Out With The Old In With The New?

Until recently there were two separate camps of buyers – those who would only consider period properties with their “character” and original features, and those who favoured the easy-living low-maintenance of new build. Period properties have for some time been deemed a money pit and the brand new shiny homes “characterless” but there are pros and cons to both property types.


You may face issues such as heating costs, electrical issues and general maintenance of an older property but have you taken into consideration the additional hidden costs that you may not have factored in on your new build? Is the turf for the gardens or the flooring all part of the deal or are you going to get stung with an over inflated quote for a mediocre finish? Have you taken into consideration that new houses often need all kinds of add on’s from curtain rails to a new telephone connection and TV aerials? If you’re teetering on the edge of which camp to pick make sure you have all the information and get an in depth full survey done so there aren’t any nasty surprises later down the line.

With a period property you’re governed slightly by the existing features (part of the reason you feel in love with the property in the first place) it’s important to maximise those and choose your interiors to compliment and work in harmony with the rest of the house. It is possible to achieve a more contemporary look in a period property but it’s tricky to nail without ruining the essence of the home. In some aspects working with a blank canvas of a new build can be harder as you’re working with nothing and the task of starting from the beginning for each room can be pretty daunting (panic not we’re here to help!).



Whatever your taste or style interiors are what make your house a home, from the colour palettes you choose to the sofas where you’ll be entertaining friends it’s your statement so don’t rush into making impulsive decisions you will regret in a years time. If you are redecorating one room at a time then put the whole scheme together first, mood boards are a great way to visualise the end result and iron out any potential mistakes before it’s too late. If you’re planning on an entire house project ensure the rooms flow seamlessly into one another to create a feeling of space, light and elongation. Perhaps the draw of a pristine newly magnolia painted house with a sparkling new kitchen and bathrooms is pulling you in, whatever you decide on make the very most after all it’s the most expensive purchase you’ll make!


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Top 5 Interior Design Tips

Consider Scale

When decorating small spaces, scale is important forgo the need to fill the space with everything you think need and focus on comfort and usage. Consider every aspect, of course the atheistic aspect is important but so is practicality and functionality. A real dining table you can spread out on, a sofa rather than a love seat, comfortable accent seating, and plenty of lighting options.

Mix Materials

One of the most important aspects of any design project is the interaction between the various elements in the project, create interest with textile choices, more than just by mixing patterns. Use exciting mixes of textiles by layering leather with silk, or wool with linen, you can keep your rooms exciting and engaging.



Use Colour

Coloured ceiling fixtures add an unexpected pop to any room. Sometimes it’s the piece that can tie the whole room together, and other times it can mirror a colour on the floor, but it’s always a hit.


Don’t Overlook Your Trim

When painting, don’t forget the trim! If you are wallpapering, match the ground in the paper for a more unified look, or pop an accent colour for something bolder.  Attention to the trim immediately elevates the entire look of a space.


Change Your Floor Plan

Don’t be afraid to rearrange your furniture, moving items in a room gives it a whole new feeling. Go all out and move your wall art and accessories you’ll feel like you moved into a completely new home.