10 Ways to Add Character to a New Home

PUBLISHED: Apr 25, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

If you’re building a new home or even renovating an old one, be sure to add a little character wherever you can! These tips and tricks will help you create a home with character and historic charm.

A new door with a brass doorknob peeking into a guest bedroom.

I think there’s a misconception that everything should match when you’re building or renovating a house.

It seems that so many buyers tend to sit back and let their builders choose their finishes. However, chances are that those builders have very little design knowledge and are more focused on building that decorating.

Luckily, there are so many ways to infuse a little character into your new build, or even a dated home that you’re renovating!

An entryway with white walls, a wooden bench and wooden stairs in a home with character.

How to Add Character to a New Home

I love sharing ideas for improving your home! We’ve renovated many homes during the last 15+ years, and I am always thrilled to pass along the knowledge we’ve gained along the way.

A pink girl's bedroom with a chandelier to add character to the home.

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A brass lantern hanging in a white dining room in a character home.

Creating Homes With Character

Chris and I feel like we can drive down a street and point out a flip in a heartbeat. It’s all the same – masculine colors, questionable choices, but scientifically calculated for minimal investment with maximum return.

It doesn’t have to be that way. When I toured an incredible Kansas City show home several years ago, I walked away thinking about how timeless decorating can (and should!) be.

Don’t miss that 100+ year old home tour to see what I mean- there are great ideas to implement in your own home, whether new or old!

So how do you make a new home feel “old,” charming and warm? Here are 10 ways to add character to a new home!

Upgraded lighting in a character home.

How to Add Character to a New Home

If you're building a new home or even renovating an old one, be sure to add a little character wherever you can! Your contractor might prefer to stick with what they know best, but that isn't necessarily the way to get a home you'll love!

These tips and tricks will help you create a new home that oozes character and historic charm.

Making a new home feel “old” is really about adding character, charm and even a little “quirkiness” to a home. It gives a home warmth and a lot of depth.

What’s your favorite way to add character to a new home?

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