Charm, character, personality, homeyness—you know it when you see it, and yet it’s such a hard concept to put your finger on . . . For one thing, everyone’s idea of charm is different. Some people adore homes with old-fashioned architecture and elaborate details, while others find those same details excessive and cloying. Some people appreciate homes with clean lines, while others think minimalism is boring and banal. Charm can mean whatever you want it to mean, but it’s important that you find (or create!) a home that reflects your personal style.
Since we talk a lot about home building on this blog, today we’re going to focus on adding charm to a new house. If you aren’t careful when you build a custom house, it could end up looking blank, basic, and boring. Rectangular rooms, beige walls, and standard design details can easily result in a home with no personality! Check out our tips below to ensure that your new abode isn’t just another ho-hum house.
Adding Charm to a New House
Find inspiration. Building your own home is the ultimate opportunity to be creative with your home’s architecture and interior design. But if you aren’t much of a designer, try browsing home magazines, scrolling through Pinterest, or even watching HGTV. You’ll start to notice that relatively minor (but important) design details are what give a home its style and personality.
Step outside the box. So many homeowners are afraid to make unexpected choices when it comes to their home’s design. So be daring! Embrace atypical options that are outside of your comfort zone! Safe choices are practical, but they also tend to be bland.
Consult friends whose style you admire. If you don’t feel confident in your own design sense, ask someone with great style for help! They’ll probably be flattered that you asked and, assuming they enjoy architecture and interior design, they’ll probably relish the experience.
Infuse style into utilitarian spaces. Homes need basic and practical elements like closets, pantries, and laundry rooms, but just because they’re essential that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. If you’re afraid to place a daring light fixture in your foyer, consider hanging it in your laundry room. It’ll be your own, charming little secret!
Add unexpected details. Details are the key to a charming, alluring space. Consider adding elegant molding, antique doorknobs, regal cornices, mosaic tiles, a diamond-shaped window, a super sleek countertop, a vintage door . . . Look for unique pieces that feel special to you, items that draw your eye, and elements that make you smile! Charm is a very personal concept, but generally you’ll find that charming homes eschew cookie-cutter elements in favor of interesting details.
It’s hard to nail down exactly what will add charm to your home, but we hope that this post will (at the very least) remind you to consider your new home’s personality. Basic homes are hard to hate, but they’re also hard to love.
If you’re planning to build a new (and very charming) home and you live in southwest Missouri, give the Bailey Company a call. We’re a premium construction company based in Springfield, Missouri, and we’d be happy to tackle any home project you throw at us. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.
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