How To Decorate A New Build

Whilst it is great to want to make your house a home, you will need to consider some important information before getting out the paint brushes. Here are our helpful tips on how to successfully decorate your new build.

Make Your House a Home


Because of the construction of New Build houses; the interiors are usually immaculately presented in standard magnolia and, you, the buyer has typically already selected your carpets, fixtures and features. Once you have moved in, you may choose to put your own stamp on your property through some good old DIY redecorating.

Whilst it is great to want to make your house a home, you will need to consider some important information before getting out the paint brushes.  Here are our helpful advice on how to successful decorate your new build.
 

Walls    


With any new build, it is recommended that re-decorating the walls only take place after the walls have fully dried out. This process can take anywhere from 9-12 months, depending on your property type. Plasterboards dry much quicker than rendered brick walls so it’s worth double checking with your builder. During this time, hairline cracks can appear through the normal drying out and shrinkage process so when it comes to redecorating you will need to make sure you fill and smooth over any cracks that may have appeared before painting over.

The walls in new build homes are usually painted with an emulsion based paint. If you choose to go ahead and redecorate before the drying out process is complete then it’s important that you use a non-vinyl emulsion so the walls can still breathe. Wanting a feature wall? Wallpaper is a big no-no in the first year- the moisture that escapes from the wall will not be able to ventilate and may cause problems later down the line.
If you are worried or have questions about redecorating make sure you run things by your builder.
 

Kitchen and Woodwork


New woodwork absorbs moisture a lot quicker than older woodwork so when redecorating the woodwork in your home its worth bearing in mind that the colours will be a lot bolder than that being currently used. Only one coating should do!

 

Publish date: 31/07/2017