12 Things That Make Your Home Look Dated (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
Heavy fabrics, ties, fringed trim and roller shades belong in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Dirty blinds or cracked blinds also make a home look dated.
Update: Blinds and Light Curtains
If privacy isn’t an issue, try letting your view take center stage. But, if you need some privacy or light diffusion, try some modern shades or hang some horizontal blinds. If you prefer curtains, make sure they are lightweight.
Update: Painted Patterns
There are some fun wall designs that can bring your home to the present day. So try bold patterns, stripes and faux finishes. Here are some Trendy Paint Patterns to Spice Up Walls.
Dated: Old Colors
Are your walls hunter green, olive, gold or mauve? These paint colors make your home look dated. It’s time for some new paint! Worried you’ll mess it up? Paint a Room Without Making a Mess.
Update: Clean Colors
Light wall colors today work to make your home look more spacious and clean. Try grays, tans and off-whites. Also, try these 10 Interior House Painting Tips and Painting Techniques for the Perfect Paint Job.
Dated: Brass or Gold Light Fixtures
Shiny brass or gold light fixtures make your home look dated and are a sign it’s time to update your lighting. Learn tips on How to Hang a Ceiling Light Fixture.
Update: Modern Light Fixtures
When it comes to today’s light fixtures, the options are endless. Modern, industrial and classic looks come in everything from bronze to graphite and nearly every color of the rainbow. Learn How to Connect Old Wiring to a New Light Fixture.
Dated: Analog Thermostat Control
If you’re still using an old thermostat to control your home’s heating and cooling system, it’s time for an upgrade. An analog thermostat makes a home look dated. And a smart thermostat even helps with energy savings.
Dated: Old Cabinet Hardware
Even if you’ve installed new kitchen cabinets, old hardware such as hinges and pulls can make a home look dated.
Update: Modern Matching Hardware
Today’s style is all about matching all your cabinet pulls and knobs. So try pewter, chrome or nickel. And learn How to Install Cabinet Hardware.
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Fewer decorations will make your home look up-to-date. And add some plants to make it feel fresh. These Clutter-Busting Strategies for Every Room can help keep your home clutter-free.
Dated: Wood Wall Panels
It’s hard to make a home look modern when it still sports paneling on the walls. Wood panels and dark rooms make your home look dated. And you can remove them and Build a Wainscoted Wall.
Dated: Popcorn Ceilings
Popcorn, cottage cheese or textured — whatever you want to call it — has been over and make a home look dated for a long time. Discover 11 Tips for Removing a Popcorn Ceiling Faster and Easier.
Update: Ceilings With Clean Lines
You can remove the popcorn ceiling, or you can cover it with a new layer of drywall. Then bring it up-to-date with a couple coats of paint.
Update: Modern Countertops
Whether it’s marble, granite, quartz, wood, stainless steel, concrete or soapstone, today’s trendy kitchen remodeling ideas are endless. Buying Countertops: Plastic Laminates, Granite, and Solid Surfaces.
Dated: Carpeting in the Bathroom
Carpeting in the bathroom definitely makes a home look dated. And let’s not even think about how difficult it is to keep bathroom carpet clean and free of mold.
Dated: Vinyl Flooring
Linoleum and vinyl may have been popular 20 years ago. But now it often looks cheap and can be difficult to keep it looking clean. When something looks cheap and dirty it definitely makes your home look dated and it’s certainly time for an update.
Update: Wood Floors
Whether it’s solid, engineered, bamboo or cork, there’s a wood flooring option that will work for your room and your family. Bonus: Wood has never gone out of style.