Have you ever been in an old house and thought it looked… dirty? No matter how much you clean, how much scrubbing and picking-up you do, the oldness won’t go away. It’s not just about cleaning. It’s about the stains and nicks that wear down the floors and walls, make your faucets filmy, and feel unsatisfying and dead.
However, you can breathe new life into your house. An old house isn’t doomed to creaks and grime. Instead, it can be a fresh canvas to revitalise. By the end of this article, you’ll have a good idea of how to make your old house look brand new without rebuilding the entire thing.
Repaint as Much as You Can
So much of the “dirtiness” that feels inherent to an old house comes from an old paint job. Stains and nicks on your ceilings, walls, and floors can make a room look duller without you noticing why. This can be even more of a problem if you have lighter-colored walls. A stained white wall can be detrimental.
So, your first step when reinvigorating your old house is repainting it. You can hire ceiling and floor painters and make an adventure out of repainting your walls. Either reapply the old colour with a fresh layer or maybe pick new colours for your rooms. You can change a home’s energy with new choices of value and colour.
Lighting is Key
So much of a room’s atmosphere comes from the atmosphere. Lighting can change everything in a house. Swap out your outdated fixtures and maximise your natural light and window spaces.
Keep in mind how warm and cool light can impact how your home looks. Cooler light can seem a bit too bright. However, warmer light can feel claustrophobic or make things look dirtier. On the other hand, cool light can look clean, and warm light can feel comforting and homey. Light can change everything in a house.
If you have a big window, arrange your home around it to revitalize the space. You can also add some wood panelling to reshape the space and texture of your home in a way that better uses your light. Even an ancient house can seem contemporary with repainted walls and light that washes out any impurities.
Reinstall Appliances and Faucets
Your faucets and appliances can falsely portray your home as dirtier or older than you’d like. Tarnish, outdated styles, and damage to your appliances can make them blemishes in your home. It’s even more of a problem when most of these things are found in kitchens and bathrooms, where you want your house to seem the cleanest.
Reinstalling your faucets and touching up any appliances will make your home seem less old.
Embrace the Vintage Look
Another way to help make your old house look less messy is to embrace the aesthetic. Vintage styles in old homes are actually popular, and many people with contemporary homes will try and emulate the look and feel of an old house. If you focus on a vintage-style interior design plan, you can avoid some of the pitfalls of an old house by leaning into them.
An old house can seem dingy and dirty even if you do your best to keep it in top condition. Age can show in the walls and furniture regardless of how much you clean it or keep it up.
Maximising your space means knowing how to bring out the best in it. Then, you can embrace your home and light it up, repaint it, and refurnish it to rediscover the magic that may have once lived there.
Hopefully, this article has helped you find the weak points in your old home and will help you bring them up to snuff. Good luck!
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