While building a home has some major pluses, there is a downside. Often, new construction lacks the character of an older house, thanks to cookie-cutter elements and a lack of personal details. Thankfully, your new home is a blank slate with lots of design potential. You just need to know where to start. Here, we’ll discuss five easy ways to add character to a new home, from finding the perfect lighting fixtures to choosing cabinets with charm.
The right lighting fixture can add a touch of style and ambiance to your space. Whether it’s a chandelier in the dining room, a pair of table lamps in the TV room, or pendant lights over a kitchen island, don’t let this golden opportunity go to waste. Lighting sets the tone in a room, so swap out basic, builder fixtures for something special. And consider the simple addition of puck lights under kitchen cabinets to highlight your countertops!
Naked windows are boring, and lack privacy. And while some new homes include blinds, they tend to be lackluster. If you want to add character to your new home, why not dress your windows up with beautiful drapes or valances? Hang draperies higher than the tops of your windows to give the illusion of a taller ceiling. Plantation shutters and Roman shades are also classic choices for their unique beauty and simplicity, and are great alternatives to basic blinds.
It’s the little things that count, so accent your new home with architectural details such as hardwood floors, crown molding, cornices, and custom wainscoting or wall treatments. One of the benefits of building a home from scratch is the ability to have a choice in flooring, cabinetry, and other important elements. When choosing cabinets, opt for accessories like posts, corbels and columns, or glass panel doors, for extra charm.
While your home may be new, your furniture doesn’t have to be. Instead of buying out the local furniture store, fill your home with furniture finds that have meaning to you personally — for example, the antique table with Queen Anne legs passed down from you Grandmother, or the vintage, mid-century modern chair you purchased from a boutique while on vacation. Filling a home with character takes time so don’t rush it.
Older homes haves mature trees and landscaping that is difficult to replicate in a new neighborhood. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Spend a few more pennies on larger plants with more growth. It’s well worth the added expense for the curb appeal your garden will offer. Choose a tasteful color and wreath for your front door, and lovely additions to your porch, like potted plants, a metal bench or swing, and outdoor pillows. And don’t forget the welcome mat!
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