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5 Ways to Personalize Your Space

Heed these tips for a home that’s brimming with character


You’ve heard (and read) this time and again: your home should be a reflection of your interests. If you don’t want your personal space to look like a run-of-the-mill showroom, inject your personality into your home. Do it in small doses or go all out! Here are five areas of the home where you can showcase what you love.

A traveler's foyer

Let your travel finds greet your guests as soon as they step into your home. Choose four or five mementos you picked up from your sojourns and display them on a console table. Make sure to play with varying heights and textures to add visual interest.

For instance, set that flea-market ornate mirror as a background. Then, layer a tall figurine and a round vase in front of it. Corral smaller items on a small tray to keep things tidy.

A geek's living area

A comic book fan or a tech-savvy couple? Go for accessories and furnishings with designs that readily convey your interests. For example, the living room above belongs to a couple who are both in the IT industry, hence, the QR code area rug and pillows that sport pixels. And of course, the husband-and-wife also have their superhero collection on display.

A beach lover's coffee table

Bring your favorite vacation destination into your home by incorporating sea-inspired elements. Repurpose old glass jars and fill them with shells and sand. Keep to a cool palette of whites and blues with touches of beige for a truly beachy ambiance.

A boho's dining room

The key here is mixing colorful pieces, like these dining chairs that sport varied bohemian prints. Take off from the colors you see and let your dinnerware follow suit. If you want to go all-out boho, go for a printed tablecloth. Otherwise, temper the visual feast with a plain, neutral dining table.

A graphic artist's kitchen

Bold, graphic lines and off-kilter shapes make for a really unusual and impressive kitchen like this. To balance things out, stick to one accent color set against a neutral shade. Inject pops of colors in small amounts, and go for modern contemporary kitchen appliances and tools.

PHOTOS: A Beach Cottage (Main) | Dairy Darilag (Foyer) | Paolo Feliciano (Living Area) | Livened Up (Dining Room) | Livinator (Kitchen).

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