Beautiful and Simple Touches for your Older Home
If you have an older home, aka a “fixer-upper”, you know that maintaining that home is an ongoing (read: neverending) job. And that’s great! Part of the joy of having an older home is that you can constantly revamp, remodel, repair, replace and renovate the place to your exact specifications and style, making it truly your own as the years ago by.
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Often, especially if they haven’t been lived in for a while, older homes are sparse when it comes to the little things that make a house a home. Things like decor, fittings, furniture and appliances. You want to keep things as authentic as possible, to fit with the aesthetic (and age) of the house, but who has the money to buy an entire house full of antiques? Luckily, there are ways to honor the aesthetic of your home and fill it with beautiful, unique touches that are affordable, functional and simple. Below we’ve given you a few suggestions as to where you might want to start!
There are easy ways to touch up a bathroom and make it look gorgeous and clean; a place where you’d be happy to soak in the tub or do your makeup.
Vintage bathtubs are always a great idea for any older home – they just add a certain feel, a certain classiness and old-timey charm that can spiff up even the dingiest bathroom. Plus, they’re a luxury that everyone should have. Who doesn’t want to soak in a gorgeous, relaxing claw-foot tub? Lucky for you, you don’t have to scour antique malls to find one in your price range, as many companies online sell both antique and replica claw foot and other types of bathtubs that will go perfect in your lavatory, no matter your style or theme.
While you’re at it, why not revamp other parts of your bathroom to go with that gorgeous new tub? A vintage vanity or sink, along with a few vintage fittings and even a nice, bold mirror, will transform the look of your bathroom.
One thing that always looks amazing in a bright, sunny, old-fashioned kitchen are a few antique appliances. If you’ve always wanted an old-fashioned cook range or stove, why not spring for one? Vintage refrigerators are always cool, too (provided they’re in good working order). If you can’t spring for vintage appliances, which can be pricey and bulky in the space department, an antique hutch would look great. You can often find these at very affordable prices, everywhere from thrift stores to yard sales and trade sites. Keep it as is, or slap on a coat of funky paint and make it your own!
The Living Room
The lounge area can be improved upon easily, with just a few simple pieces like a vintage framed portrait, a lovely antique rug or even just a couple of vintage end tables. There’s no need to spring for a whole living room suite, as accent pieces actually go much further in making a living room space look classy, understated and timely.
With a few key pieces in certain spaces, you can transform the look of your older home into something with class, elegance, and timeless style.