9 Ways to Add Character to a Home

Have you ever admired the charm and attention to detail in a home, restaurant, or perhaps a hotel? These spaces evoke something – whether it’s a feeling of calm, sophisticated elegance, or grandeur.

For many of us, those feelings fade the minute we walk through our front door, especially if the charm and character has been ripped out over the years or was never there to begin with.

It can sometimes feel like a real challenge to make your personality shine through in your space, but with a little patience and some helpful tips, it can be done. Here are a few ways to add character to your home.

 1. Hardwood Flooring. Carpeting, vinyl plank, and tile are all great flooring options and certainly have their time and place. But if budget allows, consider adding (or refinishing) hardwood in the main living areas, hallways, and primary suite.

 2. Staircase Posts and Treads. These little details can make a world of difference to an otherwise ordinary staircase. Whether custom handcrafted or purchased off-the-shelf, stair posts and treads are available in a variety of sizes, designs, and finishes to infuse character and craftsmanship.

 3. Painted Doors. Tired of your builder’s grade white doors and matching casings? Why not add a pop of color? Consider a robin’s egg blue or light sage for a classic look, or navy blue or black for dramatic flair.

 4. Door Hardware. On a budget? This small and rather inexpensive update will have an immediate impact. While you’re at it, upgrade all the hardware as well as cabinet pulls and knobs.

 5. Light Fixtures. Nothing sets the tone of a room quite like lighting. Ditch your tired and dated fixtures for stylish, dramatic pieces that will elevate your space. An attention-grabbing chandelier, elegant sconces, and pendant lighting are just some options to consider.

 6. Texture. While certain architectural details may be challenging to add after the fact, there’s one easy way to add texture and visual appeal – wallpaper! Use it to spice up a powder room, add an accent wall to your bedroom suite, or make bookcases and built-ins pop.

 7. Molding and Trim. A little molding and trim can make a plain room feel special. Add a chair rail in the dining room, crown molding at the ceiling, and picture frame molding in the entryway or living room. It’s an easy way to add character, charm, and elegance to an otherwise ordinary space.

 8. Mixed Metals. Believe it or not, it’s ok to have more than one metal in any given space. Changing out cabinet hardware for a bold brass finish, while adding in a matte black light fixture gives a room a custom eclectic feel.

 9. Custom Cabinetry. If a kitchen remodel is in your future, customize your space and storage with custom cabinetry. You’ll achieve just the right layout and details for your unique needs and lifestyle.

If you’re ready to infuse character back into your home, look no further than Pann Home Services & Remodeling. From tile work and flooring to custom carpentry and painting, and everything in between, Pann can help turn your ordinary home into a beautiful, timeless space you’re sure to love for years to come.