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You likely want your home to be welcoming, cozy and clean for your friends and when you host family. However, you also want your property to be distinctly your own. If you feel like your home is lacking some character, here are a few easy things you can do to instantly boost your space's integrity:

Add creative fixtures and hardware

Small changes can make a big difference when it comes to adding character to your home. Better Homes & Gardens recommends switching out your generic hardware and lighting fixtures for some that match your personal style better.

Changing your silver cabinet handles to copper to match your kitchen can be an eye-catching addition. Similarly, a chandelier or large, modern lighting fixture in your dining or living room can be both the focal point of the room and be functional.

Paint the trim or accent wall

When was the last time you noticed your trim? This feature of your home is often overlooked, but giving it a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any room. If the trim is still natural wood, consider painting it a fresh white for a clean look that will outline your walls and any decor. On the other hand, if you want your walls to appear more spacious, you may want to color the trim the same hue as the rest of the room.

This is a relatively small project that can be completed in a day but immediately transform your room.

Use a ceiling or wall treatment

Another creative way to add some more aesthetic in your home is to opt for unique wall or ceiling treatments. Shiplap and textured wallpaper are great additions to any room — whether it be on an accent wall or encompassing the entire perimeter of the space. However, Freshome also points out that ceiling treatments are a popular way to add some extra integrity to your home.

Instead of a simply white ceiling, try shiplap on top or even a medallion to bring attention to a light feature or certain architectural design.

A unique lighting fixture and window treatments make a space your own.A unique lighting fixture and window treatments make a space your own.

Frame your windows

The windows are an interesting feature of your home because they can be viewed from both the inside and out. Instead of having plain drapes or flimsy curtains, get creative with your window treatment to really make a statement.

Curtains and drapes come in a variety of colors, patterns, textures and materials that can add charm to your living spaces and look elegant from the street.

Don't forget the exterior

Finally, don't forget to spruce up the exterior of your home as well. Painting the exterior trim, updating landscaping and adding shutters are all a great way to have your personality shine through and add curb appeal. By adding some of these extra touches, your property will stand out from the others on the block and guests will always know which home is yours.

The outside of your home is one of the first things guests and passers-by see, so it's important to add extra flare out there as well.

If you have an idea of how to add character to your home but are unsure how to execute it correctly, the professional decorators at Decorating Den Interiors are happy to help. Depending on your preference, our design professionals are available for a free in-person or phone consultation to discuss your desire to add some integrity to your interior and exterior design.

Contact a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors today to begin planning for a home makeover just in time for the new season.