32 Things That Date Your Home (And How to Fix Them)
Trends come and go and, before you know it, what you thought was stylish once is now behind the times. If your home has any of these, it’s time for an update!
Dated: Old Window Treatments
Update: Blinds and Light Curtains
Dated: Floor-to-Ceiling Mirrors
We displayed this floor-to-ceiling mirror setup in 1982 inside an apartment. We said back then that floor-to-ceiling mirrors added a feeling of more space and also hid cabinetry and an entertainment center. You might notice the angled lighting creates a dramatic effect and helps point your eyes where the interior designer wanted you to focus. Mirrors have long been a device people use to make a small room feel bigger, but have you heard of these 14 ways to make a small room look bigger?
Updated: Big Picture Windows and Vaulted Ceilings
Big picture windows and vaulted ceilings will make any room look bigger. These options are obviously more expensive than hanging mirrors but in the long run, they will add to the resale value of your home. These are the best projects to increase your home’s resale value.
Dated: Old Wallpaper and Borders
Update: Painted Patterns
You can have your privacy and plenty of light in your bathroom without the use of glass block windows, which can come off as dated. Instead, try a skylight or a frosted window.
Dated: Faux Stone Fireplaces
There’s a lot going in this room but one thing that stands out is the faux rock fireplace. Homeowners moved away from the classic brick fireplace in the ’70s and ’80s to something like this. Then there’s the ubiquitous track lighting in the room and vertical blinds on the sliding glass door.
Updated: Real Stone Fireplace
Forget the faux and use real materials when updating your fireplace! Plus, you’ll want to check out this modern take on the stone fireplace.
Dated: Old Colors
Update: Clean Colors
Dated: Brass or Gold Light Fixtures
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Update: Modern Light Fixtures
Dated: Analog Thermostat Control
Update: Smart Thermostat
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Dated: Old Cabinet Hardware
Outed: Primary Colors
Bright color tend to indicate the strength of the economy. When colors turn brighter in clothing and decor, it’s generally because the economy is performing well. That’s what happened in the mid ’90s and it often took the form of primary colors in home decor. Follow these tips on choosing paint colors next time you’ve got a painting task.
Updated: Clean Fresh Colors
Variations of neutral color tones give your home a unique dimensional perspective. One-color neutral combinations may sound boring but when carefully planned, using tones of browns and grays can be serene and elegant. Dark blue is one neutral that works well for exteriors and selecting a trim color two shades darker from the siding color is a safe bet.
Dated: Wood Wall Panels
Update: Remove or Paint Over Panels
Dated: Popcorn Ceilings
Update: Ceilings With Clean Lines
Dated: Tile Countertops
Update: Modern Countertops
Dated: Carpeting in the Bathroom
Update: Bathroom Tile
Dated: Vinyl Flooring
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Update: Wood Floors