Giving your new build some love and care!
LET US BEGIN.....
There are so many things to love about new builds; everything feels clean and fresh and you don’t have to worry about any hidden surprises! Having so many blank canvasses to fill can feel overwhelming however and since you often can’t paint or wallpaper until a year after the property has been built, we thought we’d give you 5 tips on how to make it feel like home faster.
START WITH ONE SPACE
With so many rooms to decorate it’s important to remember not to rush. Think about which room you will be spending the most time in and design that one first. Once the first room has been completed it will give you the motivation you need to start on the next. Remember creating your dream home takes time – enjoy your new space when you first move in.
ACCESORISE, CUSTOMISE AND MAKE IT RIGHT
If you are unable to add paint or wallpaper to a space, cushions, rugs, throws and other accessories can be a great way to add some colour and pattern to a space. Once you’ve invested in accessories you love, you can think about what colour you may want on the walls once the time comes to paint. If the walls are still feeling blank consider adding a shelving unit to break it up. This allows you to add colour and interest without putting holes in the walls to hang things you may want to remove once your space is painted!
SWAP OUT EXISTING HARDWARE, BRASSWARE, LIGHT FIXTURES
Some new builds allow you to select new fixtures and fittings before you buy, but if this isn’t the case changing out the door handles or light fixtures to reflect your own style can make a huge difference. Consider adding statement lighting to the kitchen and living room, or opt for silver door handles instead of brass. These small changes can make a space feel like your own.
INVEST IN CURTAINS AND BLINDS
Privacy may be particularly important in a new build, especially if work is still being done around the area and workmen are walking about. Blinds offer a contemporary balance between privacy and allowing light into the space. Alternatively, curtains can be a relatively inexpensive way to add colour and texture to a space making it feel warmer.
SELECT A NEUTRAL COLOUR SCHEME
If you are unable to paint straightaway the chances are the walls will be white, grey or cream. Choose to work with what you have and select a neutral colour scheme, perhaps integrating metals or strong textures such as velvet or sheepskin. Introduce secondary colours such as pinks, sage green or dove grey to brighten up the space whilst still working with the existing paint on the walls. A quick search on Pinterest will provide you with an endless amount of inspiration for your colour palette.