Moving into a fresh house can often feel like a monumental task. But once you’ve gotten over the preliminary hurdle that is uprooting you and your family and physically moving all the material possessions of your life from one location to another, you get to start the fun part of this lengthy process: designing and organizing the brand new space. Yes, we’re talking interior design for new-build homes. Here are all of the styling essentials you’ll need for moving in and making a house into a home.
Interior design inspiration for your new-build home:
Ask any home builders in Sydney and other large cities, and they’ll all tell you that the most wonderful thing about building project homes is being able to provide young families with a cost-efficient method of finding themselves in modern homes equipped with modern features. These homes are generally built with contemporary facades made with fresh materials, like the timeless exposed timber and red brick, textured stone columns, and weatherboard in a variety of colors.
With your choice of exterior colours from the get-go, you should already have some understanding of what colours you’d like to incorporate into your interior home design too. If not, consider working backward by looking at your own furniture and decor first and arranging your interiors around these pre-existing elements.
Picking a colour scheme for your new home is also basically where you’ll start with personalising your fresh space too! Think about incorporating a nice feature wall or two into your living spaces, and painting bedrooms so that they’re more reflective of the room’s occupants.
Combining styles and themes
Modern interior design styles are quite bold and dynamic, and usually involve incorporating a variety of elements borrowed from different and potentially even clashing styles. And it’s more than okay to get experimental even when it comes to designing with a style or theme in mind.
In fact, throwing out your books is rapidly becoming the new way of going ‘by the book’, if that makes sense. If not, think of it like this.
More and more people are embracing minimalist principles without strictly adhering to the style as a whole because we can appreciate the benefits of minimalist living whilst also embracing the impulse to express ourselves through our homes. Combining minimalist principles with boho decor essentially adds an extra dimension to any space, and in doing so, presents the occupants of that space as multi-dimensional as well.
Embrace the freedom to pick and choose what elements of different styles you’d like to incorporate into your home, and rest easy in the knowledge that 2020 is the year to be you!
Designing with accents
Speaking of coming into this new decade, we’ve definitely been experiencing a cultural shift from adhering to themes to embracing personalisation in a major way. One of the primary reasons for this has been the emergence of accent pieces of furniture and decor.
Designers are getting bolder with their choices, which has led to the creation of a myriad of fantastic accent pieces like velour furniture, statement fireplaces, and asymmetric or even geometric surfaces over traditional tabletops. Then there’s the question of glass vs. wood table tops.
The revival of art deco and the whole aesthetic that accompanied the original ‘Roaring Twenties’ is also taking the interior design world by storm, and interior designers themselves are finding fresh ways to balance out the madness every single day.
And that’s the thing! With all this colourful and textural noise, it can be tricky finding new ways to keep your home feeling balanced and not cataclysmically messy with life! That is unless you identify the accents that you absolutely must have and work your interior spaces around accommodating these accents and these accents alone.
Consider utilising the 60-30-10 rule as a template to help get the ball rolling. The 60% refers to the main color of the room, while 30% is the secondary color, and 10% is the accent color.
Final words on interior design for new-build homes
Designing with a modern facade is infinitely easier than organising interiors for period-style homes, so it’s best to view your newly-built home like a blank canvas. Take a moment on your moving day to breathe in the freshness of your white walls and brand new flooring, just as a palate cleanser before you get your creative juices flowing. A few seconds of fresh air might make a world of difference!