How to Fake Dream-Home-Style Features in the Home You Have Now

How to Fake Dream-Home-Style Features in the Home You Have Now

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Adrienne Breaux
Jan 22, 2015

We'd bet that everyone has a couple of design elements they fantasize about in their future dream house. Like a brick wall full of texture. Or an envious art collection that rivals a museum. A claw foot tub for sinking into every evening. If your current home doesn't have one of these dreamy design elements, here's how to go about faking the feel.

If you wish you had one of these...try the suggestions below until your real dream becomes a reality! (Photos are of dreams, obviously!)

A really rad textured brick wall

Am I the only one who dreams about living in a space with a really old, really crumbly, cool brick wall one day? So much texture! So much design interest! If you're currently living in a home that doesn't have a cool textured brick wall, there are some things you can do. If you own your home and you're a badass, you can install one yourself like Vickiann did. Don't have the patience for an install? Go overboard on the rest of the texture in your space...think rustic wood tables, chunky blankets and more. Even consider snapping shots of crumbly architectural details and framing those...it won't replace what you really want, but it might stave off your brick wall cravings until you find a home that has one! Picture above spotted on House of Turquoise.

A clawfoot tub in a spa-like corner of a bathroom

I have been dreaming of a clawfoot tub in a cool corner of a bathroom for just about forever. But, I haven't had the pleasure of having one in any of my rentals yet. If you're in the same boat as me, there are ways you can kind of recreate the feel of at least a place you can get away to (even without the clawfoot tub). First, use oversized shower curtains to create a curtain on either side of the tub to disguise your tub's shape, or use design elements or plants to hide the fact that it lacks those clawfeet.

Consider doing something creative to the exterior of the tub to make the surface more interesting even if it lacks those sweet clawfeet. Find a cool light fixture from a vintage store and hang from the ceiling, even if you don't light it up. And really focus on the spa part of your bathroom, making it feel like a place you want to escape to. It won't make your tub magically grow clawfeet, but it'll make your bathroom nicer.

A killer first impression

Always dreaming of a front door, walkway, porch or patio that wows from the street? That greets guests (and maybe makes them a little jealous?). You could do a major renovation of your exterior, or you could just make small, meaningful changes with a little paint, a few plants and some elbow grease. Need inspiration? This charming patio got a mini makeover for a huge visual difference for only $15! → Before & After: A Porch Gets a $15 Painted, Patterned Facelift

Quirky, one-of-a-kind features

The folks who find homes with quirky, one-of-a-kind features are so lucky! They have built-in personality from the get-go. But just because your home's bones are a little plain to begin with doesn't mean you can't add your own quirk. Paint's the fastest way to do it, whether on a wall, ceiling or furniture piece. But look out for DIY projects of small odd things that can make your home stand-out, like take for instance, a hanging table. Spotted on Urban Outfitters but unfortunately not available anymore.

Big windows and lots of natural light

Save for perhaps vampires, most of us dream of having a home flooded with natural light from huge windows. So what do you do if your current home's windows are lacking in size? First of all, leave off the window treatments so you maximize what light you do have. Then go mirror/reflective surface crazy, both on the wall directly facing your window and on the sides as well.

Then, and here's the kicker: splurge on a really oversized set of plants. Since plants need light to live, adding dramatically big ones in your space will help give the impression you've got a lot of light. Lastly, don't let there be too many dark corners in a room — add in artificial lighting (even if the color is warmer than what's coming in through your windows) and you'll give the impression of more light in your space (because, well, there will be). Seen on My Scandinavian Home.

(Image credit: Refinery 29)

Rad built-ins

Choose a corner of a favorite room and add a bookshelf, but disguise it a bit by painting it the same color as your wall color. Then arrange artfully a curated corner of items around it so that it feels like a part of that composition. Bring in a chair for sitting, some design accessories — make it all feel connected. Or use bookshelves with a perfect fit along a wall that makes it look like it came with the house. It won't make anyone say "whoa, great built-ins!" but snug fits and a curated composition might help you fake the feel. Spotted on Refinery 29.

(Image credit: Design*Sponge)

A peaceful, simple farmhouse feel

Wish you lived in a peaceful, serene farmhouse somewhere in the country? You and me both. But if you don't actually live in a "real" farmhouse, going full country style in say, an urban apartment, can feel a little disingenuous. So instead go minimal, choosing farm-y feeling things in a smart way. A cheery metal-frame bed, and rustic side chair and a set of sweet floral curtains will go farther than a kitchen full of chicken decor and punched tin, even if that's the direction your heart leans in. Seen on Design*Sponge.

A killer art collection

If you haven't started yet, begin collecting today. In a year you'll at least have a year's worth of great art finds! But in the meantime get yourself to a thrift store on a regular basis to collect weird art and frames you can DIY. Anything can make for cool art if it's got meaning to you. And a wall full of weird thrift store finds can seem powerful when used in multiples. Spotted on Domaine.

What are some dream features you drool over that you want in a future home, but that you don't have in your current home?!

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