How to make a new build home your own
One of the best things about buying a new build property is having a blank canvas on which to design a home around your lifestyle and personality. In this blog, we hope to inspire some interior design ideas that will help you to personalise your new home.
From customised kitchens and lighting up your space, through to choosing your perfect colour palette, the possibilities are endless - read on for ways to put your own stamp on a new build home.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and where you will be spending a large part of your time, so it is important that your kitchen design is practical as well as beautiful.
Appliances and accents
The biggest decision to make will be around the overall kitchen style, whether that is country casual or sleek and modern. You will need to thinking about worktop choices and cupboard and door fronts as well as flooring to complete the look.
Integrating appliances enables you to hide unsightly white goods while also helping to save on space. You can add a personal touch and luxurious accent to plain units with polished brass handles, while natural wood kitchen fronts introduce warmth and calm.
A sociable space
All the important conversations take place around the kitchen table and it is used by every member of the family over many years. That’s why it’s worth investing in a quality table to ensure longevity and enjoyment.
When it comes to dining chairs, design and durability are important. There are so many great options on the market like this timeless oak Clio Chair from John Lewis or cult favourite, the Masters Chair by Phillipe Starck for Kartell from Heal’s.
A breakfast bar or island unit is a great way to introduce a fun and sociable element into a kitchen space as well as creating an additional place to sit.
Lighting brings any room to life and as the most multi-functional space in the home, good kitchen lighting is key. Warm, soft lighting is perfect for creating relaxed evening mealtimes while bright and fresh lighting is uplifting at the start of the day.
Smart bulbs allow you to change your lighting to suit any mood or occasion. The Philips Hue Bulb can be controlled through an app on your phone, or even through your Amazon Alexa or Google Home, so you can easily switch things up.
Beyond function and practicality, bathrooms provide a space where you can escape and completely relax, so they should also be stylish.
Great bathroom brassware, such as taps, shower heads and controls, can determine the feel of a room and add a designer touch to a design scheme. Brass fixtures and fittings can add a lovely warm tone and retro feel to a bathroom, while chrome fixtures lend themselves to a sleek and modern aesthetic.
Baths and showers
Two of the most important bathroom elements are your bathtub or shower choices. A freestanding bath adds an element of surprise and luxury in a new build home and you can find great new replicas on the high street as well as originals from reclamation yards.
One of our favourite shower features is a waterfall-style shower head, which provides a satisfying cascade of water and a luxurious showering experience.
Adding interesting textures equals a more modern bathroom space. Concrete can bring about a contemporary, clean aesthetic, whilst wooden features add a homely, rustic feel. These materials could even be introduced in a shower base or through your choices of ceramic tiles.
Leafy plants like bamboo, aloe vera and orchids thrive in bathrooms and keep the space bright and cheery to add another natural dimension to the bathroom design.
Your living space is where you will relax at the end of the day, so making it your own is important to create a sense of calm and quiet.
All in the details
Personal touches are essential - line your shelves with decorative bits and pieces you have picked up over the years and place some framed photos of friends and family to add warmth and familiarity to your new home.
Colour transforms a room and influences your mood, so be sure to pick a palette that suits your style and personality. If you are in need of some inspiration, take a look at Pantone’s Colour of the Year, which for 2020 is a calming Classic Blue!
Beyond trends, you can base a room's colour scheme around anything you like, even your favourite artwork. Sticking with the colour theme across furnishings and room accessories will help to bring a room together and unite your interior design, and you can always add interest by peppering in a contrasting colour.
Designing the interiors of your new build home is so exciting, which is why at Campion Homes we offer so many new build interior design ideas through our Choices Suite. With a selection of no extra cost options and a vast range of competitively priced extras and upgrades, these are the personal touches that can transform a house into a home.