Does Your Home Look Dated? 8 Easy Tips To Bring It Out of the 1900s
Do you love a quick fix as much as I do? I mean sure, I can appreciate a good home project (and trust me there are plenty in my house) but sometimes you just want instant gratification. I believe the 2 primary reasons people don’t regularly update their home décor are 1. Money: It can be expensive to keep up with home trends and 2. Time: It can seem like too big of a project to tackle with everything else life throws at you. So, for this post, let’s focus on fast, easy, and relatively inexpensive ways to update your home. These are small but impactful touches that will bring your home out of the 1900s and into the roaring 20s 😎 AND give it some new life!
Disclaimer: What is “in” and “dated” can be a very personal decision. These suggestions are not meant to offend anyone, YOU DO YOU in YOUR home, but if you are looking to modernize your space, these tips are a great place to start.
For the 3 home decor mistakes you really want to avoid, be sure to check out this post!
8 Ways To Update Your Home
#1) Declutter & Clean
The most impactful thing you can do to update your space is to declutter. I know, I know… that’s not necessarily groundbreaking advice, but less is more and a modern aesthetic is geared more toward minimalism than tons of knickknacks everywhere! You’d be surprised just how much better your space will look with fewer things in it! In case you missed it, I shared some decluttering tips here. Keep scrolling for more tips for quick fix updates for a dated home…
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#2) Update Fake Flower Arrangements
If you have colorful plastic floral arrangements in your home, that you bought years ago, it might be time to replace them with something more current like green artificial stems or plants (that don’t look fake) or even better, live plants and flowers. If you don’t have a green thumb (like me) try a real plant that is low maintenance like a snake plant or eternity roses that last up to a year.
I had them too! But, LOTS and LOTS of family photo collages yup, those are out. If you like the look of a clustered photo arrangement, try a gallery wall with coordinating frames. A few larger, impactful photos/frames will look more modern than a collage frame. Does your collage frame say “Family” on it? Even more likely it’s time to let it go! If you want to update your wall art inexpensively, be your own photographer. Use your smartphone photos from trips, your garden, or family shots, order prints, and frame them!
Dated, old brown and brass light fixtures can really age your home. Lighting is key and often creates a focal point so an update in the category makes a lot of sense – especially pendant lights or chandeliers over a dining table or in your kitchen. If hiring an electrician is holding you back, you could use battery-operated bulbs for light fixtures like sconces (no electricity needed).
If you have a lot of wood in your home, it can make your space look and feel heavy. Light and bright interiors are definitely on trend. Adding metal or ceramic (all cool or cold accents) is a good way to lighten up that heaviness. Mixing textures adds interest too!
Speaking of heavy...heavy oak bookshelves either overly flooded with books or overly accessorized with little choochkies is definitely aging your home. You can replace the outdated bookshelf with something streamlined and modern. Then, don’t overcrowd or style the shelves. Noooo, keep it simple. This one change can make your home look updated for sure!
Susan is the Busbee Style Digital Content Editor and a contributing writer. She has spent the last 25 years working in the magazine publishing industry as a content, circulation, and marketing consultant. Susan resides in sunny San Diego, CA with her husband and pathetically perfect pup, Rusty, and loves visiting with her 2 sons when they're home from college. With a passion for pretty things, witty words, travel, and all things family, writing HOME content comes naturally because, truth be told, her homebody game is strong! There’s no place like home!
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