10 Methods to Add Character to a Residence

Learn to add character to a house! Should you’re constructing a brand new dwelling and even renovating an previous one, it’s enjoyable so as to add an enormous dose of persona with these straightforward ideas and methods.

We’re sharing 10 concepts that can aid you create a house with character and historic attraction.

A white dining room space with moulding on the walls and a wood farm table.

I believe there’s a false impression that all the pieces ought to match whenever you’re constructing or renovating a home.

It appears that evidently so many patrons have a tendency to sit down again and let their builders select their finishes. Nonetheless, likelihood is that these builders have little or no design data and are extra centered on constructing that adorning.

Fortunately, there are such a lot of methods to infuse slightly character into your new construct, or perhaps a dated dwelling that you just’re renovating!

A mudroom with white paneled walls and brick floors

The best way to Add Character to a New Residence

I really like sharing concepts for bettering your own home! We’ve renovated many properties over the past 15+ years, and I’m at all times thrilled to go alongside the data we’ve gained alongside the way in which.

Chris and I really feel like we will drive down a road and level out a flip in a heartbeat. It’s all the identical – masculine colours, questionable decisions, however scientifically calculated for minimal funding with most return.

It doesn’t should be that manner. Once I toured an unbelievable Kansas Metropolis present dwelling a number of years in the past, I walked away interested by how timeless adorning can (and will!) be.

Don’t miss that 100+ 12 months previous dwelling tour to see what I mean- there are nice concepts to implement in your personal dwelling, whether or not new or previous!

So how do you make a brand new dwelling really feel “previous,” charming and heat? Listed below are 10 methods so as to add character to a brand new dwelling!

An entryway with a wood bench and picture frame moulding

The best way to Add Character to a New Construct

Making a brand new dwelling really feel “previous” is basically about including character, attraction and even slightly “quirkiness” to a house. It provides a house heat and a whole lot of depth.

Should you’re constructing a brand new dwelling and even renovating an previous one, remember to add slightly character wherever you may! Your contractor may choose to stay with what they know finest, however that isn’t essentially the way in which to get a house you’ll love!

The following pointers and methods will aid you create a brand new dwelling that oozes character and historic attraction.

A white dining room space with moulding on the walls and a wood farm table.

1) Embrace the Fashion of Your Residence

First, one of the best recommendation I ever obtained is to work with the model of your own home, not in opposition to it! Updating doesn’t should imply you are taking it in a complete completely different route.

What model is your own home? Colonial, Cape Cod, Craftsman, Tudor, Ranch? (You’ll find a listing of types on This Previous Home).

Discover what defines that model and provides it attraction in a historic manner, and add just a few hints of that go searching your own home. See the complete earlier than and after of our 70s tudor right here!

A white exterior of a home with a covered front porch and copper gutters

I’ve a particular place in my coronary heart for lovely millwork. Quite a lot of coronary heart and soul goes into nice millwork and it may well add a whole lot of heat to a house.

It’s all within the particulars! Study how we added shadow field trim to our breakfast room to present it a extra refined, particular feeling.

Can’t discover the funds for customized carpentry proper now? Take a look at our information to putting in beadboard, or perhaps a beadboard backsplash!

A white dining room space with moulding on the walls and a wood farm table.

Jeff Lewis talked about just a few years in the past on “Flipping Out” that he not often carries the identical {hardware} all through the house, often sustaining the identical {hardware} in a single room.

It’s intriguing to see what lies past the following door slightly than anticipating extra of the identical. Learn up on our brass and glass door knobs for extra particulars on how {hardware} can remodel a room!

A brass and glass door knob on a white door

4) Combine up Your Toilet Vanities

So usually new builds will all have the identical vanities from one rest room to the following. 

Moderately than replace your self-importance, you may reface it by sanding, portray, or with including new {hardware} like we did on this nautical rest room.

I additionally love the look and ground house that you just get with a pedestal sink. You may lose slightly storage, however the bigger feeling within the room is invaluable!

A bathroom with pastel wallpaper and a wood mirror

5) Add Distinctive Lighting

Gather lovely classic and vintage lights and combine them with new fixtures. I promise, you received’t miss the “boob” lights your builder needed to place in.

Sadly my associates alerted me to their nickname and now that’s all I can take into consideration. I have to take away all of them from our dwelling – instantly! 

Should you’re able to improve your lighting, take a look at my full lighting design information, and our brass lighting procuring information.

A white kitchen with brass lanterns over the island

6) Improve Your Window Remedies

Make a room really feel taller by putting in curtain rods near the ceiling. Body your home windows with these secrets and techniques for how you can dangle curtains to get the look {of professional} model material.

Or, contemplate bamboo blinds for a recent, cool and inexpensive model. You received’t consider a few of these methods for taking your window therapies to the following stage!

White curtains in a room with pastel wallpaper

7) Add Board and Batten

Board and batten is an inexpensive wall therapy that requires much less carpentry abilities than image body moulding.

Add it to bedrooms, mudrooms, hallways and extra, for an prompt character-enhancing improve!

a small bathroom with beige board and batten on the walls


8) Improve Your Doorways

Builder’s grade hole core doorways don’t block sound and don’t add any element or attraction. However in case you can’t exchange them in the intervening time, be taught the suitable strategy to paint inside doorways.

Or, contemplate including a classic door for a particular point of interest in your house! It should add a lot character and may even be cheaper than new.

A hallway with white doors

9) Add Wallpaper

I’ve to be sincere, I am keen on wallpaper, however it may be laborious to commit, proper? Nonetheless, every time we’ve added wallpaper to an area it fully transforms it!

Should you’re daring, go for it! It provides a lot curiosity and persona to your own home, and I can stay vicariously via you!

A wallpapered bathroom with a white pedestal sink

10) Improve your Stairs

Stairs are usually discovered on the entrance, so eradicating the carpet out of your stairs, revealing the treads and risers, could make a big impression.

Should you’re in a more recent dwelling, it’s possible you’ll not have hardwoods underneath the carpet. That’s okay! Paint them and do this straightforward DIY staircase makeover with trendy stair runner rugs.

It fully reworked the lobby of our previous dwelling and I LOVE that we’ve been in a position to do the identical right here in St. Louis! 

An entryway with a wood bench and picture frame moulding

What’s your favourite manner so as to add character to a brand new dwelling?

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