Any tips on how to add character to new build property??

(13 Posts)
Luv2chat2U Sun 17-Apr-16 17:17:44

Hi all

I would really appreciate some inspiration and tips on the above subject, i'm moving from my Victorian property to a new build and need to add a splash of character.....

Can period features work I.e. Coving etc


Many thanks

HoneyDragon Sun 17-Apr-16 17:29:26

Is it brand new new build?

HarrietSchulenberg Sun 17-Apr-16 18:05:14

I don't think new builds suit added character features. Much better to just embrace the modernity of it all rather than attempt to recreate a period piece.

Afishcalledchips Sun 17-Apr-16 18:18:36

I think coving can look nice in a newer house actually.

But it would probably look weird with eg an old black cat iron fire surround/reclaimed pine internal doors.

You could add character/make it your own through adding nicer internal doors like [[ www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Geneva-Internal-Oak-Veneer-Door-5-Panel-1981x762mm/p/214699 these]] with some nice handles. Quirky expensive tiles and taps in the kitchen and bathroom etc.

I'd embrace the modern begrudgingly though smile

Luv2chat2U Sun 17-Apr-16 18:21:11

@honey Dragon it has been built for a least 10 yrs I think and resembles a town house.....

Thanks Harriet

Luv2chat2U Sun 17-Apr-16 18:25:25

Thank you a fishcalledchips very nice doors and also high reviews I'll consider

JT05 Sun 17-Apr-16 18:41:59

We put those doors in a 1960 3 storey house, despite its wonderful views, people always commented on how nice the doors were, first! They look particularly good with chrome or stainless steel handles.

If your house is plain, I'd get some inspiration from the Georgian period, when houses had character but we're not over embellished. Use that as a starting point for a more modern interior.

HoneyDragon Sun 17-Apr-16 18:51:59

Lovely, if it was a brand new house you'd have been disappointed as you'd have had to wait to do anything grin

HoneyDragon Sun 17-Apr-16 18:52:41

I like coving if the ceilings are high enough.

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Sun 17-Apr-16 20:33:10

I d embrace the period of the property you've got, not try to stick in features from another period. There are loads of lovely contemporary decorative ideas that will make your home feel like yours.

I agree that changing the internal doors can make a huge difference. Same with great lighting (both light fittings and lamps). Paint the walls in something more intesting than magnolia and have interesting furniture and it will feel like a really lovely home.

Luv2chat2U Sun 17-Apr-16 21:43:40

@T05, when you say 'despite its wonderful views, people always commented on how nice the doors were, first'! do you mean they're not good?

@honeydragon, I agree about the high ceilings hmmm.

@Stepawayfromthethessaurus, great feedback thank you!

dairofthehog Mon 18-Apr-16 01:03:54

I agree with keeping it relatively contemporary. Remember the fashion for mock tudor houses and how naff that looks? You want to avoid that. But you could get away with adding a few details. I've made the mistake in the past of being too bland with colours and beiges and creams are strongly associated with new builds.
Pinterest is quite helpful in getting ideas.

JT05 Mon 18-Apr-16 08:08:35

Luv I meant that people comment on how great the doors are and then how great the view is! The doors are the panelled style suggested by Allfish , but are fire doors so are weightier and feel solid.

I agree with what others have said about using colour to make it your own. It sounds like you'll have some fun choosing.

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