Ahhhh….white walls. Another base house, ready to welcome us to our new duty station. Except now I’ve got to spruce the place up.
Luckily, I’ve got a whole host of incredible inspiration from White Walls, a Facebook group for military spouses, and my 10+ years as a military spouse.
6 Fave Base Housing Decor Hacks
So base housing is pretty basic: white walls, plain floors, regular windows. Basic.
And, in some cases, there’s not much you can do to change things around. Painting walls isn’t always allowed.
But you can use these quick and easy decor hacks to make your base house into a home.
Put Some Words On It
One quick and easy way to add personality is to add wall decals. I love these! My husband might say I go overboard, but that’s never bothered me.
Plus, you can put wall decals everywhere. In our homes over the years, we’ve had quotes in bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens.
Add a Pop of Color to the Windows
It’s so tempting to keep curtains plain and neutral, but why not go for a little color instead?
Curtains are such a fun way to bring a room to life.
My kids love adding curtains with their favorite characters, like Frozen or Thomas the Train. In our kitchen, we have a cute little valance from Okinawa.
Put Plants Everywhere
Nothing breathes life into a home more than plants! Put them in every single room.
Succulents in the bathrooms, flowers on the dining table and herbs in the kitchen.
Add a Coffee Station
Every house has space for a coffee pot. Level it up by displaying some of your favorite mugs, too!
One of our favorite things is collecting coffee cups from all the places we’ve traveled over the years. Now we feature them as part of our home’s decor!
In pre-pandemic days, it was always a cool conversation starter. Coffee mugs: useful and pretty!
Create Display Spaces
Shelves are, like coffee mugs, pretty and useful. Military housing never has the same configuration of shelving or storage. It’s a rule or something.
Which means that you can add bookshelves and corner shelves and floating shelves and coffee station shelves.
Shelving is the ideal way to show off some personality in a way that doesn’t mess up the gleaming white walls of your base house.
Show Off Your Artsy Side
Art, photos, kid’s drawings, whatever. Put it up on your walls.
Nothing distracts from plain walls like colorful art! Add pretty frames for even more personality.