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Relocating from Manchester to the south of the country was an exciting yet apprehensive time for the owners. They had to move for work, but having resided in the north all their lives, they had no knowledge of Hertfordshire. Also, with a three-year-old daughter, a fresh start in a strange town was going to be a challenge.

Fortunately, making friends came easily, as children's chat tends to break the ice. It was after one such conversation with a local mum that the owners discovered their family's future home. 'We'd been renting for a few months before deciding to buy a place, but we had no idea where to settle,' they say. 'So when we heard a mum singing the praises of this area, we focused our search around here. We soon stumbled upon this amazing new-build property and bought it straight away.'

Freshly built, the house was pristine and smart. However, the rooms lacked colour and character, so the couple's first job was to replace the bland corn-yellow walls with a more chic and inviting shade. Armed with interior magazines and design blogs for inspiration, the owners tackled one room at a time to make the project manageable.

'Apart from sourcing window treatments, no jobs were urgent because the house was perfectly liveable,' say the owners. 'This meant we could take our time choosing fabrics and paint.' With just a blank canvas to work with, they admit they found it hard at first to visualise the rooms, but once they'd decided on a palette of modern greys, they were able to start enhancing the spaces.

Now that their interiors work is complete, the owners, who now have three children, are delighted with their new-build, which perfectly combines chic and stylish with homely and welcoming.

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Now that their interiors work is complete, the owners, who now have three children, are delighted with their new-build, which perfectly combines chic and stylish with homely and welcoming.

2/12 Entrance hall

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There's nothing prosaic about this entrance hall. The comfortably wide proportions lend it an airy feel, while the tall windows on either side of the door let light pour in. The space looks neutral, but it certainly doesn't lack interest with the textured wallpaper on one wall, bold mirror and stylish dark-wood furniture. Floor tiles are also a practical option, as footprints can be easily washed away.

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3/12 Living room

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Initially, the owners had decorated the living room in a bright red, cream and black. 'We chose all the wrong colours, ones that didn't tie in with the rest of the house,' they say. 'It was a decorating disaster.' Uncertain how to improve it, they sought the help of an interior designer, whose vision transformed the space into a design triumph, with sumptuous fabrics and beautiful textures.

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4/12 Living room from other side

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The huge ottoman is multifunctional: it's great for putting your feet up, but also acts as a table surface when a tray or wood block is used to steady your objects (vital if you want to ensure the beautiful fabric isn't damaged by coffee or tea spillages). Plush and eye-catching, the ottoman's secret is its colour - the paler lilac manages to simultaneously contrast with and complement the deeper purple of the sofa, thereby brightening the room.

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5/12 Kitchen

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In the kitchen, the owners chose a timeless neutral colour scheme to complement the existing handleless units, adding a sofa and rug by the bifold doors to create a relaxed feel. A variety of storage, including base units, wall cupboards and a capacious island, keep surfaces free of clutter, which means there's plenty of room to get on with playing chef.

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6/12 Dining area

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The furniture in the kitchen-diner has been chosen to work with the pale grey and white colour scheme so that it doesn't jar or cause a distraction. It's a sleek style that works equally well for grown-ups as youngsters - it looks pleasingly smart, but the tiled flooring makes it easy to clean when muddy-footed children wander in from the garden.

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7/12 Children’s seating area

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A children's eating area has been created in one corner of the large, open-plan kitchen-diner, which means the owners' children can enjoy their own sophisticated spot overlooking the garden (before running directly outside to play). Folding shutters provide a streamlined approach to window dressing that's unburdened by pattern or detailing.

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8/12 Master bedroom

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(Image credit: Future PLC/Jonathan Gooch)

Everyone wants their bedroom to be a calm haven and this scheme achieves exactly that brief. The tree wallpaper adds a magical feel to the space, creating the ideal backdrop for the piles of cushions, soft bedding and pretty throw. It's worth noting that this wallpaper is the kind of print to choose if you're craving a feature wall, but are put off by an overly dominant design.

Wallpaper, bed and side table
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9/12 Dressing room

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(Image credit: Future PLC/Jonathan Gooch)

Having a separate space to store clothes away from your bedroom really helps to keep things tidy. In an ideal world, a bedroom should be largely uncluttered to make it as tranquil as possible for a good night's rest. Here, mirrored cupboard doors help to give the illusion of a wider floor area, while the chair provides a handy spot to fling outfits as you try them on.

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10/12 Nursery

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This space was formerly a guest bedroom, but when the owners' third child came along, it was turned into a nursery. As a result, it has retained its super-versatile pale-grey walls, but been given an update with pretty floral pink and stripey cushions, plus a blue and white striped rug. Redecorating a room in this way means it will be easy to repurpose the space again in future, if need be.

