Guest Blog – 5 Ways To Add Character To A Modern Home

You’re in for a treat this week as we hand over the reins to our lovely friend and fellow interiors blogger Sam from @dove_cottage. She certainly has some wisdom to share, so don’t go anywhere. Grab a cuppa, get comfy and let her talk you through how you can inject some soul into a modern, characterless home.

I make no secret of the fact that I often find styling my modern home a struggle, and regularly find myself wishing my three-bed semi had some of the character older properties seem to have in bucketloads. However if, like me, the country cottage or Victorian townhouse isn’t quite in your grasp just yet, there are some ways you can inject a bit of personality and period style into a new build… 

Create the illusion of space 

If your home is anything like mine, small room sizes are a problem. However there are lots of tricks you can use to create the illusion of space. My personal favourite is lots of large mirrors to bounce light around a room – perfect for those of us lusting after big sash windows too! 

Update your radiators … or cover them up

Replacing your dated radiators with traditional column style ones is always a good way to add traditional charm to any room. However, a cheaper (and easier) alternative is a radiator cover to hide any eye-sores – and a great opportunity to create a focus point in any room. Plus it’s an extra space to style with pretty accessories, isn’t it?!

Work wonders with wall panelling 

Traditional style wall panelling is a relatively easy way to add some serious character to a space. Working particularly well within a bathroom or hallway, use contrasting colours, such as a light, bright colour against a bold dark shade. If you don’t want to commit fully however, why not use a dado rail instead, or, if you’re blessed with high ceilings, a traditional style picture rail? 

Photo credit: Farrow & Ball

Update boring flooring

Period homes always seem to do feature flooring so well, however it’s easier than ever to make a splash underfoot with so many stunning traditional-style tiles available, or even tile-effect vinyl, you don’t need to shell out to get the look.

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Fake a fireplace

One of the features I dream of having one day is a fireplace – however don’t let the lack of chimney prevent you from creating a beautiful feature in your lounge! How about upcycling a vintage mantelpiece and styling with logs, candles or fairy lights in place of a fire? 

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