Adding Character to Your Space

Interior design is not simply a matter of throwing a couch and two chairs together, with a painting hanging crookedly on the wall – it is much, much more than that. In the same way that not everyone can dress like David Beckham, you need a special twinkle in your eye to know just how best to style a room. Some people have it and some people do not.

However, that does not mean that this interior design skill can’t be both learned or improved upon. There are some basic criteria any budding designer should adhere to depending on what vibe they are trying to pull off in each room. There is one special angle, however, that is more elusive than them all, and that’s ‘character’.

The character of a room is somewhat difficult to articulate, yet you know it when you come across it. The room can scream class – it lets you know it is different. It may be subtle or it may be obvious but a room with character is hard to forget. So how do we add character to a room?

Furniture choice

One of the easiest ways we can add character is by being very selective with our furniture choices. Out go the generic options – forget about what’s modern, fashionable and in vogue. Think about something that resonates with you, with your childhood, with your dreams. Brown leather sofas are a great option here, they ooze character – the more rustic the better.

Large leather chairs are another great addition; sitting opulently in the corner, casting a classy gaze across the rest of the room. It’s hard to define, yet you can feel the character of the room instantly. Now you just have to work out how to carry the requisite gravitas to sit in such a commanding chair!


Art is a very personal choice, and something that instantly creates character in any room in the house. It’s considerably easier to fall back to the standard choice of family photos, holiday pictures and a nice sketch of the family pet – but, as quaint as that may be, it won’t add character.

An original piece, however, does add exactly that. Something modern or abstract will work wonders. You can even match your color scheme, although something that almost clashes with your existing scheme will shout out even louder. Try to avoid the safe choice, find a controversial piece you like and hang it with pride.

Room layout

With open plan housing becoming more and more popular by the day, it’s normal to have kitchens and living rooms opening on to each other. However, most kitchens are set out in the same manner, as are the living areas. Feel free to mix it up, make one of your standard areas a focal point. A huge imposing kitchen table, or some exquisite beanbags in the living area – mix it up, break the mold and feel the character seeping further into your house.

To truly add character you have to be prepared to take risks. Give it a try and reap the rewards. If you don’t then don’t be surprised if you lose the ‘wow’ factor.