Adding Character to a New Build Home

There's a lot to love about new homes. You're the first owner, you get to choose the fixtures and finishes and have the chance to tailor fit your home to your family. But you're often lacking the character and charm that older homes seem to be oozing. So what can you do to add some character to your newer home? I've got five ideas you can easily implement.

Use Antiques

Adding antiques adds instant charm to any space.  They can be used as storage, reworked into bathroom vanities, as accessories or even artwork. And their natural patina can help add some warmth to the newness around them.


Custom Lighting

While most builders will offer some basic lighting options, this is one area I'd urge you to consider customizing. Kitchen pendants above an island, chandelier, entry way lights or even bathroom lighting are all chances to make a statement and add some personality to your space. 


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Custom Colors

It's easiest for the builder to have the entire house painted one, maybe two colors total. But we all know the transforming power of paint! Paint is inexpensive and offers instant gratification in terms of changing of a room the fastest. In the very least consider painting your front door a color that's both welcoming and fun!


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Beef Up Your Trim

Standard baseboard trim measures about 3 inches, but adding beefier trim instantly screams upgraded! Thicker trim adds interest to your doors, windows and baseboards and will help give your home a classic, timeless look.


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Wood, Wood and More Wood

Lastly, an oldie but a goodie. Try and incorporate more wood into your space, especially through wood ceiling beams or a fireplace mantel. Beams have come a long way and you now have so many options from reclaimed wood to super lightweight options that can even fit over existing ceiling beams. And a new mantel can really highlight a fireplace and become a beautiful focal point.