Just My Type: 10 Ways to Incorporate Text Into Your Home Decor

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It’s said that a picture is worth a 1000 words, but sometimes a great quote used in a visual way can hit the spot. Used in a well-designed space, a textual phrase can add depth and uniformity to a living or working environment, especially if the phrase acts as a motto or mantra. It can also help with the branding of a retail space. Here’s a collection of some of my favorite ways to use text within a space.

  1. Banner. If you don’t want to commit to something more permanent, try a simple wall hanging to express a short phrase. A terse statement = mucho impact.
  2. Ceiling. The text on this ceiling of this space is a great surprise for a place that’s often neglected. The viewer’s eye is directed upwards and can emphasize the size of the room.
  3. Wall. If you want to express a full phrase or mission statement, try a black vinyl quote on a white wall.
  4. Signage. For clear wayfinding, use large graphic numbers in between floors.

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  1. Window treatment. For a sweet expression, DIY a short statement on a window treatment. It’s a fun surprise when you roll the shade down.
  2. Stairwell. A typographer would have a great time designing an expressive wall along a stairwell in various typefaces. It’s fun, graphic, and fresh!
  3. Bedroom. Add text into a bedroom ceiling with a meaningful quote or try adding in the dates of your anniversary.
  4. Throw pillows. Throw pillows with text are a great way to mix it up during the year. It’s non-committal and can be changed with the seasons.

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  1. Song. Add lyrics to a banner and hang it onto a wall. Change it up from time to time.
  2. Marquee. Add various quotes with your own marquee system. It’s a great art statement.

What do you think of adding text into a room? Are you for it?

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.