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The influx in new construction is great, but it can also mean that sometimes luxury new-builds have a similar feel to them, particularly when they’re all built in a single neighbourhood. If you’re like most buyers, you want your home to stand out and have character, whether it’s a rich, old-world feel or a contemporary opulence. Here’s how to make your new-build stand out:

Upgrade your finishes. Elevate your home with luxurious finishes in the kitchen and bathroom, or anywhere you want a little more upscale character. Think marble countertops, hand-scraped hardwood flooring, lush carpet in the bedroom or brass fixtures in the bathrooms.

Opt for statement lighting. Great lighting has two perks: the right lighting can make a room seem bigger or more opulent, while the light fixture itself can add an element of character. Instead of sticking with boring track lighting or a standard flush mount, look for a chandelier or pendant that makes a statement and incorporates beautiful materials.

Look at unusual architectural features. Nothing says boring like a cookie-cutter layout. Dress up plain walls and ceilings with some extra features, such as coffered ceilings, crown molding or wainscotting. This can be done after you move in, but if you’re buying pre-construction, you may also be able to negotiate some of these with the builder.

Don’t forget that your furnishings will also help set the tone in a home. By decorating in a style that speaks to your values and aesthetics, you can help your new home feel like a true luxury retreat.