Making your brand new home feel more like a home and less like a white shoebox is actually not that hard! One of the main draws to buying a brand new house is that you begin with a totally blank canvas to work with, making interior décor that bit more simple. At least you won’t be peeling back decades old wallpaper and outdated styles from yesteryear…
The first thing to do is choose a nice colour scheme that you like. Don’t always go with what is trendy at the time, as trends can pass and fade. Stick with things you genuinely love, as you will be looking at it over the next few years! Start with one or two colours, and build out from there. A good neutral plus an accent shade can make a big difference to the stylish look of your home. Lots of people like to pair grey with a brighter colour or two. You could pick out an accent within soft furnishings, wallpaper or artworks.
A great way to bring cosiness to your home is to use plenty of soft accessories such as blankets, throws, rugs and cushions. In the living room, choose to pile your sofa with lots of lovely soft accents which will fill out the room and bring lots of warmth. New build homes often feel fairly clinical at first as they are generally very square and boring to begin with.
Lighting is essential for the cosy factor of your home. Most new builds are built with either low energy spotlights, or a single bulb in the middle of the room. You can instantly make the room feel more glamourous and cosier with subtle lamps and candles. The warm light from a flame can make the room seem so much nicer! Lamps can come in a range of colours and the shades can add to your colour scheme significantly. Try placing different sized lamps together on a table or side console and try moving them around the room to see how they make it feel.
In the bedroom, having a cosy bed is important so you can enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Getting the best mattress and duvet you can afford will certainly help in this department. We spend a third of our lives in bed, so it definitely pays to get the best here! Depending on the climate where you live, you may need a thicker or thinner duvet. The most luxurious ones are filled with down and feather, though this can pose an allergy risk for some. Try to go to a showroom where you can try out different beds and duvets before choosing – it can make a world of difference!
Finally, bring some character and life into your new home with accessories! Artwork, ornaments, and plants can create a lovely environment that you want to spend time in. Plants can help to cleanse the air and add a natural feel to your home. You can find plenty of easy to care for indoor plants which are hard to kill off. Succulents are great for newbies, as they don’t require a huge amount of attention. Cacti and terrariums are also a popular choice.