In this fast-paced world, old things are constantly being replaced by the new ones. People seem to be drawn to anything new, no matter if the old thing was incomparably better. The same goes for homes. People are generally more likely to buy a freshly-built home for a far steeper price while failing to realize that older homes – which are also generally much cheaper – can be fixed up to look and feel fresh with just some easy upgrades.
So, if you bought an older home and you want to make it look and feel fresh and new, here are some interesting ideas that will help you rejuvenate it without breaking the bank.
Get rid of carpets
Carpets are generally an excellent breeding ground for various types of bacteria and allergens. That’s why you should definitely get rid of them as soon as you move into your new home. By doing so, you will instantly make the space feel more modern and less stuffy. Old, worn out and outdated rugs can really suffocate any space and the fact of the matter is that no matter how good you try to clean them, they will never be truly clean, and you will never be able to restore their previous shine.
Clean everything thoroughly
Once all of the old carpets are out, but before you even consider anything else that needs to be done in your new older home, you should give it a thorough scrub. Even though the previous owners probably left the space clean, you can never be too sure how clean it actually is until you do it yourself. So, hire a good cleaning service to take care of the deep clean part of the process – scrub the floors and get rid of any dirt and grime, and tackle the rest yourself. Make sure you move any furniture piece you wish to keep and clean behind it and throw out, donate and sell all the pieces you don’t intend on keeping. There are some amazing recipes for organic DIY cleaning solutions you can find online so make sure you check them out as well.
Treat it to a fresh coat of paint
In older homes, more often than not, the walls will be covered with some type of wallpaper. Outdated wallpaper will also make your home both look and feel older than it actually is so you should definitely take care of it as well. Take down all of the old wallpaper – if the previous owners simply glued new wallpaper over the old one this process might last a while – even out your walls with a fine grain sandpaper and apply a generous coat of primer. When choosing the paint for your home, make sure you go with zero-VOC and lead-free paint to make sure that it’s completely safe. Furthermore, to make the space feel more modern, choose any hue of the off-whites and neutral shades. Alternatively, you can even go with light grey if you want to create a modern space that makes a clear fashion statement.
Fill it with new furniture
Once all of the old furniture pieces are out it’s time to bring the new ones in. Start off with the most important part of any home – the kitchen – and find the best pieces that will match your style. If, on the other hand, you don’t manage to find anything you like, check out different kitchen manufacturers and see if they can help you create the kitchen of your dreams. The same applies to all the other furniture pieces, but a good sofa or an armchair are far easier to find than the right kitchen. For instance, you can even choose to embrace maximalism for the ultimate modern touch, and incorporate an oversized luxurious sofa, a huge armchair and a big coffee table into your living room design. For some additional oomph, go for a nice area rug to work as a base of your living room seating arrangement, but make sure you choose wool or something similar that’s hypoallergenic and easy to maintain.
Fill it with modern décor
Finally, the décor you choose to feature in your home will be the easiest way to add a touch of modern style to it. First of all, do know that gallery walls are making a huge comeback so you should definitely consider implementing them in your décor. Not only will this feature work as a cool focal point of any room, but it also allows you to express your personality and individual taste to the fullest. Furthermore, you can even choose to put a big frame around your TV and make it an interesting part of your gallery wall.
As you can see, making an older home feel fresh and new is not difficult at all. You just need to decide on the style you want to go with, get rid of anything that looks or feels too outdated and you’ll be left with an amazing interior that looks stylish, beautiful and modern.
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