These days, designing or buying your dream home can cost more than what you can afford. You may have to settle for a house that looks similar to an entire street of other houses. But you can still make it your own. Instead of having a carbon copy of your neighbor’s house, you can turn it into something unique that represents YOU.

Customizing your home can be a great way to get the home you want while you’re working on a budget. There are so many ways for you to change the look—inside and out—with just a few simple steps. You can purchase outdoor heaters, vintage items, restore old furniture, eco-friendly plumbing, and invest in good custom outdoor blinds for your patio.

Not sure how to go about it? Listed below are just five ways for you to customize your home and anyone can do this.

Vintage Items

One of the best ways to add a different look to your house would be to purchase some vintage items such as vases or paintings. You can pay a good price for some second-hand items that can be statement pieces for people to talk about when they come over. Pick something that resembles what you see in a décor magazine or opt for an item that carries personal value for you. Vintage items can even be passed on by your family which can make it that much more personal.

This approach will not only add something unique to your home but can also help you design the rest of the room. You can use the vintage item as the centerpiece of the room while styling the room in a way that draws the focus to the item you’ve purchased or received from a family member.

Custom Outdoor Blinds

If you’ve been blessed with having a patio on your premises, then having custom outdoor blinds made can be your solution. This will not only add your own touch to space but also protect your friends and family when they come to visit. You don’t have to risk anyone getting sunburnt or wet.

Outdoor blinds can also be a way for you to add your own style as you can get them custom-made to your preference and your chosen color scheme. This type of custom-made blinds will then be completely unique to your home so you don’t have to see another house with the same blinds as you.

A Feature Wall

If you want to add something different to your house then a feature wall, also called an accent wall, could be a great way to go. An accent wall can also be a way to tie different aspects of your house together, for example using the yellow of the couch that doesn’t match anything else in the room. Alternatively, it can be the statement piece you’re looking for if vintage items are not something you’re into.

You can get as creative with the accent wall as you want or just keep it simple. Add one striking painting or decorate it with multiple items hanging on the wall—even art done by your kids. The choice is really up to you. The best part about focusing on one specific area, rather than the entire room, is that it will not push your budget to the extreme.

Restore Old Furniture

The best way to customise your home would be to work with what you’ve got. This way you don’t have to spend too much money. Furniture can get outdated or fall apart over time. Instead of just repairing it or throwing it away, change it completely and then you’ll automatically have something ‘new’ and different.

There is no need to throw anything away when with a little TLC you can create something you can love again. This can also be a great family activity where everyone can come together and be a part of restoring old furniture for everyone to enjoy once again.

Change Up Your Entrance Hall

For both your own sake and visitors’, transform the entrance to your home. This will set the tone for the rest of the house. If you and your guests are impressed the moment you walk in the door, you’ll see other rooms in a positive light too. So, this is the perfect area to spend your limited budget.

You can make it more practical by adding hooks for everyone’s coats. Alternatively, make it ultra-personal with some family pictures. Or, simply add new light fixtures to take it from gloomy to bright. Use some modern hardware for styling.

Final Thoughts

If you’ve had to settle for a house that can be the stepping stone to your dream home, don’t worry, you can still love it! After reading this, hopefully you’ll have a few ideas on how to customise your house it’s not much harder than choosing plantar socks. There are so many options out there to make you feel happy with the home you’ve got until you get the dream house you’ve always thought about.

For now, fall in love with everything around you and make the most of it.

Ellie Chen

Ellie Chen is a graduate of New York University with a Master’s in Real Estate who has been an expert in property market trends and real estate investment for over 12 years. Her previous roles include working in real estate brokerage and as a property analyst. She has provided insights into real estate marketing, property management, and investment strategies. Her background includes roles in real estate development firms and as an agent. Beyond work, she is a great hiker and a volunteer in housing affordability programs. She is also a passionate urban cyclist and enjoys participating in community development initiatives.

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