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5 Ways to Add Character to Your Home

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From architectural details to low-lift upgrades, today we’re talking about ways to enhance your home’s charm—inside and out.

Meet the arched doorways that enchanted us, walls that wowed with their whimsy and other home features that made our hearts flutter.

Consider creeping fig or ivy for the exterior

The homes that stop us in our tracks are often climbing with greenery. Front steps festooned in creeping fig, ivy winding around windows, jasmine draped over doorways. The organic texture and natural color is a clever way to boost curb appeal—without having to restructure a thing. 

We love how the greenery thoughtfully frames the facade—rather than covering every inch—of this classic brick beauty.

ivy covering classic brick home
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A diamond-shaped trellis is always charming—and this version, climbing up the chimney, is no exception.

diamond ivy trellis, white brick home
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Swap in chippendale railing

Few things charm like chippendale, and these homes are proof.

classic white brick, navy shutters, chippendale railing above entrance
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sprawling two story estate with brick and wood siding and chippendale railing
Photo: Adrienne Figueroa / Design: Catherine Sloan

Paint your front door

Your front door graciously waves you into the home—offering a preview of what’s to come.

A pop of pale pink is makes a sweet first impression.

white colonial home with pink front door and american flag waving, featured in southern living
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez / Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

We think a wave of color on both sides doubles the wow-factor.

blue front door painted on the inside of a traditional foyer
Photo: Nathan Schroder Photography / Interiors: Katie Davis Design

Create arched doorways

Doorways have an important job in the home—they usher you into your next destination. If the room is art, the doorway is the frame, and we all know choosing the right frame is what makes art sing. We suggest creating arched doorways to set the stage with style.

classic arched doorway peeking into sitting room with green walls and light blue velvet corner setee
Photo: Julia D'Agostino Pierce / Interiors: BY Interiors

Add texture to your walls

As much as we love wallpaper, there’s something about creating texture through wainscoting or trim that brings lasting, traditional charm to a space. The light blue ceiling, trim and wainscoting wrap this space like prettiest package.

traditional family room with light blue wainscoting, trim and ceiling
Photo: Dustin Peck / Interiors: Anne Pearson

This precious bathroom is made all the more sweet with bead board, accented with old-world charm wallpaper.

neutral bathroom with botanical wallpaper, bead board and single sink
Photo/design: Lauren Elaine Interiors

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5 Ways to Add Character to Your Home

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