After being cooped up at home for a while, many of us have come to understand the significance of having a living space that we genuinely enjoy.

The good news is that you don’t need to be a design expert to create a space that evokes emotions.

Make Your Home Sentimental

Making your home decor more sentimental should reflect your personal journey, emotions, and connections. Here are five ways to make your home decor resonate with sentimentality:

Display Personal Photos and Artwork

Let’s face it: we all love a good throwback photo or a piece of art that speaks to our soul. The best thing to do? Showcase them. Design a wall gallery or scatter-framed pictures around your home. Frame and hang family portraits in places that will capture attention, like the living room or hallway.

Create a travel wall featuring photos or art from places you’ve visited. Add some small plaques or labels describing the significance of each location. Better yet, you can feature your child’s artwork in attractive frames or make it part of a larger art wall.

Use Keepsakes as Decor

Forget generic trinkets. Incorporate family heirlooms like antique furniture, clocks, or quilts into your decor. Display your collections. It doesn’t matter if they’re vintage books or ceramic pieces. What’s important is that they hold a special meaning for you. Place memorabilia like concert tickets, special letters, or tokens from important life events in shadow boxes.


These are the items that have a backstory and personal meaning. Feature them prominently on bookshelves, coffee tables, or as a part of your dining table centerpiece. This will add a layer of unique storytelling to your decor.

Create a Memory Corner

Do you have a bunch of memorable items that you’re not sure what to do with? How about dedicating a corner of your home to them?

Dedicate a corner or a shelf to a particular theme or period in your life, like your college years, a memorable trip, or your wedding. Attach a birth month flowers chart and paste dried petals. Add a chalkboard or a corkboard where family members can write notes, attach photos, or pin items that bring back fond memories.

Incorporate Handmade Items

Nothing screams sentimental like something you or a loved one made by hand. It could be a piece of pottery or even a simple sketch. These handmade items infuse your space with warmth and personality.

Engage in DIY projects that let you embed personal stories or messages into the decor. Do personalized cushions, hand-painted signs, or photo coasters. Display handmade gifts you’ve received, especially those that took time and thoughtfulness to create.

Add Personal Narratives

Words have power. More so, the ones that impact you. Attach small, discreet tags or labels to decor items that narrate the significance of the item, where you got it, or why it’s special to you.


For a modern twist, use QR codes next to certain items. Scanning the code could link to an audio clip of you or a loved one telling the story behind the item.

Key Takeaways

Revamping your home decor to make it more sentimental is a fulfilling project that can make your living spaces feel even more like home. And you don’t need a complete makeover to achieve it.

  • Let your walls tell your story by displaying personal photos and knick-knacks.
  • Repurpose meaningful trinkets as unique decor items.
  • Create a memory corner by dedicating a space for nostalgia.
  • Handcrafted items bring a sense of authenticity and warmth.
  • Spice up your home with meaningful words or phrases.