Old houses have their own unique aesthetic appeal and charm. On top of that, with the right décor solutions they can be turned into chic homes where rustic and contemporary elements fuse to create a unique design. In order to help you transform your dull and lifeless old home into a true oasis of style, we have singled out our top tips and tricks for you to follow. Let’s take a look and get inspired.
1. Refurbish the cabinetry
First things first, cabinetry in the kitchen and bathroom tell a story from the past and add an antique feel to the place. Therefore, instead of throwing all your rustic pieces out and depriving your interior of their glitz, you should add a new shine to the place by refurbishing them. Begin by sanding down the top layers and apply linseed oil to bring out the hidden beauty of your cabinets. Additionally, you can update the look of your kitchen and bathroom by adding a new coat of paint to the shelves and countertops. If you like the idea, you could go for fun pastel nuances such as light mint or marigold for the cabinetry and combine it with a dark rust shade for the countertops to break the monotony.
2. Lighting solutions for a timeless look
Aussies know that if you aim to truly enhance your interior design, you need to invest in the latest lighting solution trends. Firstly, you can’t expect to introduce any lighting novelties into your home without firstly checking the wiring for problems. With this in mind, feel free to follow in the footsteps of Aussie homeowners who contact a proper Sydney electrician before making any serious alterations. After you’ve ensured that everything is safe, you can start adding ambient, task and accent lighting. Task lighting should include LED lamps that place focus on key points like the seating, dining and work areas in your home. To evoke a romantic ambiance, you’ll need wall sconces, candles, stream lights and diffuse light fixtures with dimmer switches. Finally, ceiling and floor accent lights are perfect for placing focus on your wall and freestanding art pieces.
3. New accessories – same living room
If your furniture arrangement in the living room is something you simply can’t part with, then all you need are high-quality accessorizing tips. Start by picking out modern throw pillows and blankets for the couch and armchairs to bring in an inviting feeling of warmth and cosiness. Another great way to make your end tables pop and add a touch of luxury to the look is with golden or brass pots and vases for storing miscellaneous items. Furthermore, you can evoke a Moroccan feel in your living room by placing cute poufs and an interestingly-patterned rug so you can add an exotic layer to the decor. Lastly, you can’t spell a transitional style where old meets new without a couple of wooden art pieces and a large centre piece avant-garde painting to bring out the true meaning of classiness.
4. Greenery for a refreshed interior
Last but not least, adding greenery to the interior of your old house will help you purify the air inside and bring in a pleasant fragrance for a calming Zen decor. Additionally, it can serve as a natural touch that creates harmony between traditional and modern elements. For example, if you have empty corners in your home you can fill them with wonderful small potted trees such as the Rubber Plant, or a vase with Garden Mums. As far as dining and coffee table centrepieces are concerned, a bouquet of Hydrangeas, Peonies and Orchids will work wonders and create a nice welcoming atmosphere. For your chill zone and reading nook you should acquire a small planter and fill it with Lavender and Gardenias for a relaxing scent combination.
As you can see, transforming your outdated home into a true oasis of style is not so difficult after all. All you need to do is research the latest interior design trends and not be afraid to let your creative side take over. We wish you an amazing redecoration project!