5 ways to easily infuse personality into your new home.
You’ve built your dream home. It’s fresh, clean and never lived in. But that can also mean it might feel a little . . . cold. And not quite “home” just yet.
And you finally have all the rooms, areas and modern conveniences you complained about not having in the ‘lived-in’ homes of the past. You chose your flooring, bathroom tiles, appliances and wall colors and wallpapers. Moldings, window sizes and styles, ceilings, doors and even the hardware on drawers, handles and in your bathrooms and kitchen – these all lend to the character of your home and your personal flair.
But you still haven’t really put your stamp on this new home – and you’re not quite sure where to start, or what to choose in this era of limitless choices, styles and trends.
1. MOODBOARDS + PLANNING.
Create that moodboard on Pinterest and start planning and visualizing your home, as a whole, and as individual rooms. While each room can have it’s own style and feel, you also don’t want a home that creates a feeling of confusion or disarray.
Make a plan. Try to keep colors in the same family and spectrum. Grab paint samples, fabric swatches.
2. DRESS YOUR WINDOWS.
This may or may not be on the top of your list for interior styling decisions, but it’s a relatively easy place to start given that installing some sort of window covering is more of a requirement than purely a design choice. . . (hello neighbors!) Simple roller blinds can come in a variety of colors and fabrics – and plantation shutters are a trending (but classic) choice that will never tire.
3. DRESS YOUR WALLS.
The brilliant thing about wall style is that with paint, you can pretty easily change your mind and create a new look with a new color or painting trends like those featured in our blog here (half walls, color drench etc).
Wallpaper can add more obvious personality to a room with the incredible variety now available, from the muted to the outlandish. Pop over to our blog on the best wallpaper trends to see what’s what.
4. DRESS YOUR FLOORS.
You may have spent a great deal of time deciding the flooring for each room – brushed concrete, easy-care laminate, stunning wood floors that with the slightest change create a completely different mood, and tiling in kitchens or bathrooms.
But on top of these delicately chosen floors, you can place rugs large or small, for show or for specific use. And if you thought wallpaper options were endless, just hop on over to any rug retailer online and you’ll be amazed the colors, patterns, materials and sizes ready to join your home.
5. IN WITH THE OLD – OUT WITH THE NEW.
Just because your home is brand new, doesn’t mean the all of the items you fill it with must be as well. Opt for antique and second-hand stores as well as flea markets and even a well-placed garage or estate sale. Grabbing specific pieces – from mirrors, to interesting chairs and desks, and one of a kind artwork – will create a far warmer and lived-in feel than the pieces straight from the warehouse showroom that still smell like the factory they came from.
Re-using or re-purposing older furniture and home goods isn’t just a rewarding project that you’ll remember each day, but a great way to contribute to living a greener more sustainable life.