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New Build Living Room Ideas to Bring Your Home to Life

Pulling up the photos of your recently purchased home, you open a new tab and start searching for new build living room ideas. You have the perfect blank canvas for showing off your personality, but the thought of designing your dream living room from scratch is a daunting one.

Scrolling through inspiration, you imagine all the ways you could decorate your space to add character and make it uniquely your own. The space is cosy and full of life, with ambient lights and lamps creating just the right atmosphere. Vintage pieces of furniture give the room history, while unique accessories provide a captivating focal point.

Discover how to curate a space that bursts with charm and personality with our creative new build living room ideas.

5 cosy new build living room ideas

Moving into a new build gives you an exciting opportunity to curate a space that is truly your own, but the lack of existing décor, furnishings, and quirks can make it feel void of character if you don’t take the time to plan it properly.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be an interior design expert to create a beautiful new build living room – simply follow these tips to add warmth and personality to your new home.

1. Create history with vintage pieces

New build homes without any original features or old furnishings can sometimes feel soulless, which is why it’s a good idea to add at least one piece of vintage furniture to your living room.

Mid-century furniture is a great choice for new builds because it will blend seamlessly with the contemporary new build style. It’s best to avoid heavy antique furniture in a new build, as this might feel too big and out of place.

Image courtesy of @anniesfurnitureartuk

If you can’t find any vintage pieces that suit your style, opt for newer pieces that give off a vintage feel instead. Antique brass is a colour often associated with vintage furnishings – try adding an antique brass floor or table lamp to achieve the lived-in look.

Design tip: ‘When it comes to arranging your furniture, move your sofa a few inches from the wall’, says Ally Dowsing-Reynolds, interiors expert and co-founder of Dowsing & Reynolds. ‘This creates breathing room and makes a smaller living room feel more spacious.’

Image courtesy of @simpleyetstylish_home

2. Create an eye-catching focal point

New builds often lack a focal point or central feature in the main living room that ties the space together. To make your living room feel more welcoming, be sure to include an engaging focal point that draws people in.

Your focal point can be anything from a visually interesting piece of furniture to a statement ceiling light – anything that captures your attention as you enter the room.

‘Our bubble chandeliers make unique focal points’, says Ally. ‘Choosing a slightly oversized one will make your room feel larger, too.’ Bubble chandeliers are also a great choice because introducing circular items into your new build living room will help to break up the boxy feel and give the space more character.

Another great way to tie your living space together and show off your personality is by creating a gallery feature wall. This could include pieces of artwork that mean something to you, photos of your loved ones, or a combination of the two.

A gallery wall will instantly make your new build living room more inviting and give it that cosy ‘lived-in’ feel. There are no rules when it comes to creating a gallery wall, but try to choose a unifying theme that ties all of your artwork and photos together for a more cohesive look.

Image courtesy of @our_greenhouse_reno

Style tip: Mix and match different frames to add even more character to the room. You should also think carefully about lighting – in a dark room, add atmospheric wall lights to make sure your gallery wall is properly illuminated.

Image courtesy of @lisaweaverhome

4. Go bright and bold with your décor

One way to ensure your new build living room doesn’t feel bland and lifeless is to banish the neutrals completely, instead opting for bright and bold colours and patterns.

Mix and match different wallpapers, paint colours, and textures to create a totally unique space that expresses your personality.

If mixing and matching isn’t your style, you could always paint most of the room a pale neutral and accessorise with bright colour pops to draw your eyes around the space. This could be as simple as replacing dull white light switches with colourful light switches that stand out on your wall.

Style tip: ‘Use patterned cushions to brighten your sofa and change the covers with the seasons to keep your living room fresh’, Ally recommends.

5. Set the mood with a layered lighting scheme

One of the most effective ways of introducing warmth and atmosphere into a home is through lighting.

Layering different types of lighting helps to add depth to a room, which is especially important in new builds where the space can often feel flat and dull. It also allows you to set the right mood for any time of day.

Image courtesy of @gracieellehome

How to create a layered living room lighting scheme:

  1. Choose a ceiling light that fully illuminates the room.
  2. Add wall lights to create depth and a cosy ambience.
  3. Finish with floor and table lamps for another layer of visual interest and to make the space feel more relaxed.

Style tip: Always put your lights on dimmer switches to create the ideal ambience with ease.

The living room lighting fixtures you choose say a lot about your personality, so don’t be afraid to go bold with an eye-catching chandelier if that’s the style that appeals most to you.

Show us your new build living rooms

We’d love to see how you’ve used these new build living room ideas to add warmth and character to your new home. Tag us on Instagram @dowsingandreynolds – we can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!

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