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Kid's rocking chair
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11/12 Girl’s bedroom

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When planning a child's bedroom, it's a good idea to choose a scheme that will work as they get older without the need for constant alterations. This classic pink room is a good example and will be suitable for many years to come. The furniture, in particular, has a fairly grown-up feel and is a neutral colour that will look good even if the wall paint is changed in future.

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12/12 Bathroom

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The bathroom was like this when the owners moved in, so they were lucky that they didn't have anything more to do than add some pretty accessories and smart toiletries. It's an unusually shaped space, which the bath takes advantage of to provide plenty of room for a luxuriant soak. Centrally placed taps are an added bonus, as it means there are no uncomfortable edges to lay your head or feet.

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What a gorgeous family home!

FAQs

How do I add a character to my brand new house? ›

Follow our simple guide and you'll be surprised how easy it is to add instant personality to your home.
  1. Make an Entrance. ...
  2. Ironmongery & Hardware Changes. ...
  3. Step On It. ...
  4. Add Pretty Panels. ...
  5. Paper Your Walls. ...
  6. Heritage Paint Ideas. ...
  7. Choose Ornate Lights. ...
  8. Bespoke Furniture.
Apr 28, 2021

How do I make a new build feel like home? ›

9 Clever Ways to Make a New House Feel Like Home
  1. Start with the closet. ...
  2. Prioritize the kids' rooms. ...
  3. Recreate familiar sounds and sights. ...
  4. Wait to hang art. ...
  5. Mimic your regular routine. ...
  6. Bring out all your favorites. ...
  7. Get comfy. ...
  8. Make it smell nice.
Dec 4, 2014

How can I make my construction look unique? ›

Unique Features to Consider When Building a Custom Home
  1. Create a Hidden Room. Photo via @interestingcreativedesigns. ...
  2. Include Built-In Shelves. Photo via @c.b._designs. ...
  3. Incorporate a Kitchen Nook. ...
  4. Design a Large Mudroom. ...
  5. Get Innovative with Stair Design. ...
  6. Plan an Upstairs Laundry Room. ...
  7. Save Room for a Spa. ...
  8. Plant a Tree.
May 17, 2022

What happens if you paint a new build? ›

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Your new home will have absorbed water as it was being built and needs to dry out gradually. According to the NHBC, this takes around nine months, during which time you may notice minor cracks in walls, gaps in joinery and white deposits on the walls.

Can you decorate a new build house straight away? ›

Decorating at an early stage would only be a waste of time and money, as until the house is properly settled and the drying out process is complete (which usually takes nine months to a year) small shrinkage cracks may continue to appear in the walls – which, by the way, are completely normal in new homes.

Can you hang things on new build walls? ›

If your home is a new build, you'll need to check with your managing agent or developer what the policies are for hanging items on walls. Often they'll advise you to wait a certain amount of time before using nails or screws on newly built walls – and going against this advice could affect your guarantee.

How do you put a charm on your house? ›

7 Ways To Add Character to a Cookie Cutter Home
  1. Add a ceiling medallion. ...
  2. Trim your windows. ...
  3. Add a fireplace. ...
  4. Replace your knobs and pulls with vintage hardware. ...
  5. Build a wainscot. ...
  6. Add character to a door. ...
  7. Dress up your walls.
Sep 15, 2016

How do you make a new build look vintage? ›

How to Make a Modern Home Look Old
  1. Find inspiration from rustic interiors you love. ...
  2. Scour vintage stores and reclaim yards – take your imagination with you! ...
  3. Wood will turn your rustic dream into reality. ...
  4. Choose earthy colours and rustic home accessories. ...
  5. Decorate with natural materials.
Nov 8, 2019

What brings good luck to a new home? ›

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  • Leave Your Old Broom Behind. It is a common new house superstition that you should purchase a new broom, leaving your old broom behind at your previous house. ...
  • Boil Milk. ...
  • Burn Sage. ...
  • Paint Your Porch Ceiling Blue. ...
  • Spread Out Salt. ...
  • Moving House On A Friday or Saturday.
Mar 15, 2021

How long does it take for a new house to feel like home? ›

It is a good idea to plan a year to 18 months for this major life transition. This does not mean that you will be feeling lost for the entire 18 months, but it's good to give yourself the expectation that it may take that long before your new place truly feels like home.

How long does it take for a new build house to settle? ›

Generally, it might take around two years internally before the building stabilizes. In most cases, a house should finish “settling” after a year. Usually, it goes through seasons of different humidity: hot weather, cold weather, wet weather, etc.

