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New-Build Homes: How to Add Character

On paper, it sounds fantastic. You are moving into a completely new home, which nobody (other than the contractors) have stepped in before.

Unfortunately, new-builds aren’t perfect. However, today’s article isn’t going to focus on the defects which seem to be becoming more and more apparent. Instead, it’s going to take a look at an issue that most new-build owners don’t discover until they move into the property; these houses don’t have character.

When you are taken around the show-home, it’s in pristine condition and seems like the perfect environment to move into. Then, when the move is complete, you’re left with the magnolia walls and the rest of the neutral deco. The result? Your new home lacks any sort of real character.

We will now take a look at some of the points that you can look to implement in a bid to inject a bit of character into your new-build home.

Become an art enthusiast


OK, this first heading might be an exaggeration, but one of the first things that you can do is to buy artwork or even canvases to place on the walls. This will immediately bring some of your own personality into your home although there is a word of caution. A lot of the internal walls you will be hammering into are probably of the basic stud variety, so make sure that you use the correct fittings so you avoid having to make any Riverside drywall repair calls later down the line!

Soft furnishings can work a treat

Whether it is blinds or curtains, save some budget for soft furnishings. One of the great benefits of having a neutral deco scheme is that you can really go to town with the rest of your decorations, meaning that you don’t have to become overly concerned with the colours and textures of your soft furnishings. In other words, let your personality run wild, and you’ll start to see that your new-build feels like your new-home.

Go bold with the lighting


One of the most common tactics by a lot of new-build developers is to install umpteen down-lighters in every single room. Sure, it looks photogenic, but in terms of looking like a “real” home it doesn’t really tick many boxes.

This is again where you need to let your imagination run wild. Large central pendants are an easy way to achieve this, while also consider floor and table lamps which can work just as well. In short, don’t just rely on those down-lighters, as they just scream new-build to everyone who walks in.

You don’t have to have magnolia

Last but not least, we’ve mentioned the dreaded M-word a lot through today’s article, but just because the paint is still wet it doesn’t mean to say that you have to keep your magnolia walls.

On the contrary, this should be one of the first things that you tackle and it can really set the stage for the rest of the changes you are planning to make in a bid to bring a bit of character in.

We’re not going to make any direct colour recommendations here; this is down to your own style. The point we are trying to make is that you don’t have to keep the same deco just because it’s new.

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