Making Your Old House Look New
Aug 18, 2022
Historic Res Tile in Niagra by Daltile
1. Make it look cohesive
After so many years in your home and different needs arising at various stages in your life, your home can end up looking like a hodgepodge of styles. Create a cohesive look by updating items like your doorknobs, cabinet handles, electric outlet covers, shades, and more throughout your home. This simple yet effective step can help strengthen your home’s personality and give it that pristine, new feel.
Wood Shutters by Graber
2. Get a new paint job
Whether your home exterior looks eroded from an array of outside elements or if your interior looks dated and faded, a new coat of paint is the perfect remedy. This is an easy way to freshen up your home and achieve that modern look. Some modern paint trends for your home include:
- Bold, dark trim and unique materials for your exterior
- All-white kitchen or entryway
- Statement color in your living room, such as emerald green or dusty rose
- Vibrant and brightly painted front doors
If you are refreshing the paint inside of your home, read this blog post for guidance on how to ensure that the new color you choose doesn’t clash with your existing floors.
3. Go with hardwood
With many home designs electing an open floor plan, there’s desire to have a consistent look. We recommend opting for hardwood or a hardwood-look. This simple flooring looks phenomenal with a variety of different modern décor styles and since it’s naturally durable and timeless, it guarantees a classic look that will never go out of style. Reimagine your flooring with hardwood by using our floor visualizer tool to get a better sense of how it would look in your home.
4. Upcycle furniture
As mentioned, vintage is in, in part because of the phenomenon of fast furniture. You may have heard of “fast fashion,” which is cheaply made trending clothing that isn’t meant to be worn more than a handful of times. Similarly, fast furniture is cheaply made, likely to show wear and tear quickly, and is not meant to withstand the test of time.
This has caused the upcycling furniture trend, which utilizes dated but durable furniture in DIY projects to make it work for your modern home. Not only does this leave you with sturdy furnishings, but it is also sustainable and good for the environment. Plus, the amount of fulfillment and satisfaction you’ll get when you look at your upcycled furniture, knowing that you’ve created it and tied it in seamlessly with your room, will be tremendous! Head to your local consignment shop or thrift store to find a piece to refurbish. Feel free to also browse Pinterest for some inspiration for your DIY project. Be mindful of potential scuffs and scratches on your floors when bringing in new furniture. Read more about how to protect them here.
Solar Shades by Graber
5. Overhaul your decorations
Sit back, gaze upon your walls and shelves, and ask yourself, when was the last time you changed out the artwork in your frames or updated your collection of various trinkets? If your decorations have traveled with you from apartment to apartment, house to house, chances are you may want to update them. We recommend visiting one of your local farmers’ markets or local boutiques and purchasing art and décor from a local artist. This is the best of both worlds, as you’ll get a piece that is unique and fits your style best. Plus, you’ll be supporting small businesses. Remember, less is more modern, so you should try to gravitate toward statement pieces and consider layering different textures and materials.
6. Integrate technology
Nothing says “modern home” like heated floors or a smart fridge. There are countless home technology trends meant to make your life easier and fast-track your home to the 21st century.
Statuario Res Tile by Daltile
7. Get expert opinions
It may seem like you have an overwhelming number of options to consider when choosing how to update your home. Chat with a professional and search online for respected industry leaders to get valuable input before purchasing. Read other blog posts for more inspiration on this topic, or find your local Flooring America to learn more about your options for making your home modern.
Visualize Your Flooring Dreams
Want a preview of how new floors will look in your home? Try our room visualizer, My Floor Style. Upload a photo of your room, select your style preferences, and get a virtual look at each different flooring style. With My Floor Style, there are no surprises. Only beautiful new floors.