When building your custom home, you may feel overwhelmed by how to add character to it. Ridgeline Homes is here to help – here are a few ways to add character to custom homes.

Wood Tones

A very simple way to add depth and warmth when creating your custom home is with wood tones in the flooring and/or cabinetry.

The flooring, in particular, has a significant impact on both the look and feel of your home. It’s one of the largest elements and has the ability to take your home from a blank slate to a distinctive and attractive place. Wood flooring, paired with wood tones in your cabinetry, sets the tone of the character in your home, allowing you to influence architecture into your personal decorative style. Just be sure the wood tones you choose are right for the style you’re going for! Dark tones can make your home feel warm and classic, while white wood has a modern appeal.

Bold Lighting Fixtures

If you want to add some character to your home, choose bold and unique lighting fixtures. The bright overhead lighting can be helpful for tasks, but it can also make your home feel less original and stark.

Take the time to look through many lighting fixtures when building your home, and choose some interesting pieces that will suit your style! Chandeliers are classic and elegant, pendant lights can come in a variety of unique styles – there’s plenty out there to choose from that will add character and help with the ambiance of your rooms.

Detailed Hardware

Something that older homes have that resonates with homebuyers is antique hardware. Unique and beautiful looking, they also feel weighty and solid when you touch them. So why not add detailed hardware to your home instead of something standard?

Choosing different hardware, such as door handles, cabinet pulls, and light switches, can help create a cohesive look throughout and instantly add character to custom homes. Just make sure you’re choosing hardware with the same finish, such as aged brass or matte black, so it can tie together the overall design and create a unified look.


White and grey paint can certainly help your home look and feel clean. But even something as simple as adding color to the walls of your custom home build can inject a little character and personality.

Colors, especially those that are bold, can add visual interest and depth to a space. Depending on what color you choose, it can create a cozy or intimate space or make a room feel lively and energetic. Deep blues, rich greens, and velvety browns are great options to consider. And it’s one of the easiest ways to add character to your new home!

Unconventional Materials

Custom homes offer extensive opportunities for creating homes that fit each family’s visions and dreams. One of the fun ways you can add character to your custom home is by using unconventional materials. By using a combination of both traditional and unconventional materials, you can incorporate a number of features to meet the needs of your family, the demands of your lifestyle, and the aspirations for your home.

If you want your home to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly, you can use and even highlight reclaimed, recycled, or repurposed materials in an accent wall. Unconventional materials can also be used to enhance the character of traditional features, such as petrified wood for a bathroom sink or a black walnut slab for a built-in bar top.

Eye-Catching Front Door

If you want your home’s character to be apparent from the street, consider choosing an eye-catching front door. After all, that is the first thing people see from outside and can set an impression of what is to come indoors. And like paint, it’s an easy way to add character to your custom home. Choosing unique designs and finishes can help homeowners to express their personal style and create a sense of individuality.

You can do this by choosing a door with a unique style, like differently shaped windows or even stained glass windows. Or choose a different material, like a timber or composite door. Last but not least, think about the front door hardware. Replace your door handles, knockers, and letterboxes with brass fittings to give them a classic look.

We’re Ready to Help Build You a Custom Home with Character

We hope these ideas help you design a custom home that’s perfect for you and your family. If you’re ready to build the home of your dreams, our team is ready to help you.

At Ridgeline Homes, we don’t just build houses; we build beautiful custom homes to suit the dreams of the families we work for. We help you make your vision come to life and will assist you in choosing the perfect lot in Montrose, Colorado, all the way down to the small details, like knobs on your cabinets. We also schedule several walk-throughs throughout the building process and send you notifications when milestones are achieved. Let us show you how simple and enjoyable custom homeownership can be. We’re ready to start this exciting process with you.

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