Purchasing a home is a milestone achievement, usually meaning a fresh start, a new location, and new furnishings. New build properties are increasing in popularity due to their modern finishings and blank canvas appearance, but decorating these can be a little overwhelming if you don’t have an idea of where to start.
Whether you’re upgrading, downsizing, or starting completely from scratch, here are some of our top tips to help you furnish the new build property you’ve always wanted and turn it into the perfect home for you and your family.
Start with investment pieces
An investment piece may sound like an expensive endeavour but try to think of these items more as essential expenses. If you’re able to, it’s wise to start with these pieces, choosing furniture that is both durable and comfortable. Due to their size, investment pieces are one of the main focal points of the room. Because of this, they must match the theme and colour scheme of the room, whilst still being practical and versatile.
Dining sets are a must for a home, so you’ll want to get this right. Try to go for a table that is large enough to fit the whole family, with enough matching chairs to accommodate each person. While a glossy or matte design will create a clean look, timber or wood finishes provide more texture and warmth to the dining space.
A high-quality sofa will see you well for years to come and won’t need replacing as often. Again, go for something that is large enough for your family and will be able to fit well into your living space. While leather upholstery may be more appealing, a darker fabric more be more beneficial if you want it to still look clean.
Spice up the floor space
If your new build comes with neutral-coloured carpet or simple tiling, you’ll probably want to add some character to it. This doesn’t mean spending a fortune on new flooring, simply add a rug under your table or in the middle of your living room.
Opting for a beautiful rug that resembles something of a painting can really tie the look of a room together and is a subtle way of adding a splash of colour. Don’t forget to add some accent colours to complement the rest of the room and some finishing touches. This could be a dark wood shelf or table, for example.
Light up the room
Try to design your lighting as soon as you have a floor plan to hand. Work out where you’d like your task, decorative, and ambient lighting to go, including any fittings. Depending on the level of work required, you may need to consult with an electrician.
Regardless of the natural light that enters the home, you’ll want to plan for those dark winter mornings and cosy evenings. In each room, ensure you have a mixture of light sources, including linear lighting, table lamps, decorative wall lights, or downlights.0