I read a theory a while ago that argued that when we’re in the market for buying a new home, there’s always a key feature in every property that stands out in our minds. So much so that we use it as an identity when we’re thinking back over our options.
When I went hunting for my first place, I realised just how true this was. I viewed the ‘yellow velvet sofa house’, the ‘neon bedroom’ flat, and I eventually settled on the ‘shabby chic cottage’.
But it definitely got me thinking about how we can actively shape our living space’s identity, and the quirks we create that make a house a home, and truly of our own making. So I set myself off on a mission to create my own unique design feature. If you want to do the same, here are some ideas that you might want to consider…
Install a wall mural
Okay, so we’ve all heard about feature walls. But a wall mural takes things one step further, and it can be a real showstopper, regardless of your personal style. You could wake up every morning to the waterways of Venice. Or a leafy country walk. Or a wall full of bold, vibrant flowers. You can have your own custom designs printed, so the only limit is your imagination.
Wallsauce stocks a range that spans from colourful and creative to calming and serene, so you’ll be sure to find something that fits in with the ambience that you’re aiming for. A wall mural can do all the talking, which means that you can go with simple pieces to furnish the rest of the room.
Build a romantic spiral staircase
Have you ever been inside a home with a spiral staircase? If you have, then you’ll surely remember it. They make for a big talking point, and if anything, they’re becoming less and less common these days. Another great selling point is that they can be a fabulous space saver, so they make for an ideal option if you don’t have much room to work with.
UK building regulations have strict standards on spiral staircases, for safety reasons, and you’ll need to make sure that they meet the sizing requirements. If you’re working with an interior designer then of course they’ll be able to provide you with all the details you need.
Create your very own home library
If you’re as much of a bookworm as I am, then this idea will light up your soul. Imagine coming home each evening and spending a little time surrounded by your favourite books, a cosy chair, and settling down with a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Total bliss, right?
The beauty for this one, for me, is just personal you can make it. You can line the shelves with your favourite stories, knowing that a magical land is always there, waiting for you to step into it. When it comes to a unique design feature, could there be anything more special?
Creating a unique design feature can take a little imagination and a lot of thought, but it’s definitely worth it. Which of these ideas will you be trying?