The Quirky House

by Rachel Laurendeau on December 21, 2012

According to the Urban Dictionary, something quirky is “different…in a good way…” or “something that is strange/not normal but cool” and “unconventional, surprising, odd.” A slightly more orthodox source, the Oxford Dictionaries, defines it as “having or characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits or aspects.” When we apply these definitions to our homes, we are basically referring to traits either in their architecture, design or decorating that are out of the ordinary or unexpected which make them stand out as a little bit different.

For each person and each home, quirkiness will be a bit different. Essentially, you want to stay away from “builder beige” and the trend of the day. Here are some of my favorite examples:
• One of my friends has an orange mid-century modern chair in an awkward little alcove on the second story of her wartime house.
• Another person I know who is very eco-conscious used green glass bottles in her bathroom remodeling project to build a wall between her ensuite and dressing room, giving it an odd glow when the sun shines through.
• Personally, I have a great collection of head shaped vases and planters with one of the glass ones even doubling as fishbowl.
• And, one of my top picks is this Alice In Wonderland doorknob that I stumbled across recently. What a great addition it would make to a kid’s room, or any room, for that matter.

I’m just giving you examples of things that have stood out for me. The thing about quirkiness is that you can’t try too hard or it just feels too calculated. And what might seem perfectly normal in one home (orange armchair, for example) might feel completely unconventional elsewhere. So keep your eyes open and pick items or designs that jump out and speak to you. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find a perfect little piece of art to put in your sloped-ceiling bathroom that will make you giggle every time you look at it.

Thinking about home improvements to help bring out your house’s inner quirkiness? Talk to your local home remodeling expert or designer.

What sorts of quirky touches have you added to your home? Have you seen any quirky homes that you’d like to tell us about? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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