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Expressing Your Personality in a Home Renovation

With society’s ever-evolving values and sensibilities, people increasingly balk at the idea of being confined to a specific “box.” Perhaps no greater example of this shift can be seen than through examining home renovation.

Cookie-cutter homes are being replaced with homes that challenge traditional concepts of construction and design, making use of innovative materials and sustainable building practices. Therefore, if you are planning a home renovation of your own and want to break away from the mundane, consider any of the following ideas that can help in expressing your personality in a home.

Expressing Your Personality with Texture

Nobody wants to be thought of as plain. Therefore, if breaking up the monotony of undistinguished walls is a priority during your home renovation, there are a number of creative shiplap wall designs that can help you add an enticing element of texture.

Adding dark gray horizontal boards in the bathroom, white vertical facing behind bookshelves and bold blue accents in the master bedroom are some creative ways to incorporate shiplap into your home renovation and prove that your style is anything but boring.

Expressing Your Personality with Color

Colorful backsplash tile, VanderBeken Remodel

From the way you dress to the type of car you drive, color is one of the primary means of expressing personality, with color’s role in home renovation serving much the same function.

Some ideas to make a statement with your color choices include using green cabinet facings instead of traditional white, gray, or beige; blue subway tile for your shower walls or backsplash; and black handrail, knob, and drawer pull options instead of typical chromium or stainless steel.

Expressing Your Personality with Materials

Living in the Pacific Northwest, there is no shortage of people who are in touch with nature. From the stately mountains to the deep evergreen forests, the outdoors are an area in which many people base their identities. If this is the case for you, let nature shine through in your home renovation, choosing stone counters, walnut cabinets and cork floors, or rammed earth walls and siding as staples of your design in place of synthetic alternatives.

Expressing Your Personality with Statement Furniture

Statement glass coffee tableWhile using the correct materials for the floors, walls, ceilings, etc. is undoubtedly important, your personality cannot truly shine without taking furniture into consideration. As a result, when putting the finishing touches on a home renovation, it is essential to choose striking furniture centerpieces, such as beds, sofas, and tables, around which to set the tone for the ambiance of the space and really let your personality speak. Once these major statement pieces are in place, adding the smaller details to give the room its finish becomes that much easier.

Expressing Your Personality Through Your Mood

Most people’s personalities are complex, with many sides that like to shine, given the occasion. As such, it is very reasonable to design your home to match this diversity. Whether it be creating a vibrant home office that gives you a jolt of energy when working remotely, an open and inviting kitchen that gets your creative juices flowing come mealtime, or simply exploring different types of wallpapers to help your home changes its face to match the season, there are a number of ways to break from the traditional stereotypes of what a home is supposed to be and make your space uniquely yours.


As in all aspects of life, people continue to push the envelope on what a home is supposed to look like. If you are planning a home renovation and are not really interested in doing what everyone else around you is doing, consider any of the aforementioned ideas as an effective means of expressing your personality in your home.

Not sure where to start? We’d love to help! With 30+ years experience as a design-build company VanderBeken Remodel has the tools and expertise to help guide you through the entire remodeling process. Click here to send us a quick message to get the process started.

Jordan Swift is a contributor to the Innovative Building Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and interior design. Jordan is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value, improve sustainability, and create a warm and welcoming ambiance.