3 Easy Tips To Update Your Older Home

Posted by Hayden Bickerton on November 30, 2016
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There’s nothing like the coziness and familiarity of a classic home. Knowing that it’s been lived in and loved over the years makes you appreciate the story of your home that much more.
But sometimes, old-fashioned actually means out of fashion. Here are three tips to consider when you’re looking to spice up your older home.

  1. Take a look at your windows.

When your original windows were installed, chances are it was at a time when window technology was still in the dark ages. Many older windows are single pane, meaning there’s only a thin pane of glass between you and outside.
New windows now come standard with at least two panes, doubling their insulation and keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. You can get rid of annoying drafts and save hundreds on utilities every year just by getting rid of those out of date windows.

2. Update paint and finishing.

Many homes have wacky paint jobs from the 70s or bizarre color schemes from the 90s. Even some subtler finishes like kitchen backsplashes can look behind the times. Décor like this just feels wrong.
Opt for more neutral paint colors like beige or white, or make it your own with bolder reds and violets. Repainting cabinets can give your kitchen a more modern feel, and details like wall paintings and table decorations can bring an otherwise lifeless setting to life.

3. Rediscover the home as it was built.

As the saying goes, “everything old is new again”. Just because a feature is old doesn’t mean it’s out of style. The best examples these days are original hardwood floors and brick fireplaces covered hidden behind drywall.
Learn more about how your home was originally built. Lift up those carpets to see what’s underneath, or get rid of a kitchen wall to make a sweeping floor plan. Your home was built with a design purpose in mind; use that as your inspiration for breathing classic life back into it.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that it’s your home, so make it yours! Homes with a decorative vision always make potential buyers feel more inspired, too. Give us a call at 417-818-1237 and we’ll help you find more ways to update your home.

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