This post is part of the Decorating Your Home series.
All of our homes have some kind of limitation. Whether it’s size, location or structure, we often find little (or big) things that we don’t like about our house, duplex or apartment. Especially if you are a renter. I have found that there are two things that you can do to embrace your home’s limitations: cultivate contentment and get creative.
The most important thing to remember when dealing with limitations is the need to cultivate contentment. It is very easy to slip into the sin of covetousness when it comes to our homes. You pine for the picture-perfect furniture found in your favorite magazine. You wish you had the money to redecorate after reading home decor blogs. Learning to be content is the key to embracing your home’s limitations. Finding the blessings in where you are and with what you have will bring you joy and allow you to see the beauty in imperfect.
Along with contentment, creativity will go a long way in helping you create a home that makes you smile. The steps you take for this will depend on your situation.
“Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.” –Dr. Suess
When we moved into our duplex, I realized that I needed to get a bit creative when it came to decor. As most renters do. One of my limitations came in the form of an electric panel in the middle of the master bedroom wall. “How am I supposed to decorate around that?!?” I thought.
As you can see above, my husband and I created a fake window to cover it up. It was the perfect solution as we can easily get to the panel if it is ever needed and made the room feel much more balanced with the illusion of two windows instead of just one.
With a little creativity and a lot of contentment cultivating, you can learn to be truly happy with your home without a decorating overhaul.
How are you embracing your home’s limitations?