How to Decorate Your New Construction Home

Buying a new construction home is an exciting step in the home buying process.

After deciding on the ideal home and location, you get to pick out all of the finishes and fixtures and customize them to fit your style.

But with so many choices available, it can be hard to decide how to make your new home stand out from the rest. This article will explore how to make your home look modern and decorate it on your own.

If you are unsure what your decorating style is, take this short quiz to find out!

Here are some tips on how to make your model home look modern and unique while remaining true to your decorating style and tastes in interior design.

modern living room with square shaped ceiling beams

Introduction to New Construction Home Buying

You will first be introduced to the model home when shopping for your new construction home.

Model homes are the display homes used in a new subdivision to help sell the rest of the brand new homes.

When touring model homes, it’s essential to know that most model homes have approximately $100K of upgrades or decor.

Understanding this will help you determine what upgrades and decor you may need to invest in so that when you purchase your home, you can design it the way you initially fell in love with it.

black ceiling beams along white ceiling and white wall paint in open concept living room

If you’re interested in purchasing a model home and making it uniquely yours… you’ve come to the right place. My journey working with clients building new homes started years ago. Asking a ton of questions and sharing home decor inspiration was where it all started.

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Ideas to Decorate Your New Construction Home

When I first started as a real estate agent, it wasn’t easy because many of my clients were relocating to Orlando, Florida, and most of the process was done online. Due to this, I had to get creative fast!

Over the years, I have helped hundreds of clients create the home of their dreams.

overview of open concept living room with sectional sofa and accent rug with kitchen in background

Everyone processes a home differently. To make this process easiest I first wanted to understand how they would like to live in their home. Next was understanding how they lived in their existing homes.

This created the foundation of how to create the perfect new construction home priced in the $200,000 to $1,000,000. The framework is the same, no matter the cost.

Set a Budget

Setting an initial budget is crucial for this process because upgrades and decor can quickly add up. As I mentioned, model homes tend to have thousands of dollars worth of upgrades and decorations.

hanging couch swing on front porch with coffee table

First and foremost, it is possible to negotiate your upgrade budget or find an existing home inventory. Home inventory is a home that the builder completed and is ready to go.

Many of my clients think they need to spend more money to get what they want because they rely only on the builder to provide them with the ideas.

I can often help clients stay under budget because they need another set of eyes to see what possibilities are available and how to negotiate a better price.

When you decide on the model home, the selection of style and decor is where everything starts.

Choose a Decorating Style

The first thing you should do is identify your decorating style. Unfortunately, very few homeowners identify with one design style. However, you can pair a few of them together to look cohesive.

If you aren’t sure what your style is, you can take this quiz.

Today, modern design is very popular. And the best part is that you can pair any design style with a modern edge. For example, a very popular design style in Florida is the contemporary farmhouse decorating style.

So if you are dreaming about a modern-style home but want to add a different flavor, don’t be afraid to explore other interior decorating techniques to go with it!

Here are a few trending interior design styles for you to consider:

Assign a Function to Each Room

Deciding how each room will be used is where I shine! This is exciting because you can customize your entire home to fit your needs.

sputnik chandelier above coffee table in living room area in open concept main floor

For example, some homeowners use bedrooms for office space. Others use the flex space as a dining area, while others want movie rooms or theaters.

After you know what layout your home will have, you can really get creative in deciding what setup you will have in each space.

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Purchase Hardware

If you want to add an even more unique style to the home, you should focus on the hardware in the kitchen and bathroom.

chunky brass hardware on kitchen cupboards

Hardware is a good way to make a home unique because it’s one of the few ways you can add personality to a space. The options of finishes and styles are endless!

Related: 15 Best Drawer Pulls to Spruce Up Any Room

huge walk in shower with extensions with different tile option and pebbled flooring


Personally, I prefer hardwood floors when possible. However, they should also remain the same throughout each space in the home. The consistent look throughout makes a home feel larger and more cohesive.

In addition, there are many different opinions about flooring. Some people prefer tile because it is easy to clean, while others prefer hardwood because it is a more luxurious feeling.

There are also a variety of other materials to choose from, such as bamboo and vinyl.

