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March 9, 2015

8 Signs Your Home Needs A Makeover

by Amy

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As a Décorview designer, I get invited into a lot of homes. Some are nicely decorated and others are in need of some TLC. New, custom window treatments are a great way to make a home look more updated and stylish, but they can only help so much if the rest of the home needs some attention. Wondering if your place needs a makeover? If it features any of these common home décor faux pas, then it’s time for an update!

Red, Green, & Gold Color Palette

Years ago, the Tuscan design style swept the nation, with homeowners clamoring to decorate in its signature color palette – red, green and gold. This trend has definitely started to lose steam and is most certainly on its way out. So if your home still features this color palette, it’s time to introduce a few more colors into your decorating scheme.

Outdated Hardware

Brass may be back but that doesn’t mean those bright, high-shine fixtures still found in many homes. If you choose to incorporate gold metallics, opt instead for brass fixtures that are brushed or antiqued for a more updated look.

White Appliances

These days, stainless steel is the preferred finish for kitchen appliances, which is not surprising considering it coordinates well with a wide range of cupboard styles from contemporary to traditional. Stainless steel has real staying power, so if you’re looking to sell your home any time soon, swapping your white appliances for stainless is a must. One place white appliances are still ok? The laundry room.

Builder-Grade Lighting

Also known as the dreaded boob light, these round, builder-grade glass fixtures have snuck their way into our homes in alarming numbers! Luckily there are now many affordable flush mount and semi-flush mount light fixtures, which means there really is no excuse to not swap these offensive lights for more stylish options. Another light fixture style in need of immediate updating? The florescent light box found in many kitchens.

Carpet Everything

Homeowners have finally got the message that carpet doesn’t last a lifetime. And rather than replace tired floors with more carpet, are instead opting for more durable and long-lasting alternatives. Which is not surprising considering the onslaught of affordable laminate and engineered hardwood options that make a home look more updated, stylish and in many cases more clean!

Fake Floral Arrangement

As natural as fake floral can look these days, it’s still no replacement for the real thing. If your home is rockin’ the fake ivy, traditional topiaries or bouquets of flowers in colors that don’t exist in nature, then it’s time to drop them at the curb.

Oak, Oak and More Oak

Until recently, orangey oak was the go-to wood choice for floors, banisters and especially kitchen cabinets. But what used to be trendy now looks a bit dated, which is why homeowners should consider updating these cabinets by either refinishing them or swapping them out for new styles altogether. And if your home still has the laminate kitchen cabinets with wood trim, you’re even more in need of an update!

Dramatic Window Treatments

With design preferences shifting to more transitional styles, dramatic window treatments such as sweeping valences or heavy drapery are losing favor. Choose instead panels with little to no pleating, like the popular grommet top. Or simple shades and blinds that compliment not compete with your homes furnishing. The most timeless solution: real-wood shutters.

Do your window treatments need updating? Then sign-up for a free in-home design consultation!

 

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Amy is a talented window treatments designer serving the Ashburn, Virginia area. She has been decorating for over 10 years. She works closely with her clients and understands the importance of choosing the right style to turn one's house into a home.

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