Is room design just about some average comfort and usability? There is more to it, and there are always things that make your room personal. Decorating it with traditional or extravagant items will not only materialize your claims but also motivate and charge you with the right state of mind. So, how does your home shape a better version of you? Let’s see.
Think Global: Maps on the Walls
A map on the wall? You must be a captain or a pilot, or a general, or a CEO of a global corporation, or maybe a blogger who travels a lot. Well, you don’t have to be any of these. A map on the wall makes you just feel connected to the whole world. In addition, it looks cool. There are various options that make your room better with a map:
- Scratch-off maps. This is a traveler’s choice: you can easily mark the countries you have been to, and it’s way more original than magnets on your fridge. They are made big and readable, so even the smallest countries can be accessed. In addition, it’s an inexhaustible source of topics to discuss with your guests.
- Decorative maps, like canvas or parchment ones. Their informative value is close to zero, but their real purpose is to create the atmosphere of romantic travels, adventure and discovery. They don’t even have to belong to this world: a map of Middle Earth or Westeros would impress even stronger.
- Wooden maps. Plain and 3D maps, of different sorts of wood and different colors, different scale and size, and even with accessories like pins to mark certain spots. There are also world maps and maps of other countries, looking just as spectacular. It’s not clear what to do with these maps when borders change and new states appear, but, frankly speaking, you better trust Google Maps with that. And the wooden one still retains its warmth. For example, you can see how creative they can get on https://enjoythewood.com/collections/usa-maps.
Culture Is Key
What cultural branch do you belong to? Well, there can be several, you can enjoy many subcultures, but “none” is always a wrong answer. So why not express yourself by surrounding yourself with what you like? These should be symbols rather than tools. For example, if you like rock music, an actual guitar would not make a good decoration, but a poster or a copy of it will.
Tires and lanterns, road signs and car plates, book covers and a football uniform, whatever you like will do. And it’s up to your imagination how to place these items all over your room, or at least in some area. Several planks fixed on the wall, by the way, will make a good gallery where you can place lots of various items that you like. Shelves are also a choice, but they are better for the next thing.
Flowers and Retro: Home Is Warm
What can be more natural than plants and flowers? You can have your room full of these, but they should be positioned right to make a stylish environment. There are various options where to put them, including:
- Shelves. Both generic shelves on the wall and special flower stands will do.
- Ladder stands. They can be put in the middle of the room or closer to the wall, or even brought outdoors if the weather is right.
- Hanging baskets. Easy to fix, they add an unexpected feeling into the array of those generated by your room.
Flowers are jealous when it comes to design. If you want your room flower-themed, then everything else, from books and gadgets to fitness equipment, should know its place. And flowers are here to stay.
But if you are rather a rational type than a romantic one, you may want to highlight your place in a scientific style. There are many decorations that create that feeling of discovery and research, knowledge and curiosity.
- Periodic table of chemical elements. It’s easy to hang on the wall. If you don’t mind some of your guests screaming Science, biatch! of course.
- Classroom posters. There are tons of them: choose those on your favorite disciplines!
- Everything space-themed. Photos of Mars, made by Perseverance, the Pale Blue Dot by Voyager 1, the far side of the Moon — whatever. A telescope or a rocket model would also do.
- Again, an office board — in case you need to write down some calculation (though chances are you’ll write a reminder about milk and coffee)
- Molecular wooden décor. In case it doesn’t speak for itself to your guests, you can deliver a lecture.
Science is all around, and you can always find something you like. Including human anatomy, which is closely associated with… With sports, yes, and on we go.
Motivation and Motion
Motivational posters can be laughed at, but they do work. On the other hand, the very way you serve them does much of the work. So, according to Marshall McLuhan, remember that the medium is the message. So, which one do you choose?
- If you are a techie, the best way to demonstrate your posters, motivators and quotes is a built-in screen, a TV or a large tablet where you can see it. Fix it on a bracket or build into the wall, connect the power, and you’re ready to go.
- A book type? Wooden letter boards or a black office board will fit you. These old-school handwritten texts or selected letters will look scholarly, shaping the right vibe.
- Into sports? Then you have probably thought of your home gym. The motto of the day should be readable from your favorite equipment, a treadmill, a bench, or whatever you use the most often. And as for the style, a banner is probably the best.
Express Yourself, Enhance Yourself
After mentioning McLuhan, let’s finalize it with the concept of the extended phenotype. According to it, you are more than your body and soul: everything that you create around is also a part of you. If it applies to persons as well as species, then your room is a part of you. So why put up with something you don’t like? A better version of you includes a better version of your environment. And if you find none of these ideas good enough, maybe they will inspire you to find something truly yours.