10 Things That Make Your House Look Dated
Charming or just plain outdated? While some home design features from the past have a quaint charm, others just don’t hold up to the test of time. If you’re ready to make some updates and bring your home into the present, here are a few things to look for:
1. WHITE APPLIANCES
Goodbye white refrigerators and dishwashers, hello stainless steel, slate and matte black finishes. These industrial-style appliances are not only much easier to keep clean, they appear streamlined and up-to-date and add a touch of opulence.
2. TREND PIECES
Before buying into a trend that will most likely run its course in 6 to 8 months, ask yourself what it is you like about the product. Will the piece work in your space long-term? Do you have a track record of buying trendy items that you fell out of love with within a few months? Start shopping with intention and seek out time-honored pieces that you won’t regret!
3. CEILING FAN
While ceiling fans are regarded as one of the biggest design faux pas in the industry, some are definitely worse than others. Ideally, seek to prioritize air flow in your home by discussing how to maximize the effects of the cooling system in place. But if you simply can’t get around having a ceiling fan, opt for a clean, sleek design – without that dated brown/bronze finish!
4. WHITE ON WHITE KITCHENS
While this ultra-modern look was stylish for a hot minute, its clinical coolness is proving impractical over time. It’s time to warm it up and make it more “homey” with some color by incorporating warm grays, taupe, terracotta or deep blues.
5. TEXTURED CEILINGS
While, thankfully, popcorn ceilings have been pretty much relegated to the annals of history, there are still other unsightly textured ceilings out there hiding in homes across the world. To rid your space of this eyesore, simply go texture-free, and incorporate unique beams or coffered ceilings to draw the eye to them!
6. THE TILE AND PINE COMBO
Pine cupboards + square tile backsplash and countertop = double dose of dated. But luckily it’s just a fresh coat of paint and a clean, smooth backsplash and countertop away from a more polished and put-together design.
7. HEAVY FLORAL DRAPES
Ditch those dark, floral-print curtains of the past and you’ll instantly see years come off of a room! Instead, embrace the natural light with floor-length, light-hued choices hung high and wide to allow the sunlight to easily stream into the space.
8. BROWN & BRONZE KITCHENS
The dark hues that were super popular in their day now feel a bit overbearing. The antidote? Light-colored cabinets, countertops and updated fixtures and appliances to match. To add warmth, incorporate bronze and copper cookware, a potted plant or bright textiles.
9. CARPET EVERYWHERE
Gone are the days when wall-to-wall carpeting was a luxurious must-have. Nowadays it’s all about hardwood. While carpeting has its merits, including adding comfort and absorbing sound, which is especially suited to bedrooms, consider upgrading to wood on the main floor of your home. Not only is it more in-step, it’s more hygienic too!
10. LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS
Durable, convenient and a low price point, laminate countertops were a popular choice and a mark of pride in the 1960s and 1970s. While they are still a good, affordable option, for many of us they conjure up the image of stained and peeling countertops in the dated kitchens of our youth. The new popular choice? High-impact stone countertops like marble, granite and quartz.