Sometimes homes can feel a bit cookie-cutter, like they are lacking some special touches. Make your own charm inside your home! Here are some simple, inexpensive ways to increase details sure to charm friends, family, and future buyers:

Board and Batten

Pick a hallway in your home or maybe the dining area to add a little flair. Take your ordinary walls up a notch in a few easy steps! Go to your local Home Depot or Lowes and buy some lattice and 1×3” pine boards. Measure your walls, cut the wood accordingly, sand, assemble, and paint! It’s that easy.

Replace Doors

If you have a door to your pantry or laundry room you’re feeling you can part with, let it go! Replace the solid door with a glass one. Either clear glass or frosted glass will bring extra charm to the room through simple details.


Add a chandelier to the dining room or to the front foyer. Chandeliers make a bold statement in such a subtle way it’s sure define your style and complete the look you’re after.

Add a Built-In

Whether it be in the living room, dining room, or even in your closet, built-ins create a charm so unique to your home. Have the design of the built-in resemble the architecture in the home so maintain balance within the design aspects and the built-in will look as though it has always belonged in the home!

Have you tried any of these? Let us know your feedback!

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