March 1, 2020


Everyone wants a comfortable well-designed home, but keeping your home looking contemporary doesn't have to mean messy or costly projects. One of the first steps to keep your home from looking tired and out-of-date is to clarify your own personal tastes. It can be hard to stay abreast of the changing do's and don'ts of today's design world. It seems that only a few years ago brass was out and oil rubbed bronze and brushed nickel were in, but much in the way that all styles eventually do come back in fashion, matte brass accents have come back into favor. It is often best to just chose the particular styles that are the most appealing to you, unless you are planning to sell soon. Open and clutter-free spaces also help a home feel more up-to-date and inviting.

De-cluttering the spaces where you spend the most time is a completely free way to quickly freshen up your home.

Color can completely change the feel of a space, but outdated colors like hunter green, terra cotta, or mauve can make your home feel like it's stuck in the past. A lot of people opt for a timeless neutral color scheme for their walls, and then add pops of color through soft furnishings. If you aren't afraid of a little color, consider painting or designing an accent wall as a focal point for a room. What's old is new again, and wallpaper is no longer outdated. Wallpapering one accent wall can add a lot of texture and interest to an otherwise mundane room. No matter what wall finish you choose, make sure that you keep your paint job fresh. Nothing says an old and tired home faster than scuffed and worn paint in need of some attention.

When picking the furnishings of your home, try to avoid creating themed rooms. If you really love peacocks for instance, consider a tasteful nod rather than a sensory overload. Simple things like lamps and wall art are not expensive, but can make a big difference in bringing a room into today. Remember that layers of different textures add a sense of comfort and coziness to a room, but too many and your decor can start to look a bit busy.

Interior designers all agree that every three to four years you should think about updating your current style. Set aside a small amount of your income to refresh your home whenever the time comes so that you don't feel like updating is outside of your budget. Keeping your home in fashion will make a considerable difference when it comes time to sell and can help potential buyers visualize themselves living in your space. If you're considering selling your home, don't hesitate to reach out to your Mike Thomas Associates RealtorĀ®. With the resources to connect you with a talented interior designer, together we can move into the future.

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