• Katy Stephenson

How To Make Your New Build Property Look Less Like A New Build

There are so many benefits to buying a new build property. They're affordable, brand spanking new, often in great locations and a great way to get on the property ladder. But if you're after a house with a bit of character, they don't exactly offer many quirks or much personality.

However, that's not to say that you can't inject some character into your property to make it look a little less new build-ish.

Here are some of my ideas that I've already used or am planning on using to make our house feel a little more unique compared to the other 30 houses on our development!

new build living room

Wallpaper or paint the walls

The absolute easiest way to add some personality to a new build is by slapping some paint on the walls or getting busy with some wallpaper. It immediately injects some life and colour into a room so it feels more 'you' and can be achieved on any budget!

Add panelling

If only I knew about DIY panelling when we first moved in! I love how there are so many different designs you can create and the fact all you need is a trip to B&Q and you can do it yourself!

Radiator covers

Cheap radiators are ugly things aren't they? If only new builds all contained fancy column radiators, that would be perfect! This is where radiator covers come in as you can pick them up cheaply for £30-£100 from B&Q or eBay and completely transform a room. Paint it, put some ornaments or books on it and voila!

Change light switches and plug sockets

It's really in the details for me and plastic light switches and plug sockets just don't cut it! You can instantly make your house look less new build with the addition of some metal covers but be aware, they can end up pretty expensive when you have to buy a lot of them!

new build bedroom

Change up the floors

One thing I hate about new builds is that more often than not, the carpet and tiles are grey and it's just a bit boring. If only we'd bought off-plan then we could've had a say in the fittings! But that's not to say you can't change up the flooring to make things look a little less new build.

Landscape the garden

One of the first things we (when I say we, I mean Toby haha) did was landscape the garden. It was in horrendous condition and done to a poor standard being unlevel with loads of mud, messed up grass and uneven paving - to this day, we still have no idea why the developers left it the way they did but hey ho!

Anyway, Toby ripped it all out and replaced it with artificial grass (our garden doesn't see much sun so we didn't really have a choice), railway sleepers and a patio with flowerbeds along one side and it looks SO much better. Now our garden looks unique compared to everyone else's (well, the ones we can see anyway) and while their grass is all dying (the developers obviously used cheap turf), ours looks fab!

Paint your front door

When all the front doors on your street have the same bland door colour, why not mix it up and paint it something a little different? It will certainly stand out amongst the rest!

Add coving

Some may say coving is outdated but I think it's a great way to add something a bit different to a room and make the walls/ceiling look a little bit more interesting. You can do it yourself and it doesn't break the bank either!

Do you have any more tips for making your new build look less like a new build?

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