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Tips to Make Your New Build Feel More Like Home

Moving into a new home can be equally exciting and overwhelming. There’s so much to plan and do, from unpacking to decorating and choosing furniture. Here's how to make your new house feel like home in 4 easy to follow steps.

Tips to Make Your New Build Feel More Like Home

Focus on One Room at a Time

Trying to do too much all at once is a surefire way to become overwhelmed! Instead, break it down and focus on one room at a time, starting with the rooms where you’ll be spending most time.

This will differ depending on your lifestyle but as a guide, you might want to prioritise your living room and main bedroom.

This will allow you to invite guests over to see your new place and also means you’ll have somewhere to relax if you need to escape the chaos while you work on other spaces in the house.

Use Colour and Texture to Your Advantage

New builds can be neutrally decorated - a blank canvas for you to unlease your personality. The best way to add instant cosiness and a homely feel is through the use of colour and texture.


Rich, jewel-like tones are great at creating an illusion of depth and adding warmth to spaces. Think emerald green, mustard yellow, and deep burgundy.

If you’re worried about a room looking too dark, keep the colour to one feature wall and then sprinkle accents throughout, for example in scatter cushions, curtains or a rug.


Textures can be introduced by opting for soft furnishings in different fabrics and layering textures through furniture, for example using natural wood, rattan or leather.

Tips to Make Your New Build Feel More Like Home

Be Smart When Filling the Space

There can be a temptation to fill empty rooms up in an attempt to make them feel cosy, but this can lead to overcrowded spaces and a chaotic feel.


Avoid cluttering up your new home by measuring carefully before buying furniture to ensure a perfect fit, and introduce items one at a time so you can get a feel for how they impact the space, and where they should be positioned.


Being intentional with your furniture choices will also save you money, and hunting for that perfect piece to finish a room off can become a fun pastime!

Add Personal Touches

Personal touches are what makes a house feel like a home so don’t be afraid to show who you are and what’s important to you in the design and décor of your new place.


Display your favourite photographs and artwork you love, and give souvenirs and special mementoes pride of place. Kitchens can be made more homely with the addition of accessories, such as open shelving to display cookbooks, or hanging racks for pots and pans.

In the bathroom, little finishing touches like scented candles and soft towels can add pops of colour and help to personalise an otherwise neutral space.


Houseplants are also a great addition to any room, as not only do they have many health benefits but they can also create an inviting atmosphere that will help make your new-build feel like home.

And there you have it! From blank canvas new built house to a cozy home, in four simple steps! You got this!


Jenny Kakoudakis

Jenny Kakoudakis likes to blog about travel. She launched the award-winning Seasons in Colour in 2014. When she is not chasing criminals out of the financial system (her day job), she loves traveling around the world.

Read about her travel recommendations here.


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