How to Add Character to Your New Build

If you’ve just bought a brand new, never lived in house and you love it, but you’ve noticed that it’s feeling a little bit, err, brand new, don’t worry because turning a new build from a house into a home is actually pretty simple.

Here are some easy things you can do to add character to your new build:

Add Some Vintage Accessories

New homes can easily be made to look like more lived-in places by simply adding a few vintage pieces that are more commonly found in older, more established homes. Things like vintage armoires, ottomans, and even little vintage knick-knacks will make a huge difference, especially if you choose colourful pieces, which will really stand out.

Add Some Patterns

A lot of new houses are decorated in plain, neutral colours so that buyers can put their own stamp on their new homes, but unless you’re a minimalist, neutral tones can be a bit boring. Still, it seems a shame to totally transform the décor when your new house has only just been decorated to such a high standard. Thankfully, you don’t have to, because adding a few patterns in the form of geometric print curtains, chequered flooring, and floral sheets will elevate the rooms and make your new build feel like it’s been around for decades, except it’ll be better because it’s cleaner and newer.


Build Some Bookshelves

Adding bookshelves to your new build home will instantly transform any room, especially the living or dining room into a space with lots of personality and warmth. Bookshelves are also a great way to decorate a room temporarily because book spines are pretty colourful, especially when you arrange them into interesting patterns.

Fill with Fabrics

Filling your home with lots of different fabrics in a variety of colours and textures will make it feel a lot cosier and the cosier a home is, the more lived in and homely it will feel.

Hang lots of Pictures

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Adding personal pictures to a new build home will really make it feel like a home if nothing else does. Those blank walls will be transformed into a canvas of memories; they will be filled with pictures of your loved ones, and they will make you smile every time you look up at them.

Add Feature Walls

You might not want to completely redecorate a new build, which has been lovingly decorated not too long ago, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make a few little changes to make the place feel more like home. The best way to do this, for many families, is by adding a feature wall to every room. It won’t take you very long to wallpaper or paint one wall in each room in a new colour or style, but it will help to stop the room from feeling quite so ‘box fresh’ if that’s what you’re after. So, head to your local DIY shop, let everyone pick out a vibrant colour or pretty pattern for their room and start transforming your space today.

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