Pro­ject some per­son­al­ity

How to make your new home feel wel­com­ing

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IT’S an ex­cit­ing time when you’re getting a new home built by a pro­ject home builder.

One of the best things about it is that ab­so­lutely every­thing will be new, in­clud­ing the car­pet, the kitchen and bath­room fin­ishes, leav­ing a blank can­vas for dec­o­ra­tion.

But with­out some care­ful plan­ning, your new home could end up look­ing like it lacks per­son­al­ity and warmth.

Tak­ing your time with the choice of ma­te­ri­als could make all the dif­fer­ence.

In­te­rior de­signer Jenny Wil­liams, from Cre­ative Style In­te­rior De­sign, says pro­ject homes are de­signed for mass ap­peal rather than be­ing cus­tomised to an in­di­vid­ual’s needs, tastes and wants.

“Pro­ject homes are meant to be sold us­ing es­sen­tially the same ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign to keep the costs down, so vari­a­tions can be ex­pen­sive,” she says.

“They are also de­signed to ap­peal to as broad a cross-sec­tion of peo­ple as pos­si­ble so there will never be any­thing too po­lar­is­ing about the de­sign or the styling.

“Dis­play homes fre­quently in­clude the more ex­pen­sive op­tions, or up­grades, to make the dis­play home look more on­trend and ap­peal­ing.”

Tak­ing the up­grade

While they may add to the cost, Jenny says up­grades can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween a stan­dard fin­ish and some­where that re­ally feels like it has some per­son­al­ity.

“Of­ten dis­play home builders will have pre­ferred sup­pli­ers they want you to go to, par­tic­u­larly when choos­ing tiles,” she says.

“If you pay to up­grade the tiles you will have many more op­tions to choose from, usu­ally of a bet­ter qual­ity and more on-trend styles, colours and de­signs.

“I al­ways rec­om­mend do­ing this if you have the bud­get.”

Putting the time in dur­ing the de­sign stage is well spent, she says.

“Most pro­ject home builders will al­low you to up­grade other el­e­ments such as kitchen cabi­net and bench­top ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes, car­pet, floor­boards, win­dow cov­er­ings and so on,” she says.

“This can be costly so spend your money with an eye to cre­at­ing that ‘wow’ fac­tor.”

In the kitchen, Jenny sug­gests up­grad­ing to cab­i­nets in your choice of colour in a twopack polyurethane fin­ish for a luxe look, rather than lam­i­nate or melamine cab­i­nets. For im­pact, she also sug­gests in­ves­ti­gat­ing what is on offer if you up­grade from the builder’s stan­dard range of en­gi­neered stone. You will of­ten have a wider range of colours avail­able that might bet­ter suit your style.

Cur­tain call

Even af­ter the builders have left, Jenny says there are plenty of ways to make a per­sonal state­ment with your in­te­rior de­sign choices.

If you’re re­ally keen on a par­tic­u­lar de­sign style, con­sider the key el­e­ments that will bring that to­gether.

“Think shut­ters for the win­dows in­stead of stan­dard ver­ti­cal or roller blinds to re­ally add a sense of style and a bit of lux­ury,” she says.

“In­stalling a stun­ning pen­dant light in the front en­try, the stair­well or over the din­ing table adds loads of per­son­al­ity.”

Wel­come home

If you still feel your house doesn’t look warm enough af­ter you’ve moved all your fur­ni­ture in and unpacked all the boxes, Jenny says there are a num­ber of ways to make it look more like your dream home.

“Per­son­al­is­ing your home firstly means dec­o­rat­ing it in a de­sign style that suits your per­son­al­ity and life­style,” she says.

“If you love Moroc­can or boho style, then dec­o­rate in this look – don’t just fol­low the trends.”

Dis­play fam­ily pho­tos or places you’ve vis­ited, hang art­work that’s special to you and dec­o­rate with ac­ces­sories that have sig­nif­i­cance for you.

A favourite rug, a dra­matic stair­case, strik­ing wall­pa­per or a painted fea­ture wall are other ways to express your per­son­al­ity.

“Even small things such as a bunch of your favourite per­fumed flow­ers in your sis­ter’s vase add to it feel­ing like home,” Jenny says.

Photo: Bob Barker

FLOOR SHOW: Adding an eye-catch­ing rug and pat­terned cush­ions cre­ates some con­tem­po­rary style in the Bristol 28 by Eden Brae Homes.

Photo: Bob Barker

DRINKS ARE ON US: Adding a bar, like this one in the Eden­vale by McDon­ald Jones Homes, will suit keen en­ter­tain­ers.

In­stalling plan­ta­tion shut­ters, rather than sim­ple ver­ti­cal or roller blinds, cre­ates pri­vacy while adding a coastal feel to the Liv­ing­stone 22 by Eden Brae Homes.

Photo: Ma­reer Homer

Beau­ti­ful wall­pa­per in the Bos­ton 36 by Claren­don Homes, which was styled by Coco Repub­lic, of­fers style and warmth.

Photo: Bob Barker

A pair of stun­ning pen­dant lights make a state­ment in the en­try­way of the Kent 25 by Eden Brae Homes.

A cheeky lizard at the Sonata dis­play home by All­worth Homes adds a sense of fun.

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