There are many advantages to buying a new build home. It is yours from scratch, and everything will work with no problems at all. But, there is one major issue with new builds that a lot of people struggle with. Developers seem to be in the habit of making homes with very few features these days. And, it can lead to generic blandness – the ultimate enemy of the home designer! The good news is there are a few things you can do – and in this quick guide, I’m going to reveal some of the best ideas.
Get involved at an early stage
First of all, make sure that you choose a new build that hasn’t been finished yet. You will get a lot more say on the flooring, cabinets, and basic decorations if you get involved early. And, if you want to save some money at a later date, it’s better to seal the deal beforehand if you can.
Bide your time
You need to leave any major overhauls for a while when you first move in, depending on how long the building has been finished. The new building takes a time to settle, as the materials get used to their new environment. There will be a little movement here and there, which is entirely normal. But, if you splash out on major decoration changes, you might have a few problems. Cracks tend to appear as the building settles, so you will end up wasting your money. Wait for a year or so, and keep an eye on the cracks. You can fill them in quickly enough before you get started decorating and making improvements.
Find a feature
Now, one of the biggest issues you will face in a new build is finding an element to be the focus of your decorating. If you haven’t had any input in the fixtures and fittings, you might find yourself with standard equipment, and cookie-cutter design. So, the obvious answer would be to make your own. Perhaps you could hire a building company to come in and add a welcoming alcove, or create a bespoke unit set into the walls. Obviously, this will come at a cost, so if budget is a concern, try something cheaper. Separate long rooms with bookcases or fabric screens. Even the right selection of furniture can help. Try offsetting the modernity of your new build by concentrating on older chairs, sofas, and cabinets.
Make it yours
The main thing is, of course, to make the space your own. While the walls and rooms won’t be sparkling with personality when you move in, it won’t take much to start making a difference. The right colour schemes and surrounding yourself with those things that you love will give you an instant lift. Lighting can make a dramatic impact, too, so concentrate on buying a variety of lamps and spotlights. Then, you can highlight your favourite parts of the room with ease.
OK, so a few tips to get you started with decorating your new build property. It might feel a little dull at first, but you will be able to stamp your personality on your new home in no time.