How to Modernize your Outdated Home
Does your home feel old and out of touch with the times? Have you wondered what you can do to update its style and make it trendier? But do you also worry about the cost and effort of such a project? If you said yes to these questions, we have the answers for you.
The fact is every house is eventually going to get old. It doesn’t matter how well designed the home is, this is bound to happen. As TEJRentals.com explains, that’s because the popular house design trends are always changing as technology advances and buyer preferences shift.
And when preferences shift, you can’t go back and rebuild your home; you have to stay with what you have. But you don’t need to rebuild the home to bring it into the modern era. Updating your home does not require making massive changes to the property.
You just need to understand the difference between style, class, and function. Although the style of a house may become outdated, the house does not have to stop being classy. Every home can remain functional regardless of the style and age of the building.
An old-style home is one thing, but an obsolete home is an entirely different matter. In this article, we outline simple things you can do to pull your old home out of the past, into the modern period. You will be able to restore its appeal without giving up the quiet dignity that’s associated with old homes.
1. Declutter and clean your outdated house
Giving the home a deep clean gives you the chance to look at the house with new eyes. You will be able to audit your belongings and reassess the usefulness of each item. You don’t know how much clutter you have accumulated until you do this process.
Simply getting rid of unused stuff and cleaning your carpets, will make the home feel fresh. Doing a deep clean helps you see the true state of the house. You can accurately assess the condition of various areas or objects in the home to determine the next steps.
2. Create More Space in your outdated home
Modern homes have simple furniture and a lot of open space. They are designed to maximize airflow and allow ease of movement. This is in contrast to older homes which often have huge furniture pieces.
Creating more space introduces the streamlined flow of a modern home into your old home. A few ways to do this are replace large furniture with sleek modern ones, rearrange furniture to make rooms look bigger, get rid of carpets, discard old appliances, remove stacks of paper and other stuff, and rearrange cords and cables to hide or make them less messy.
3. Update window treatments
Blinds, shutters, and drapes determine how much light gets into the home and they serve as a backdrop to the entire room. They can make a room feel confined just by looking at the window treatments in a home, you can guess in what year the home was designed.
In place of inefficient old window treatments use modern options like bright-colored drapery panels, sheer curtains, eco-friendly blinds made of rattan or bamboo, metal binds with wood-like appearance or roman blinds.
4. Repaint the Outdated Home
Everything in the home is blanketed by the color of the paint on walls and ceilings. If the paint is dull, faded, or old-fashioned, it will cloak everything in the home with these qualities. When painting your house, you must approach it strategically.
Merely applying a new coat of paint is not enough, the color palette you chose matters. Choose neutral colors for the interior as they will make rooms feel brighter, roomier, and airier. You should pay special attention to the colors for trims and crown moldings.
5. Update the light fixtures and power outlets
If the rooms in the home are poorly-lit, most of your redesign efforts will become invisible at night. Poor lighting also makes rooms feel cramped. Additionally, aging light fixtures will feel out of place against the now redesigned home.
Replacing light fixtures and power outlets with modern versions that are more efficient and attractive will create an overall better result. The position of lighting also matters by having sufficient lighting at various levels of each room, you will achieve the most illumination.
6. Update Hardware
Door and cabinets handles as well as, plumbing fittings, draw a lot of attention. Swapping worn out old designs for modern ones will have an immediate impact and lift your outdated home into the current. Visitors’ eyes instinctively go to the handles on doors and drawers, as well as, the faucets on kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Small changes in these areas can have a major impact. When changing the hardware on kitchen and bathroom cabinets, it is also a good idea to refresh the cabinets themselves by refacing or repainting them.
In closing, although far from being everything you can do in your home; these steps will get you on your way to a more modern home. Enjoy doing them. Cheers.
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