Does Your House Look Dated and Tired?

September 20, 2017

Trends come and go, especially in the world of home decorating and design. Sure, we all loved floral wallpaper, wood paneled walls, and rattan furniture… for a while. Then, they just became dated and tired-looking. Nothing can make a home look older and more worn-down than a trend that is well past its prime. While we embrace living in the style of the moment and decorating with current trends in mind, what can you do to curb the trend cycle that can be costly and hard to break?

  • Have a Flexible Color Scheme – If an accent wall color was popular in the 2000s, chances are it is looking pretty old by now. We suggest using a main color that is classic and somewhat timeless, then adding accent walls in a pop of color that are easier to refresh every few years than repainting an entire room. While you may read this as “choose a neutral color”, don’t be fooled into thinking neutral only means white and beige. There are many hues of green, taupe, white, and warm tones that can make excellent base colors from which to build your design.
  • Avoid a Theme – If you don’t want your home to look like a certain decade, then you may want to avoid a theme. Certain prints and designs scream “dated.” In addition, certain themes such as Indian prints and Aztec or Moroccan designs also lend themselves to certain time periods.
  • Be Prepared for Change – Some people love to decorate, paint, and redecorate constantly. Maybe this is not for you. But to avoid a dated and tired look, you may want to prepare for changes as they come. Switch out furniture pieces as they age; swap out rugs once they look a little worse for wear. Even one or two new pieces can give a lift to a room, hallway or entryway.

Need help finding a color or design that will stand the test of time and won’t look dated too fast? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843.

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