the front entryway, the space beneath the stairs, alcoves, etc. Spice them up and make them something worth looking at,and your neighbors will.
Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
The Drifter Collective: An eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.
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