Knowing how to add character to a new build can be really tricky. However, it's important to know that this blank canvas gives you the perfect opportunity to fill your new home with unique quirks. In this blog, we'll be giving our top tips to help you find out how to decorate a new build and have it bursting with character.
Start with the Walls
The easiest and cheapest way to add character to a new build is to start with the walls. There's a lot to think about, so you need to be clear of your theme. Do you want a modern feel? Then it's best to keep it neutral and light so you can add feature pieces. If you prefer a cosy feel, then perhaps warmer browns and purples are for you. Always be sure to link your wall colour to your furniture so your entire space looks in sync.
You'll also have to think about whether you want painted walls or wallpaper. Painted walls are generally block colours, and everyone knows some funky wallpaper can really add that special something to a room. Maybe the next tip might shed some light on the decision…
What About Feature Walls?
In a new home, a singular feature wall can be a great way to liven up the whole room, without spending a fortune on wallpapering each wall. Feature walls can place focus onto an area of the room you wish to highlight and can look perfect behind a bed headboard or in the living room.
Making sure that your feature walls has the right texture is key! Wooden, concrete, brick and marble walls liven up a room, even in limited spaces. Clean-cut wood and marble can make a room look high-end and elegant, and concrete and exposed bricks can give the space a bit of an edgy, industrial feel.
Invest in Furniture
It cannot be stressed enough how important furniture is to create a home full of character. Even in a modern space, the new trend is antique furniture to add a homely feel, such as period wardrobes and tables. However, this look is not for everyone as you may be more inclined to purchase an aesthetic glass table or spotlights for a modern feel. Remember, for a modern style, less is more and open space is key.
Also, as you settle in a new build, you need to be efficient with space. Under bed storage or above wardrobe storage baskets can be essential for storage in small spaces without the need for huge drawers that take up your much-needed space.
Get Into Art
Artwork can be a great way to add character and brighten up an otherwise plain room. Artwork can either complement a theme or be the centre of attention - meaning you need to really love it before you buy it.
Artwork isn't just paintings, either! Personal pictures around the house can add a homely feel and can look great on big canvases on the walls or in frames to add smaller finishing details. Small sculptures can look great on a mantlepiece or coffee table, or larger sculptures can work in the corner of a room.
Never Overlook the Floors
The impact that the floors have upon the feel of a room has to be taken into account too. Whether you decide on a hard floor or carpet, a rug can be a great way to add character to a home with little effort.
At Rug Traders, we have an extensive range of rugs inspired by visits across the world. Our rugs range from traditional to modern, from shaggy to sheepskin materials - we're sure you'll find the perfect rug you're looking for to add character to your new home.