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Personalize Your New Home
There are many advantages to purchasing a new home. Warranties on every appliance, the latest energy efficiency features, and the option to choose your colors & finishes. However, even with your design choices, a new home can sometimes lack the character and charm of an older home. Don’t let that discourage you, however, because there are some simple ways to customize your home and bring in that character, giving you the best of both worlds!
Paint has always been the most cost-effective way to make a big impact in your home, and it’s an easier DIY project that even the most novice can handle. There are thousands of colors available in home improvement stores, however, so choosing just one or two can be a little overwhelming. Start by choosing an overall color scheme for your home. Do you want muted, beach-inspired colors? Earth tones? Bright and vibrant? Maybe classic? Most paint brands offer cards with suggested colors for a number of styles, so you can narrow your options that way. Then choose colors from the cards or use them as a starting point for inspiration.
Add trim pieces. The majority of older homes have fully cased windows and doors. Call it changing trends or a cost savings measure, but today’s newer homes are lucky to even have windowsills. You can add inexpensive molding pieces around windows and make doors stand out by replacing the standard frame pieces with something that fits your style better. Depending on the look you’re going for, trim can be a simple, plain piece or more ornate with detailed pieces with carvings. Trim can also be added to walls to create chair rails, board & batten, ship lap, or simply to frame featured areas. You can even add trim to door ways and wall corners to amp up the style. Trim pieces can be added to plain doors, builder-basic mirrors, and cabinets for a more custom look, too. Use small trim pieces and paint to give the illusion of long, grand baseboards and crown molding.
Build-in some storage. Built-ins can be found in older homes all over the country and add a more custom look to a home. You don’t need to be an expert woodworker. A couple of simple shelves count as a built-in! Of course, if your skills are more advanced, you can build more elaborate cabinet pieces, or whatever you need. Quality is important for built-ins, however, so consider your skill level before beginning this kind of project and hire an expert if you need help. A sloppy piece won’t be appealing and may come back to haunt you if you decide to sell your home one day. Some homeowners have faked the built-in look by adding trim pieces to store-bought book shelves or using stock cabinets. Bonus- built-ins can disguise awkward areas, like those where a pipe or column is necessary.
Window treatments can customize a home’s look quite a bit. New homes tend to come with plain window blinds, if they include any window coverings at all. Adding shutters or curtains will give the room a more finished look, in addition to protecting privacy. By hanging curtains higher than the window, or using a curved curtain rod, the homeowner can give the illusion of a larger window or a style that is less common in modern day construction.
Visit our inspiration board on Pinterest for some more ideas and DIY instructions to inspire some character in your home, new or old! Shopping for a home and need help deciding between a new or preowned home? A previous blog posted here outlines the advantages and disadvantages further to help you weigh your options.
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