Styling Your New Home

Owning a new home offers you the perfect blank canvass for designing and styling it to your specific tastes. Before getting started have a look at our top tips on making your house a home

Colour Yourself Happy

Walls - New builds are great for styling as a lot of the hard work is usually done before you get started. Clean walls in fresh neutral colours are a great platform to start with – whether you’re looking to repaint or add colour through styling. Create impact with a statement wall if you are looking to add personality to a room - just make sure you pick a colour which you love and won’t drive you mad after a few months. Try buying a sample pot of paint and doing a small corner of the wall and leave it for a few days to make sure it is the right colour for you. Remember dark colours close the room up which may make it feel smaller so be careful when choosing your shade. Check out our article on how to decorate a new build before getting started with redecorating the walls.

Floors - As with the walls, new builds extend their neutrality into the choice of flooring. Add some colour to a room by putting down vibrant rugs. If you have wooden flooring, look at some extra-large rugs which can sometimes cover the surface of a room to create a warmth and texture.

Fixtures and Fittings

Fitted Furniture - Most new build developers will offer you the option to purchase fitted furniture to go into your new home. This is a great option if you do not have much furniture of your own. These options include having fitted wardrobes, study areas, media units and built in storage units.

Freestanding Furniture – The majority of buyers choose to purchase freestanding furniture to style their homes. Freestanding is great as it means you can move it around at your leisure. It is usually a more cost effective way of styling too. Shop around but make sure you buy quality pieces as you don’t want to be replacing them after a few years!

Sofas - If you are bringing furniture, such as a sofa, from a previous home, make sure you have carefully measured the doors, frames and stairways to make sure you will be able to move the furniture in. Put down masking table to measure out the floor space before buying new pieces to make sure it will all fit in. If you are keeping the room decor neutral then trying adding a statement sofa to inject some personality to a room.

Storage is one of the main problems that home owners face. Finding clever storage solutions can keep you organised and efficient but can also keep your new home looking decluttered and tidy. Scour the internet for some creative and innovative ways to store your items.

Cheap and Cheerful

Recycling furniture is one of the biggest trends at the moment. Not only will it save you so much money - it will create a vintage feel to your home and ensure your furniture is not a slave to the ikea personality. Scour local car boot sales, Ebay, Gumtree and Freecycle for free or cheap goods going in your area. If the furniture is in good condition you can use Annie Sloan paint which can be applied without sanding.

Shop upholstery and recover your sofa cushions with new fabric to give life to your old sofas and dining room chairs.

Cushions and frames are some of the cheapest ways to add style to your room. Add splashes of colour consistent with your chosen theme.

Adding curtains and blinds which tie in with your colour theme will add texture and luxury to your rooms.

Shelving is great for styling and creating storage. Use old baskets to store magazines, children’s toys and other bits and bobs on the shelves to make sure they do not get too cluttered.

Publish date: 13/10/2017