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12 Features That Age Your Home

Friday Dec 20th, 2019


Many design elements in a home can age a space – and oftentimes, homeowners overlook these features. Sometimes it’s smaller things, like draperies or polished gold fixtures, while other times it can be larger design elements, like vinyl floors, popcorn ceilings and wallpaper. Whether you plan to stay in your home for the long run or are looking to sell, many of these dated features are easy fixes that, when updated, can make your home feel fresh and modern again.

Wondering what features could be dating your home? Here are 12 design elements to be aware of: 

Popcorn ceilings
Textured ceilings were the rage in the 80s and 90s, but as we approach 2020, they do age a home. Removing a popcorn ceiling does take some elbow grease (and I can’t lie – it does create a big mess), but it’s a relatively easy way to make your home feel more modern.

Dark, heavy window coverings
Heavy fabrics, fringed trim, ties and billowing window treatments can make your rooms feel darker and smaller since they block out natural light and take up visual space. The trend nowadays is towards lightweight window coverings that are sleek and streamlined. If privacy is not an issue, skip window coverings altogether and let your view be the focal point. 

Shiny, polished gold or brass fixtures
Gold and brass fixtures are back in style – albeit, with a brushed finish. Shiny, polished gold or brass finishes transport your spaces to the 80s and 90s and many homes still have faucets, lighting elements, doorknobs and cabinet hardware in this finish. An easy fix is to replace these design elements with finishes that are more in style today. To play it safe, brushed nickel is always a great choice.

Floor-to-ceiling mirrors
Floor-to-ceiling mirrors do make rooms appear larger, but they also show a room’s age. It’s best to remove these and replace with drywall and paint for a more modern look.

Wood paneling
Wood paneling was a fad in the 70s – and it should remain in that decade. To upgrade your walls, remove the panels, install drywall and paint a neutral colour to lighten up the room. If you have a smaller budget and can’t replace the wood paneling, a fresh coat of paint goes a long way.

Wallpaper and borders
Wallpaper still has a place in modern décor; however, wallpaper from the 80s and 90s must go. This includes wallpaper borders that were popular back in the day, but date rooms today.

Glass block windows
While these types of windows do provide privacy and natural light, they can make a space feel very old-fashioned. In bathrooms, consider using skylights for added light without giving up any privacy.

Linoleum and vinyl flooring
Linoleum and vinyl floors were popular in kitchens and baths many years ago, but can devalue a home today. Vinyl has recently made a resurgence in the market and works great in hardworking spaces that see lots of traffic and moisture. The difference is that today’s vinyl floors are more durable, easier to clean and feature a more modern aesthetic.

Honey-brown wood
Wood is a classic material that will never go out of style. However, honey-brown wood tones have served their purpose and should be put to rest. Kitchen cabinets, railings and bannisters in this warm honey colour can easily be painted to bring them into the new decade.

Older-style light switches
Old-fashioned toggle switches look tired and dated over time. Swapping these out with newer-style Decora light switches is an easy, modern upgrade that doesn’t cost a lot of money or time.

Analog thermostats
If you’re still using an old thermostat to control your home’s heating and cooling system, it’s time for an upgrade. An analog thermostat makes a home look dated. Plus, a smart thermostat can help with energy savings.

Tile Countertops
Tile counters are prone to cracking and they are hard to clean, especially if there is a lot of grout. A better choice is a solid surface countertop, like granite or quartz. Both are easier to clean, plus they will add to your home’s value.

Final Thoughts
Your home is likely your largest asset and keeping it modern and up-to-date is a great way to ensure its resale value when you are looking to sell. If you need advice on which features to modernize in your home, please contact me, Deborah Clerk, Real Estate Sales Representative and ASA at Keller Williams Realty Solutions, Brokerage, in Mississauga, Ontario, to chat.

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