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Notting Hill Sales’ Top 5 Tips for Decorating a New Build on a Budget

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26 August 2016

New build homes are the perfect blank canvas to really put your stamp on, and with Shared Ownership, owning one is more attainable than ever before. But for any buyers finding the prospect of a blank canvas slightly bewildering, show homes at new developments can be a great source of inspiration.

Notting Hill Sales enlisted the help of renowned designer Ann Loxley and her team at Interior Architecture UK, to transform one of the apartments at Drummond House at Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich into a stunning show home. Ann reveals some simple tricks of the trade which can be used turn any new build into an inviting home - without breaking the bank.

1.       Know when to spend and when to save

Furnishing a home can be expensive, especially for first-time buyers who don’t have any pre-existing furniture. Knowing when to spend and where you can save helps to keep things affordable. Invest in good quality key pieces, such as sofas, as it will be more cost-effective than replacing items every few years. Look out for classic shapes in neutral, hardwearing fabrics, like the sophisticated grey sofa we chose for Drummond House.

 2.       Add character with interesting furniture

Don’t rush to buy everything at once from the same high street store, as this can leave a room lacking character. Instead, be patient and find items that you love in a variety of styles and materials. This is a great way of making sure a room really reflects your tastes and personality. Being selective and not overfilling a room helps individual pieces really stand out, and is also budget friendly! In the Drummond House living area, the combination of the modern dining table and chairs, retro sideboard and marble-topped coffee table is eclectic without being cluttered.

 3.       Don’t panic about choosing a room layout

When it comes to positioning furniture, an absence of obvious focal features such as fireplaces can really throw some people. The Drummond House apartments are fitted with TV and cable points in the living area and master bedroom, which can be a great basis for choosing a room layout in a new build property. However, if your TV point is in an inconvenient spot, don’t worry, keep an eye out for unusually shaped furniture that makes best use of the space. Items like corner media units can be a cheap and easy solution, as well as providing extra storage.

 4.       Add colour with accessories

Adding furniture and accessories in one or two accent colours is a great way of introducing colour without overpowering a room. Accessories can also be easily updated, so the room never ends up looking tired, even if you haven’t changed the wall colours in years. Grey works beautifully with yellow and blue to create a really chic and contemporary colour palette, so at Drummond House we added chairs, cushions and artwork in fun shades of yellow and blue which really lift and brighten the room.

5.       Accentuate big windows

New builds are often designed to maximise space and light, and the apartments at Drummond House have fantastic floor-to-ceiling windows. Make the most of big windows with beautiful bespoke window dressings, which needn’t be expensive. In the living area, we used very simple white blinds, so as not to detract from the room’s clean lines and modern minimalism, while heavy curtains in an expensive-looking fabric instantly make a room feel luxurious, so are a great choice for master bedrooms.


The latest addition to the £1.5billion regeneration of Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich, Greenwich, Drummond House is Notting Hill Sales’ brand new scheme of one and two bedroom apartments, available with Shared Ownership. Apartments are modern in design, with a quality specification in spacious, open plan living areas.

Just a short walk from home, Woolwich Arsenal Pier offers quick and easy Riverboat services into central London, including stops at London Bridge, the Southbank (London Eye) and Blackfriars, ideal for commuters opting against trains and buses as a method of commuting.

The development will offer additional onsite facilities including shops, a museum, gym, cafes, restaurants, all within easy reach from home.

Prices at Drummond House start from £86,250 for a 25% share based on the full market value of £345,000 for a one bedroom apartment. For further details call 020 815 1111 or visit www.nottinghillhousing.org.uk/drummondhouse