How to Give Character to a Modern Home

2 April 2021



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Modern homes can often lack a sense of character. This is because many new properties are built in identically designed batches rather than being built to a unique style. Modern homes also haven’t had time to develop a history - wear and tear and improvements by previous owners can all help to create a sense of character in a home.

Fortunately, it’s still possible to give a newer property a sense of individuality. This all comes down to how you furnish and improve it. Below are just a few different ways in which you can develop character in a modern home.

Add Some History

There may not be much history within the walls of your home, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still add pieces of history through the contents. Investing in a few antique items could be a way of doing this. This could be anything from an old painting to a vintage dining table. There may even be hand-me-downs or second-hand store bargains that you can add to your home if you’re on a budget. Such items can still be mixed with modern items.

Go Bespoke

There may be ways of designing and building your own features. This could include custom furniture or entire bespoke renovations. There are companies that specialize in house interior design that can help to give your home a unique feel. Kitchens and bathrooms are some of the most popular rooms for adding a personal twist, however, you can add bespoke features to any room such as putting your own fitted wardrobe into a bedroom or designing a custom corner sofa for your living room.
 

Be bold with colours

Today’s new builds are almost always painted white. Other features such as bathroom fixtures and in-built storage units are also likely to be neutral in tone. Consider breaking away from the neutral colour palette with some bursts of colour. Reds, blues, yellows, greens, oranges and purples are all great for adding a statement. Even small features such as yellow cushions and curtains in a living room can make a difference.
 

Go wild with houseplants

Houseplants can help to make a modern home feel literally alive. Every houseplant is unique in the way it grows. Houseplants can also help to provide a burst of colour to an otherwise neutral room. Consider adding different plants to different rooms around your home. You can find a list of some of the best houseplants to try here.


Get personal

Personal belongings that paint a story of who you are can also help to bring character to your home. This could include photographs, home-made crafts, travel souvenirs, hobby equipment and trophies/certificates. Without these details, your home could feel a bit like a showhome. Don’t be afraid to show off who you are through your home so that feels lived in.


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