Charm School: Adding Character to a Builder Home

Decorating ideas for blank rooms in new construction homes

By Kathy Barnes


If your new house suffers from plain, boxy rooms, you'll love these ideas that give character to plain or recently constructed rooms.

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Living Room by Andrea Schumacher

Problem: Builder home's room can lack display storage.

Solution: Many rooms with a flat wall or a simple fireplace wall can be enhanced with built-in bookshelves.

A wall of shelves
allows you to put your personality on display as well as keep your favorite books at hand. If you're adding built-ins, consider including space for your media collection, too. 

Read Shelving Simplified: 9 Ideas for Living Rooms.
Living Room
by Andrea Schumacher

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