Ultimately, it is up to the individual homeowner to decide what they prefer.

wooden floors on main floor around staircase with dark colored railing and stairs


One of the simplest and most affordable ways to add personality and style to your kitchen is with a beautiful backsplash. Tile is popular for backsplashes because it comes in many different colors, styles, and sizes. You can find tile that perfectly matches your kitchen’s decor or choose a contrasting style to make a bold statement.

The look of tile as a backsplash is always stylish. I love the chic look, especially behind the stovetop in the kitchen.

In addition, some options for kitchen backsplashes are stainless steel, mosaic tile, and glass tile. All these materials come in various colors and styles to fit your individual taste.

Countertop Selections

Popular choices for kitchen countertops include granite or quartz. The right countertop style can make a kitchen look unique to your style and finalizes the durability of the kitchen space.

Granite is a natural stone that comes in many different colors and styles. The most popular type is dark granite or white granite.

Quartz is an engineered stone with a wide range of colors and styles. It is less expensive than granite but still gives the kitchen a luxurious look.

Some other options for kitchen countertops are marble, soapstone, and laminate.

Custom Kitchen with Pendant Lighting and flooring with large kitchen island

Ceiling Designs

This architectural design is a showstopper. It is very trendy and made to impress! Ceiling beams can work too. Either option adds much character to the living space, especially if you like a minimalist design.

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Ceiling beams can work too. Either option adds lots of character to the living space, especially if you like a minimalist design.

dark colored wood beams along the ceiling with hanging lights

Create Accent Walls

There are so many design choices when it comes to accent walls. However, However, I really love how the different color combinations can give the space personality.

Choosing a color for an accent wall is simple once you know what color palette and style you want to go with. Your accent wall can be placed on your TV or in the living room.

Related: How to Create an Eye-Catching TV Accent Wall

large built in chalkboard taking up entire wall space in office

Create Storage Spaces

If possible, I recommend creating a storage space like a drop zone. You will love the organization; as seen below, you can make it happen with style!

Related: 9 Wall Ledge Decorating Ideas for Beginners

built in shelves with basket and a bench in a drop zone near door leading to garage

Did you like any of these ideas for creating a unique model home? I hope you’ll find these ideas helpful during your decision-making process for purchasing your dream home. Best of luck!

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How Do I Know What Style I Want?

There are a few ways to determine your design style:

  1. Look at magazines and websites for inspiration.
  2. Take pictures of spaces you like and compile them into an inspiration board.
  3. Ask friends or family members for their opinions on what styles they think you might like.

Finally, take this interior decorating quiz!

Bottom Line

Now that you know a little bit more about new construction homes, it’s time to start thinking about the features you want in your new home.

Whether you’re looking for extra bedrooms for office space or a unique layout for your home entertainment area, there are plenty of options for new construction. Keep in mind the advice in this article, and you’ll be sure to design the perfect new construction home for you and your family.

I’m often asked the following questions by new and prospective clients looking for help with interior design and decorating.

Why can a new build feel like it’s lacking personality?

People often feel it is cookie-cutter and cannot envision the multiple design style that can be achieved. However, when you think of it as a remodel, you can see the available potential options.

How can you determine what to add to your model home?

It is all about understanding what your design style is. That determines the style of flooring, paint colors, and kitchen design.

What’s the easiest way to make a new build feel old?

Once you have signed the contract with the builder, you are looking to have your design appointment in 30 days or less. The average wait time is two weeks. When you’ve moved into your new model home, the next thing to do is decorate! You can learn more about where to start when decorating a home here.

How long do you have to wait until you can decorate a new build?

Once you have signed the contract with the builder, you are looking to have your design appointment in 30 days or less. The average wait time is 2 weeks.

What should I consider when choosing paint colors?

First, consider which decorating style you want. If you are leaning toward a modern look, be sure to use light and neutral colors. You can also check out this article to learn more about popular color schemes for Florida homes.

What kind of furniture should I buy?

The type of furniture you choose should depend on the size of the space, the decorating style, and the color scheme. For example, if you are going for a modern organic style, you can choose furniture with exposed wood and natural elements. In addition, a modern decorating style tends to use light, simple, and clean furniture.

When you’ve moved into your new model home, the next thing to do is decorate! You can learn more about where to start when decorating a home here.

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