Experts warn against this new build decorating mistake

Experts warn against this often overlooked, yet immensely costly, mistake you might not know you’re making when looking to decorate walls in a new build home.

The concept of moving house is one that’ll always bring excitement, even more so if you’ve managed to score the new build home of your dreams. What’s especially exciting about a new build is that it’s a blank canvas and an opportunity to put your own stamp on it.

However, what many people don’t know is that although new builds are undoubtedly beautiful and modern, they come with some decorating limitations upon arrival that surprisingly, not enough people know about.

Kitchen with grey tiled concrete floor, large marbled kitchen island, floor to ceiling glass doors to the patio and garden

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The new build decorating mistake to avoid

‘If you’ve just moved into a new-build home, your walls are most likely to be decorated with emulsion paint in a neutral or white tone. Many new homeowners leap at the chance to decorate over these default tones immediately but in reality, builders highly recommend leaving 12 months between moving in and decorating the walls,’ explains Mike Norton, trade and projects director at Magnet Trade.

Gold and white kitchen countertop, armchair, hanging wall art

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‘This is because new building materials, such as wood frames, concrete and plaster, need time to dry out slowly and ‘settle’. These new materials can also shrink or expand as they adjust to the space and temperature, hence why you may notice gaps in joinery and white deposits on the wall.’

‘Particularly in the UK, where the climate is colder and prone to fluctuation, this drying process can take longer.’

Modern white living room with concrete floors and feature wall, grey sofa and wood burner

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Mike Norton at Magnet Trade adds, ‘If you don’t wait it out, the cracks and damage are likely to be a lot worse and builders may not repair any damage as you have gone against their advice.’

‘Instead, you’ll be left with the added time, expense and waste of having to strip down and re-do the wallpaper and paint jobs yourself or from a tradesperson. Or, you may even have to re-plaster.’ And mind you, this could cost you up to £1000s, unless you’re willing to get your hands dirty and do the DIY projects yourself.

White painted living room with large windows, blinds, L shaped cream sofa

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We’re certain many of us may have this stigma that new-builds tend to always lean more ‘minimalist’ in the spectrum of home decor trends, and almost borderline ‘bland’ with the paint trends and living room colour schemes they seemingly choose to follow, but in reality, the walls are probably white and bare because they can’t decorate them.

White and grey kitchen countertops and storage units with appliances, door leading to another room

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