Whether you bought or inherited an old home, you might feel the need or be tempted to give it a complete makeover from top to bottom. However, you don’t need to spend a fortune on renovating a period property. Sometimes, even the smallest of changes go a long way in making the home feel refreshed and rejuvenated, and with a couple of interior design tricks up your sleeve, you can easily transform the look of an older home and turn it into a dwelling suited for the needs of a modern family. Here are some of the best decor tips that will help you bring life back into a traditional home and make it feel as good as new.
Conceal quirky windows with subtle, sheer drapery
Older homes usually have their windows positioned awkwardly, which often gives the new homeowners headaches. Since they don’t know what to do with them, many opt to contact the professionals to rid their homes of these quirky windows. However, there’s no need to call and get your windows replaced just yet. Instead of making costly changes, consider creating an illusion of larger, more appealing windows. A long, sheer drapery in soft white color will act as the perfect concealer that will help cover those quirky windows and create a sense of a bright and airy room. By introducing a full wall of soft, see-through drapery, you can easily create a subtle, clean look of your old home without blocking the sources of natural light.
Break longer and wider spaces into zones
Besides quirky windows in unexpected places, another architectural design tendency that often accompanies older homes is the unusual room layout. Long, narrow spaces are common in homes built in the past and are seemingly hard to work with. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t use some interior design tricks to make them work for you. One way to maximize the use of available space is to break longer and wider spaces into a couple of different zones. Area rugs are very useful in defining each zone and creating a visual border, thus improving the overall functionality of the space. Open-sided furnishings such as benches and ottomans are a great way to bridge the seating area in a way that isn’t abrupt, while a transparent acrylic coffee table and floated sofas and armchairs will open up the room and create a sense of spaciousness.
Implement contemporary furnishings with simple design
Now that you’ve created a clean slate in your old home, it is time to move on to adding furnishings and decor. Bringing a sense of modern lifestyle into traditional homes without creating a conflict between the styles is tricky, but doable. Contemporary furnishings with clean and simple design are a great way to freshen up your living space without going over the top. Soft, neutral colors and various rich textures and shapes such as contemporary round rugs and glass fixtures will work together to enhance the visual appeal of your home while juxtaposing carefully selected antiques with modern furniture will help you strike a balance between vintage and new.
Enrich your interiors with gorgeous details
One type of accessories that can instantly boost the appeal of your interior is cushions. Smooth and soft, they work to add texture to your home while also serving as accent decor that makes the whole room pop. Also, there is no better way to make your home seem contemporary than to add some art pieces, but it’s also crucial to choose art that reflects your personality and that goes well with the rest of your home. After all, buying art for your home doesn’t have to cost you a lot: you can browse thrift-stores or even better, buy from your local artists because they probably need support and encouragement anyway.
Update your light switches and plates for a cohesive look
One way to make your home look more modern and cohesive is to replace the old, dated light switches and plates. When it comes to traditional homes, the light switches are often yellow from aging, or they’ve been painted over. Although these are some of the smallest updates you can tackle to give your home a makeover, replacing light switches, outlets, and plates goes a long way in giving a traditional home a fresh, new look. It would be best to match the color of switches to the color of the wall they’re placed on – that way, they will blend in instead of becoming a focal point. Even though these minor upgrades seem fairly simple, hiring a professional to tackle the wiring and electrical work is recommended in case you’re not experienced in doing electrical work.
As you can see, updating a period property doesn’t require you to break the bank in order to make it functional and aesthetically appealing. By making some simple tweaks and upgrades and using the tips above, you are sure to design a home that is the perfect mixture of something old and something new.