Add Character to Your Home with These Handmade Statement Pieces

Want to add a splash of your personality or character into your home? Here are some tips and tricks that are easily customisable, ready to make every room as unique as you are. 

Traditional Wooden Cuckoo Clock 

Hand-carved from wood by expert craftsmen in the Black Forest Region of Germany, traditional cuckoo clocks are, in many ways, the ultimate vintage statement wall hanging. Whether carved and stained or hand-painted by skilled clockmakers, cuckoo clocks offer a taste of the quirky with a handmade luxury edge. 

Adding some natural textures, especially wood, can make a space seem more connected with nature. This can help us feel calmer and give the room a warm and inviting feeling, making cuckoo clocks the perfect addition for those wanting to add character to their homes. 

Ornate Gilt Frame 

Another eye-catching addition, which can help create a room bursting with character, is a gilt frame. Although ornate, rococo-style frames are available new, but it ups the unique factor if they are sourced from local second-hand or antique shops. Once you’ve collected your frames, why not fill them with children’s drawings, pieces of art from a local artist or even a surrealist-style college, made from cuttings from newspapers, magazines or wrapping paper — the possibilities are endless! 

Quirky Gallery Wall

Why not add a combination of the above, along with some other bits of “found art” to create a truly unique gallery wall? Try adding framed fabrics or collections of weavings to add texture to the wall. This, combined with some framed art and a hand-painted cuckoo clock, is sure to give your home a great sense of cosiness and showcase your personality. 

Handmade Patchwork Quilt 

When it comes to adding some extra cosiness to your home, a patchwork quilt is a classic. Whether you collect your scrap fabric, some wadding and a needle, ready to handcraft your very own quilted masterpiece or buy a second-hand quilt online, the one-of-a-kind pattern is sure to add a quirky and wholesome feel to your home. 

This is also a great way to use up spare materials you may have lying around the house, giving an eco-friendly edge to your home. 

Antique Rug 

You’ve got your statement walls and tempting quilts, but utilising the floor space can also add a fantastic statement to a room. This is another example where scouring secondhand shops and online marketplaces for gems can really pay off. Whether you want the understated luxury of an Afghan rug, the retro feel from a woollen mid-century rug or a simple, sustainable jute-made design, a rug can help make a strong statement in any room.  

Top tip! When it comes to rugs, it is worth bearing in mind that the larger, the better — getting a rug that feels too small for the room can ruin the sense of space.

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