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There’s a lot to think about when taking that first step on the property ladder. Once you’ve found your perfect property, the paperwork is complete and you’ve got the keys to your new home, it’s time to think about how you’re going to put your own stamp on it.

Eileen Kesson of Envision, who has designed many of our showhomes across Scotland, discusses the key things to think about when creating the interiors of your first home.

Eileen said: “There are three main areas which will help ground your interiors scheme and should form the backbone of your plans. Once you have planned out these key aspects of your spaces, it will be much easier to layer in accents and decorative pieces.

“Especially when it comes to open-plan or apartment living, design the entire floor as one space, rather than having too many differing finishes and textures.”


“The flooring you choose for your home is literally the base of your design. This should be your very first consideration.

“If you can use the same flooring throughout your apartment or home, it’s a great way to connect the rooms and create a natural flow from one to the next.”


“A handy tip when deciding on furniture is to always use room visualisers to double check sizes and scale to make sure the pieces are right for your home and you don’t get an unexpected surprise when something turns out to be too big or small for the space. Some furniture companies such as have a room visualiser tool on their website.

“You can also use your home floorplan to plot out where furniture should go and try out different layouts before you decide. For example, when kitting out an apartment, you might wish to consider a single large statement sofa paired with smaller occasional chairs to create different seating options.

“It is also important to try to match up smaller details to create a look that is more considered and thought out. For instance, you could make sure the leg finishes on your sofa match your chairs or table legs.”


“It’s always best if your reading and mood lighting comes from lamps rather than overhead lights. Floor lamps are a great option to keep spaces clear and free of clutter.

“Remember your TV is also a big source of light, so when it is switched on, the rest of the lighting in the room can be more ambient and soft.”

Take a look at our Instagram page, for home décor ideas and inspiration from our showhomes.

To find out more about our developments, visit our Homes for Sale page. 

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