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8 Ways To Add Character To A New Build Home
You’ve saved that whopping deposit, battled with estate agents, signed all the legal agreements, and now that shiny new home is finally yours. One of the best things about becoming a homeowner is the chance to really put your own stamp on a place, and give it the unique look you’ve always dreamed of.

However, it can sometimes feel like a real challenge to make your personality shine through in a place that was designed and built to look like every other house on a brand-new estate. If the imagination of the property developers doesn’t stretch beyond four magnolia walls in every room, take a look at our favourite ways to really style things up and add character to a new build home.

Create an Urban Jungle


Add character to new build homes by adding plants

Agonda Jute Plant Basket - £48


Perhaps the simplest, yet most effective way to make an impact on your home style, plants are your best friend when it comes to adding that extra appeal to each room. The indoor plants of the moment are undoubtedly the wide range of succulent and cacti species, which you can pick up from your local flower market or garden centre for only a few pounds.

Don't overlook the allure of eye-catching snake plants, yucca trees, and the Monstera – perhaps IKEA’s most famous houseplant! Not only is an abundance of interior greenery highly Instagramable, but houseplants are actually beneficial to your health too, improving the general air quality around your home.

Never overlook the importance of stylish planters and pots to holster your treasured botanicals. Whether it be Jute and hessian baskets, minimalistic concrete pots or ceramics, each offer their own unique styling attributes.

Fix Up Your Fixtures

add personality to a home with brushed fittings

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference. Replacing the standard handles, switches and sockets that come readily supplied with your home for a rather more refined look, will instantly add the class you never knew you needed to your home.

Spend a few hours trawling the web, and we promise you’ll be spoilt for choice with all manner of brushed brass, matte black or sleek chrome options for your new fixtures and fittings. The polished metal featured above just screams sophistication and conveys the subtle personality that your new build home deserves.

Follow the Trend


Herning Wall Mirror

Herning Black Mirror With Shelf - £115


Current interior trends are accommodating enough to let new build homeowners jump on board the latest style craze, without overlooking its suitability for the age of your home. Experimenting with a few well-placed industrial pieces, such as metal frame mirrors or wood and metal frame bar stools is a great way to go. Similarly, experimenting with the Scandi minimalist look will add instant flair to a room, whilst not being too overstated.

 Picture Perfect


Gallery walls add character to new build homes

image credit - | @kos.home (instagram)

White walls don’t have to look washed out – dress up the boring beige with a few quirky prints to really liven up bland areas. Even better, why not fully invest in sprucing up your space by attempting a gallery wall, like the one in this stunning collection of prints above?

New build homes offer the perfect blank canvas to work with, and whether it’s motivational quotes, expressive graphical design, or vintage travel posters, you can be sure to inject a dash of personality onto the walls and really let your individual home style come alive through the art pieces you choose to display around your home.

Sass Up Your Ceiling


Ceiling rose

image credit - 47 park avenue
This one will require a little extra time and effort, but the results are guaranteed to be totally stunning. If you want to truly add character to a new build home, you can make a ceiling rose the real focal point of your favourite room in the house.

We think ceiling roses look best in a living or dining area, where you can really show them off to your guests. There are various tutorials available across the web on how to do this properly, and a quick search of YouTube will present you with a few straightforward videos to follow before you try it for yourself.

Once the ceiling rose has been installed, why not take styling your home that one step further, and paint your ceiling a fresh new shade too? We love the elegant Dimpse from Farrow & Ball, a modern grey tone, which gives your ceiling a clean and delicate finish.

Light It Up

 Cage pendant Light

Nier Cage Pendant Light - £55


We couldn’t mention ceiling style without focusing on the real star of the show: the lights. Your lighting choices will either create a real centrepiece for your ceiling or boast class when hung over breakfast bars, but ultimately add an effortless warmth to every room.

Concrete pendants are a great way to add an industrial edge whilst hanging glass pendant lights are a classy alternative, offering a more minimalistic and elegant approach.

Strategically placed floor and table lamps are also a great way to bring personality to a new home, so now’s the time to get started on building your collection.

Block Colour Furniture

Image credit - Rose & Grey 

As far as home ideas go, what could be more visually striking than a vivid assortment of furniture? Create an eye-catching corner in your home using of-the-moment colours to brighten up your stuff. If your home has a distinct air of beige to it, no problem. Adding a bold colour piece only emphasises the look further to really hit home that sense of style and personality. 

Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise

Concrete Wall Clock

Mono Concrete Wall Clock - £65


Finding the balance between decorative pieces and clutter can sometimes be tricky, but we think when it comes to adding personality to a new build home it’s all about quality over quantity. Start with a few key pieces that really stand out from the crowd, and let your quirky home accessories speak for themselves.

You can never go wrong with a sleek and elegant concrete hanging wall clock to inject an urban edge to your space. Geometric rugs are another firm favourite of ours, offering intricate detail and eye-catching design to jazz up the usually bland flooring of new build homes. Finish off with a few candles dotted around your home, to really create a cosy atmosphere for relaxing in the evenings.

So there you have it, our top picks to add character to your new build home. Experiment with colours, textures and fittings and don't be afraid to go bold!


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