Period properties are having a real moment in the world of real estate, with Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian homes all proving particularly sought-after. With high ceilings and large windows, these vintage properties are full of unique character; it’s easy to see why they’re in such high demand.
Though a period property offers beautiful features and bundles of personality, restoring an old house can be an often time-consuming and costly process, which is why many opt for a newer-build instead. In their naked form, new homes often feel like they are yet to have an identity; thankfully there are several ways to inject a real sense of personality into white walls and square spaces. Here are just some of the top ways to add personality to a new-build home.
Panelling is a fantastic way to add some real charm to a room, it’s simple and effective yet changes the architectural shape of a room entirely. Available in a huge range of different mouldings, from subtle tongue and groove to grand period designs, panelling can be used in almost every room of the house, and whilst it’s great for protecting the walls from the general wear and tear of everyday life, it also adds character to any room devoid of features.
Layer Window Treatments
Layering window treatments adds both depth and personality to a new-build and offers an opportunity to incorporate different colours and textures to a space. By layering up a combination of shutters and roman blinds, you’re able to maximise the light control within a space, whilst the addition of made to measure curtains adds an all-important level of privacy.
Pick Period Flooring
Porcelain and faux porcelain coloured tired are fantastic at creating character within an otherwise modern home and can be easily fitted with minimal professional support. With so many tile patterns and colours available, it’s easy to create a range of varying effects depending on the choices selected. Whether Victorian or Art Deco, the addition of colourful tiles to a cloakroom or hallway can instantly transform the space.
Modern homes are fantastic for plumbing, with trustworthy water systems and less chance of leaks, but they often lack in originality and character. If your modern bathroom is all-white, look to your metal hardware to inject some personality. Taps, toilet roll holders and towel rails are all easily adaptable, look for shades of brass and matt black for a unique take on a bathroom look.
Invest in the Old
One of the simplest and most effective ways to add character to a new-build property is through vintage and reclaimed custom metal furniture and accessories. Pre-loved items often have a story to tell, and when combined together can bring personality in abundance. Mid-century art deco and Victorian-esque interiors are both having a major moment; look for dramatic patterned rugs and old-school glamour as well as velvet accents and gold and black hardware.
Source an antique fireplace
Fireplaces have always been used as a way to add cosiness and warmth to a space, and modern homes are no different. Whether it’s still in use or not, a fireplace surround provides a fantastic focal point for any room. Particularly popular in living spaces, look to source an antique made up of ornate detailing and beautiful elements for added character.