There are things you need to know before you begin decorating your new build home. Don’t ruin your fresh walls, follow these tips!

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Can I start decorating a new build house straight away?

The materials used in new built houses, such as timber and plaster need time to dry out before decorating a new build home. A new build home must be left to dry out.

Can you paint a new build?

decorating a new buildIt is advisable to wait for the house to dry out and settle as small hairline cracks and nail pops will appear in the first 6-12 months. This is completely normal. After this, there should be no problem decorating your new house. However, if you cannot wait to repaint your walls then it is advisable to use breathable paint which will not affect the drying process. 

How soon can I wallpaper in a new build house?

Again, it is recommended to wait 6-12 months before you wallpaper. This will allow the house to dry out and any hairline cracks that appear to be filled. If you wallpaper too early there is the possibility that the wallpaper may be damaged or need to be taken off for the cracks to be filled. 

Designing the interior of a new build home

Most importantly you must first decide what your style is! New build homes can be very versatile and easy to decorate once the drying process is over, making them the perfect property for people who like to change up their interior design! Use the 12 month drying period to really consider how you would like to design the inside of your home. Colour and texture is incredibly important to a home’s overall ambience, choose cool tones with wooden accents for a relaxing vibe throughout your home. Furthermore, make sure to consider your lighting – this can make or break any home design! During national lockdown restrictions, you may have to complete your own snagging survey of your own new build home, this is integral to complete (usually done before moving in) before you start to make the home your own.

Top tips for decorating a new build


  • Choose your wallpaper
  • Check your walls are smooth with no bumps or debris on the surface
  • If necessary, size the walls to seal new plaster
  • Have a clear workspace to hang the wallpaper
  • Align your pattern and spacing before you start
  • Do not cut your first piece exact, give it extra
  • Keep everything clean
  • Be careful around switches and sockets
  • Set up your equipment

Wallpapering Equipment Checklist

  • Wallpaper
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Lining paper if you are using it or sizing
  • Tape measure
  • Paste roller or brush
  • A dry brush
  • Spirit level or plumb line
  • Trimming knife
  • Seam roller
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Something to stand on, such as a ladder or stool – make sure this is safe and gives you enough room to reach the highest parts of the wall
  • Pasting table

Before decorating a new build home you should have completed a full snagging survey to check for internal or external issues with the home. To ensure you get the best experience possible with your brand new home contact Lively Professional Services.


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