Five ways to make a new build feel like a home

Posted: 28th Sep 2018

Are you stuck wondering what you can do to make a new-build property feel like a home?

Having a brand-new home or extension is essentially a blank canvas where you can put your own design stamp. The most important thing to do will be remembering to give it that all-important shot of personality - if you're wondering how you can do this, try following these tips from Victoria Harrison, Editor of, which are sure to give your new-build a touch of character.

1. Contrasting is key

A good move is to contrast your furniture with your property, as Sophie van Winden of Owl Design explains. Having a new-build home will tend to have a neutral interior, so mixing and matching it with different styles and ages of furniture will add both warmth and interest. Old or second-hand furniture will also be perfect for family living - it's not too precious.

2. Paint any uninspiring woodwork

If you're looking to keep your rooms light and neutral but are still looking to give your home a unique feel, paint the woodwork. You'd be surprised by the impact painting skirting boards, window frames and banisters can have just by painting them in a bolder shade - it can really give them a new lease of life.

3. Make an entrance

A new build will normally have some very simple features that will appeal to a wide range of tastes. If you want to jazz up your staircase, there's a simple way to do this - either hang some bold wallpaper or add a stair runner.

4. Invest in curtains

Yasmin Chopin, interior designer at Houzz, pinpoints investing in curtains. Having luscious long curtains will give your room a touch of luxury, while buying some custom-made drapes in a fabric you like is sure to give your room a lift - they'll then be a pleasure for you to open each morning.

5. Low ceilings, no problem!

It's typical for new-builds to not really be blessed with the lofty ceilings that older properties boast. If you're hankering after a high-ceiling look, opting for a large patterned or colourful rug gives you the impression that yours looks taller. You can trick the eye further by going for low-slung furniture that will give you the feeling that there's more headroom. Ignore decorative pendants - instead, install discreet flush-mounted lighting that will give your room a sleek and uninterrupted look.

You can visit the DreamHouzz, a pop-up experience set in a Bermondsey warehouse, which has seen Houzz partner with leading interior design studios to address homeowners' and renters' needs and desires. Free to visit, simply visit the DreamHouzz website to find out more.