Modern and newly built houses can feel almost too new, so adding a touch of character and style can help make it feel like a home.
If you’re selling, you’ll want to appeal to buyers’ senses by highlighting the potential to help them envisage how it would feel to live there.
We caught up with interior stylist, Shane Calvino from Calvino Designs, to hear her top three tips on how to make a modern house feel homely.
Tip 1: Use greenery
Greenery is a great way to add an earthy feel to any space. Bringing the inside in will instantly give the home a homely vibe.
Shane suggests using a Fiddle Leaf Fig as the perfect indoor plant.
“The beautiful deep green colour in the leaves of a Fiddle Leaf Fig can add some style to the space and also create the feeling of nature,” says Shane.
Tip 2: Use textures
Textures are a great way to add depth and colour to any styled space.
“Preferably natural textures work best when styling a modern home,” Shane says.
You can bring out these textures in rugs, couches and accessories.
In this case, Shane has used a natural seagrass rug, black wicker chairs and a gorgeous leather sofa. These textures together have given this space an earthy vibe to set the mood of the room.
Tip 3: Go for a classic contemporary look
When staging a modern home it’s important to go for a classic contemporary look. If the styling is too dark or edgy, it won't appeal to buyers as much as a welcoming and warm homey vibe.
Shane suggests using modern furniture and toning it down with soft classic accessories.
“Flowers as an accessory will instantly soften any space. Using light soft colours will also help to give the room a contemporary feel.”
In this case she has used an edgy modern dining table and softened it with baby pink flowers in a contemporary style vase.