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Old-school inspiration - How to upgrade older features in your home 


As trends like old money, grandpa chic and hipstoric homes rise in popularity, it’s clear that the appreciation for historic features in homes is stronger than ever.  


Rather than concealing the age of your home, why not celebrate its heritage and incorporate it into your interior design?  


While the appeal of older homes is undeniable, a few updates can seamlessly combine classic character with contemporary comfort. Here I share some simple updates that can help return an older home to its former glory. 

Add traditional charm with wall panels 


Wall panelling has seen a huge resurgence, with DIY social media accounts highlighting how to install different styles at home. In fact, searches for wall panel ideas on Pinterest have increased 100 per cent over the past year. 


 Wall panels, whether they're in the form of beadboard, wainscoting, or raised panels, add depth and texture to your walls, creating a sense of sophistication. 

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More intricate designs, with different width mouldings best suit older homes, while simple 4-inch boards in a simple pattern can make the room feel more modern. To ensure your panelling looks professional, cut your moulding at a 45-degree angle so that the corners slot nicely together. 


Update ceiling roses and trim 


Gorgeous old features like ceiling roses and intricate trim are popular features in many old homes – but years of neglect can make them look tired and dated. However, a quick refresh with some paint will help make your space feel elegant and timeless. 


And if your old home doesn’t have traditional features like these – consider adding them.


Ceiling roses are a quick, low-cost addition to a room that can add a unique focal point.  


Accompanied by fresh trim, these elements frame your living space, creating an instant sense of grandeur and luxury.  

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Switch up the lighting 


Old lighting can really date your home and old bulbs can be very energy inefficient. For a fresh look, opt for new lighting fixtures and energy-efficient bulbs to instantly upgrade the space.  


Adding new light fixtures is a great way to merge traditional and contemporary design elements.  


Consider vintage-inspired pendant lights or chandeliers with a contemporary twist. Other prominent trends going into 2024 include organic shapes, bold tones like black or brass and natural materials so consider combing these elements with traditional lighting options for a more modern look. 

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Upgrade hardware 


Breathing new life into your home can be as simple as updating the hardware. Swapping out old, worn-out handles, knobs, and pulls for updated alternatives can make a remarkable difference in the overall look and feel of your space.  


Whether it's revamping the cabinet hardware in your kitchen, refreshing the handles on your doors, or replacing dated bathroom fixtures, this subtle upgrade adds a touch of contemporary elegance to your home.  


Beyond appearance, hardware upgrades will also improve the functionality of your home. If you've been struggling with sticky or malfunctioning handles and knobs, new hardware can provide a smoother experience. This is particularly important in high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms. 


Fix old doors and windows 


Outdated or deteriorating features can negatively affect. your home's curb appeal and interior aesthetics.  


For a quick update, consider sanding and repainting weathered frames. While this is a labour of love, the results can transform your home.  


Old doors and windows can also be a major source of energy loss due to drafts and poor insulation. By upgrading to modern, energy-efficient doors and windows, you can significantly reduce energy consumption too.  

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