What should you not forget when building a new house? ›

Make A Custom Home Building Checklist!
  1. Lights, Switches, and Power Outlets. ...
  2. Shower Head Height. ...
  3. Television Placement. ...
  4. Water Heater Placement. ...
  5. Attic Storage. ...
  6. Shelf Depth. ...
  7. Door Swing Direction. ...
  8. Extra Materials.
Feb 9, 2021

What should I add to my new-build? ›

Cool Things to Include When Building a House
  • Energy-Efficient Design.
  • Smart Home Technology.
  • Dual Kitchen Workspaces.
  • Indoor Air Quality Systems.
  • Sun Tunnels.
  • Jetted Laundry Sink.
  • Outdoor Outlets.
  • A Room for What You Love.
Mar 10, 2020

What are the stages of a new build? ›

Some of the key phrases and stages of construction of your new home are briefly explained here.
  • Foundation. This is the beginning of the construction process. ...
  • Superstructure. ...
  • First Fix. ...
  • Second Fix. ...
  • Decoration. ...
  • Finals. ...
  • External Works. ...
  • Familiarisation Visit.

How long does it take for a new build to dry? ›

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Over time this moisture will gradually disappear and, as shown in the diagram below, you should expect your new home to reach a moisture- balanced state within 18 months to 2 years.

Should you wait to paint a new house? ›

Most builders and contractors advise waiting a year on average before painting a newly built house. That is how long it takes for the plaster on the walls and ceilings to dry out completely. Otherwise, if you apply paint before the building material is dry, it will last only a few months before needing a touch up.

Do new builds go up in value? ›

The short answer is yes. From the data we have we can say that new builds appreciate at the same rate as all other properties. However, when we purchase a new build we have paid a premium, meaning the actual value can be 0-10% below the price at which you purchased it.

Why do home builders use flat paint? ›

Reason #1 for Why Builders Use Flat Paint – Builders use flat paint so that they can touch-up the walls easily. Flat paint, although it is inferior in many ways, is the best at touching-up. The lack of shine make the paint blend better with the previous paint.

How do you make a new build more cozy? ›

Create warmth and atmosphere with well placed light. A table lamp on a side table will make things more cosy and give off a warm glow, while pendant lights hanging over a kitchen counter will create a dual-use space and double up as a breakfast counter – just add some bar stools.

How do you style a new build flat? ›

Keep your colour schemes unified throughout each room, at the very least – make sure appliances, furniture and decorative elements complement each other – and ideally, consider the colours that run through your whole home, too. Consider the size of your living space.

Can you hang things on new build walls? ›

If your home is a new build, you'll need to check with your managing agent or developer what the policies are for hanging items on walls. Often they'll advise you to wait a certain amount of time before using nails or screws on newly built walls – and going against this advice could affect your guarantee.

How do I give my house a character? ›

7 Ways To Add Character to a Cookie Cutter Home
  1. Add a ceiling medallion. ...
  2. Trim your windows. ...
  3. Add a fireplace. ...
  4. Replace your knobs and pulls with vintage hardware. ...
  5. Build a wainscot. ...
  6. Add character to a door. ...
  7. Dress up your walls.
Sep 15, 2016

How do you add a charm to a new-build? ›

How to add character and charm to your boring new-build home
  1. Add a few pieces of vintage furniture.
  2. Opt for hardwood floors.
  3. Add unique crown molding to your walls.
  4. Or, paint your walls in a classic color.
  5. Don't forget to play with texture.
Jun 8, 2022

How do you make a modern house homely? ›

9 easy ways to make your house feel homey
  1. Wake up your walls with artwork. ...
  2. Pep up with plants and dried flowers. ...
  3. Consider underfoot comfort with rugs in proper sizes. ...
  4. Clean, declutter and find a place for everything. ...
  5. Layer lighting and use more candlelight. ...
  6. Invest in home improvements that can improve the quality of life.
Jan 22, 2019

How do you build a charming house? ›

10 tips to help you achieve a beautifully simple and meaningful home.
  1. Choose calm colours. ...
  2. Purge, purge and purge some more. ...
  3. Bring in natural elements. ...
  4. Bring special items out in the open. ...
  5. Let the light shine in. ...
  6. Carve out a special spot just for you. ...
  7. Make it welcoming. ...
  8. Make it warm and cozy.
Mar 21, 2016

Can you hang a TV in a new build? ›

I've lived in two new builds, and wall mounted all my own TVs, with cables behind the plaster board. Do it yourself, its very easy, and plaster board is very strong when the weight is spread nicely and downwards.

How long does it take for a newly built house to settle? ›

Generally, it might take around two years internally before the building stabilizes. In most cases, a house should finish “settling” after a year. Usually, it goes through seasons of different humidity: hot weather, cold weather, wet weather, etc.

How long before you can hang pictures in a new build? ›

Your home needs time to settle

With all the beautiful patterned wallpapers out there, we totally understand why a feature wall may be calling your name – but builders recommend leaving 6-12 months between move-in and wallpapering.

What does it mean when a house has character? ›

A property with character is a property that has a unique architectural style and design that makes it stand out from the rest. Often, some of the best real estate agents near you have character traits that are essential for success and set them apart from other agents.

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