10 Ways 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! These tips and tricks will help you create a home with character and historic charm.
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!
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.
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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!
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.
What style is your home? Colonial, Cape Cod, Craftsman, Tudor, Ranch? (You can find a list of styles on This Old House).
Find what defines that style and gives it charm in a historic way, and add a few hints of that look around your home.
I have a special place in my heart for beautiful millwork. A lot of heart and soul goes into great millwork and it can add a lot of warmth to a home.
It's all in the details! Learn about how we added shadow box trim to our breakfast room to give it a more refined, special feeling.
Jeff Lewis mentioned a few years ago on "Flipping Out" that he rarely carries the same hardware throughout the home, usually maintaining the same hardware in one room.
It's intriguing to see what lies beyond the next door rather than anticipating more of the same. Read up on our brass and glass door knobs for more details on how hardware can transform a room!
So often new builds will all have the same vanities from one bathroom to the next.
Rather than update your vanity, you can reface it by sanding, painting, or with adding new hardware.
Collect beautiful vintage and antique lights and integrate them with new fixtures. I promise, you won't miss the "boob" lights your builder wanted to put in.
Unfortunately my friends alerted me to their nickname and now that's all I can think about. I must remove them all from our home - immediately!
Make a room feel taller by installing curtain rods close to the ceiling.
This is my favorite source on how to hang drapes. You won't believe some of these tricks for taking your window treatments to the next level!
Indoors or out, shutters add so much charm and character to a home!
Builder's grade hollow core doors don't block sound and don't add any detail or charm.
Consider adding a vintage door for a special focal point in your home! It will add so much character and might even be less expensive than new!
I have to be honest, I adore wallpaper, but it can be hard to commit, right? However, whenever we've added wallpaper to a space it completely transforms it!
If you're bold, go for it! It's adds so much interest and I can live vicariously through you!
Stairs are generally found at the entrance, so removing the carpet from your stairs, revealing the treads and risers, can make a significant impact.
It completely transformed the foyer of our old home and I LOVE that we've been able to do the same here in St. Louis!
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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