How to add character to a new-build home

By on 10th August in Home Inspiration

Asides being modern, efficient and practical, there are several other benefits of new-build homes. You can move in almost immediately and there is no need to spend time and money on countless up-cycling projects.

However, there is one downside to new builds for those who favour characteristic homes that convey your personality. They are blank canvases, and a good blank canvas is always…blank.

However, where there is a will, there is a way. With some design know-how and a bit of imagination you can transform that blandness into character.

Check out the following ways you can add character to a new-build home: 

Hallway with moulding; a great way to add moulding to your home. Find more ways here
Add molding

Adding molding will add a lot of architectural charm and texture to all ‘blank’ walls that can be found in so many new-builds. There are many different types of molding: crown, wainscoting, chair rail, planked, coffered, board & batten, etc. Think about adding molding around your windows, skirting boards, and even creating a panneling effect on your walls.

Purchase vintage furniturebring vintage furniture in to a new build home to add character. Learn more at Good to be Home

A simple way to make a statement in a room is adding vintage furniture. It helps to create a lived-in look. Pieces such as this sideboard (to the left) add a classic look to your new-build home, instantly.

Instead of buying everything new, if you want to add character it’s best to look for vintage items. Try your nearest auction and unique shops where you might find a nice piece of stunning furniture at a bargain.

Bring in shabby chicHow to add character to your home with shabby chic. Learn more at Good to be Home

Ideal for bedrooms to help create a luxurious atmosphere, a shabby chic interior helps to transform a room from bland to quirky and characterful.  You can up-cycle your existing furniture – all you need is some sandpaper, varnish remover and high quality paint.

vintage bookshelf to add character. Learn more at Good to be Home

Make a statement with bookshelves

Add warmth and personality to your home with the use of a book case. It helps to make your home looked lived in and loved.

Don’t worry if you don’t have enough books to fill it. You can add character by filling the space with ornaments and personal treasures that describe your interests and personality.

Be daring with colourAdd character to your home with colour. Learn more at Good to be Home

Be daring with colour as it helps you to bring your personality out in your home. Quirky accessories, craftsmade cushions, patterned rugs in vibrant colouring will help you to add character and add a cheerful vibe to the room.

Barn doorsSliding farm doors are a great way to add character to a new build. Learn more at Good to be Home

Barn doors can transform any space to add character to your new build. The stylish doors can be made from a wide range of materials, depending on the look you are going for. If you love the look of the barn door but want something a little more luxurious looking, consider adding a mirrored surface to make even more unique feature.

Try these techniques and you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of a new property, as well as an interior brimming with character. 

Do you have tips of your own? Let us know in the comments.