The deal is closed and you’ve got the keys in hand – congratulations! The next step is to make your new house feel like a home.
A new build is convenient, up-to-date, and squeaky clean. It doesn’t have to lack character, and there are lots of easy ways to quickly give your newly constructed home a lived-in feel.
1. Landscape the Yard
Digging in the dirt of your new home’s front or backyard is a great way to beautify and connect with the property. Plant some fresh flowerbeds, shrubs and herbs to personalize the area while making your home more inviting.
If you don’t have a green thumb, keep it simple with some large potted plants at the front door or on the back porch. Add some patio furniture and you’re well on your way to creating an outdoor social space. “Pinterest and driving around your neighborhood are really good ways to get ideas,” says Kelsey Donahue. “Driving around local neighborhoods to get ideas is a great way to know what plants do well in your area. Colorado can be tricky with gardening.”
2. Display Personal Photos and Art
Instantly add a touch of love to any room by hanging personal photos and artwork on the walls. The family portraits in the hallway will make you smile, while a favorite quote or piece of artwork lets you express yourself in a newly built home.
Better yet, make a focal feature out of a family heirloom or vintage piece of furniture.
3. Customize Small Features
It might be overwhelming to decorate the whole house at once. The good news is a little goes a long way when it comes to customizing your new home. Switch out off-the-shelf features for custom fixtures, shutters, blinds, lighting, cabinets, or doors for a statement-making upgrade.
You can also play around with different finishes. Ty Strugalski, Campbell Homes’, internal designer had this to say about her method to decorating a home. “I like to mix new trends with classic styles, different textures and try to find color palettes that are close to traditional but not quite. Pushing the envelope is fun and can turn out amazing just as long as you don’t push it too far.”
4. Add Color and Texture
Often, a new home will be decked out in neutral colors like white, beige or gray. To make your mark both literally and figuratively, paint a wall or two with a bold and inviting color. For a more subtle treatment, use an accent color to brighten up a door, window frame or molding.
Bright or patterned cushions, rugs, bedspreads, throws and curtains can transform even the starkest of rooms into a warm and cozy haven while going easy on your wallet. Looking for ideas? Visit our Pinterest board for color trends and ideas. https://www.pinterest.com/campbellhomesco/a-punch-of-color/
5. Make it Official
Send out “We’ve Moved” announcements or throw a house warming party! Sharing the space with friends is a perfect way to make your home feel like “yours” and start creating memories. Visit our Pinterest board for great ideas for announcements. https://www.pinterest.com/campbellhomesco/weve-moved/