Newly-built homes can have many benefits over older homes such as being more energy-efficient and cheaper to maintain. However, one of their biggest drawbacks is often a lack of character. Newer properties may be built to look identical to other properties in the area. They have no historical features and are typically painted with neutral colors. This can make them come across as a little cold and dull. Fortunately however, it is possible to add character to a new home. Below are just a few ways to give your new home more of a unique personality.
Customize your home as you build it
When hiring a house builder, you’ll likely be able to customize your home as you build it. This could allow you to add unique features that make your home feel less like a template home. If you’re buying a new home that’s already been built, you won’t have this option. This is why it’s good to find out about developments early as you then have more chance of being able to customize your home.
Add history in the form of furniture and ornaments
History can help to tell a tale, which in turn gives a building character. A new home may not have much history within its walls, but you can always add history in the form of antique furniture or ornaments. Something such as an antique dining table or old painting could be great for giving a room character. You probably don’t want to add too many antiques to a new property as they may look out of place. However, one or two historic objects can be great for making a statement.
Experiment with colors and patterns
New homes are typically decorated using neutral colors and ‘safe’ patterns to appeal to as many buyers as possible. Consider experimenting with different colors and patterns that are more unique – these will give your home that character that it may be missing. This could include adding bold colors like bright red or lime green, or using unusual wallpaper patterns or decorative tiles. Because these features tend to be more controversial, they may affect the resale value of your home, so bear this in mind – if you plan to sell your home in the near future, you may want to keep the décor fairly safe and neutral.
Make your home feel lived-in by displaying memories and achievements
New homes sometimes lack character because they don’t feel ‘lived-in’ yet. Personal objects that tell a story can help to make a home feel lived-in. Memories such as photographs and souvenirs are a great example of this – they can serve as conversation starters for guests and can remind you of happy times in your life. You can also display trophies and certificates for a similar impact. Objects related to personal interests can also help to make your home feel lived-in and may provide character – this could include handcrafted items, musical instruments, collections of books, posters and other items that build up a unique picture of who you are.