10 Things In Your House That Could Be Dating It
At H&H, we think that a lot of beauty comes with age. Steel and terracotta urns build gorgeous patinas over time. Custom plasterwork looks even more special as the years go by. And your handcrafted brass door knocker? It’ll only get better with use. That puffy, sun-bleached drapery, on the other hand… well, there’s a difference between old and outdated.
Here are 10 things that could be making your home look stuck in the past. Plus, some alternatives for a fresher, more contemporary look.
Dark wood cabinetry with detailed panelling had its day, but now feels a bit heavy to the eye. Today’s designers lean toward lighter wood or paint colors and clean lines. Swap in flat-front or crisp Shaker doors in your kitchen for an instant update.
It’s easy to forget about your front door, but thanks to regular wear and tear, they can start looking dingy fast (and you may not love the color you picked five years ago, either). We love how homeowners Michelle and Kenny Gemmill went with a cool blue for a breezy first impression.
Flip through old decorating magazines and you’ll be inundated with strictly coordinated color palettes (all white, green and blue, for example). In 2018, a more eclectic blend of hues from neutral tones to bold statement colors feels fresher.
If you didn’t spring for museum-grade glass, you may find your pieces are looking a little faded and dated. Swap washed-out artwork for new prints — or original paintings with UV-resistant glass — to give rooms their impact back.
Another common sight in old design publications: Beds dressed with impeccably arranged pillows, perfect linens and flouncy dust ruffles. To loosen up the overall look of your bedroom, scale things back and let wrinkles fall where they may!
Overly-elaborate, timeworn wallpaper has a way of dragging any space into passé territory. While it’ll take some elbow grease, you won’t regret replacing it. A fresh coat of paint or some textural grasscloth will seriously elevate things.
Sun-faded curtains and bulging satin valences… we don’t need to tell you how much outdated window treatments can timestamp a home. For a more contemporary look that still lets you play with pattern, invest in a new set of fabric roman shades.
Family photos always deserve a place in the house, even when the kids are all grown up. But your old cluster of tabletop frames might not be doing them justice. We like the idea of blowing up an old favorite snapshot and setting it in a slim white frame.
Fireplaces clad in crumbling brick, faux stone or poor-quality tile are often the first things new homeowners tackle when remodeling — and for good reason. A new mantel, surround and insert can make a huge dent in bringing an older home into the present.
Unless you plan to redecorate every season, it can be a risk to embrace every single Pinterest craze in your home. Our advice: Put a unique spin on past trends that you still love, such as swapping out some of your ceramic-potted succulents for herbs in vintage tea tins.