An older home can be hard to contend with when you just move in. You want to make it your own place to live, whether it’s big or small or it smells fresh or a bit musty – there’s clearly a lot you need to change! But changing things around when you’ve got an entire vintage building to deal with can be hard to plan for. And let’s face it, you haven’t quite got the budget to do a full renovation right now either. However, you can redecorate in such a way that makes your older home look and feel like you – here are our tips for doing just that.
Give the Molding a New Life
The molding in an old house can be beautiful and extensive. The trim around ceilings and floors can be one of the main draws for interested buyers, and it’s probably one of the reasons you moved in as well. But seeing as these trims are getting pretty old by now, and you don’t want to just get rid of them, you’re going to have to renew them.
You’ll need to clean them up first; rubbing alcohol on an old rag will do the trick. After this step you may need to sand down the molding, and this can be done easily with a bit of sandpaper. Then it’s time to put a new finish on – you can use gloss or stain and then a sealer, depending on your preference.
Replace the Windows
As eyes are the windows to the soul, the windows of your home say a lot about the way it’s decorated and/or maintained. That means if you’ve bought an older home, it’s time to check on the age of the windows and their panes. Anything older than about 20 years needs to go!
Of course, you can wonder now is window replacement worth the cost, but it can increase the overall value of your home by at least 5%. So if you ever want to sell up and move on, this kind of change will matter to the market a lot! It’ll also help to tie your own interior style together with the natural age and grace of your property, as windows act as great focal points.
Contrast the Old Style with Modern Furniture
The old style of your home will look lovely as a backdrop to a set of contemporary furniture. No matter what you’re moving in, if it’s got even a slightly sleek element to its design, it’ll work best here!
Mixing the styles together is one of the best ways to incorporate vintage elements, and it also helps you to naturally add some character to your home. The place will look effortlessly stylish, but with a little hint of clutter, and often that’s needed to make a house look like a home.
If you want to give an old home a bit more life, some decorating inspiration is really all you need on your side.