Stuck in a 70’s Style Home? The Best Tips for Updating a Space with Psychedelic Designs

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If your home was built in the 70’s and you are the new owner, or you just haven’t updated the style, chances are the space is starting to look pretty outdated. Some homeowners think that they will need to tear down and rebuild their home to make it feel like it belongs in 2015, but truthfully, you can use a few tricks to bring the place up to date. Take a look at the following suggestions to help you bring your home out of the 70’s and give it the update it needs:

Brighten Up the Wood Paneling

If your home is like so many others from the 70’s, you will find wood paneling (or faux paneling that is meant to look like wood) in at least one room of your home, if not in several rooms. It makes everything look dark and can also bring on a sense of claustrophobia. Luckily, you have several options. You can actually remove the paneling and start fresh with the walls underneath. You can also go over your paneling and paint it, or add wallpaper in order to breathe new life into the outdated panels. While panels add dimension, faded faux wood is a style that instantly dates the home. Use the texture of the panels to add interest to the room, just update the color or design with some modern styles.

Get Rid of the Skylights

Skylights were the rage in the 60’s and 70’s, but they can present problems with leaking. You simply may tire of them after a while as well. If you think it’s time for the skylights to go, you’ll want to get a hold of a good contractor. It will involve putting in drywall and painting on the inside of your home, while new shingles or roofing material will have to be added to your roof. During the removal process, you can deal with any issues with mold or rotting that have occurred around the skylight.

Adapt the Open Space Living Room

Many homes from the 70’s follow the layout of one large open space on the first floor, rather than having a designated living room. You may have an open space design in your living room, meaning most of your space has been utilized in one large room. While that open area may seem impressive, you want to make better use of your space. Rather than get complicated with adding new walls, you can divide the room into different areas. Establish a dining area that is close to your kitchen, create a home office in one corner, and move your living room furniture to another section of the room. You will transform one room into three. Remember that you don’t have to follow the format of the original layout, but can use the space according to your needs and preferences.

Open Up the Kitchen

It was common to separate the kitchen from the rest of the home in the 70’s. If you want to feel like you are still a part of the action while you are working in the kitchen, you can hire a contractor to take out the wall that divides the kitchen from the living room. Add an island with stools and you can sit in the kitchen while you oversee the excitement in the next room, instead of feeling like you are in exile. A custom home builder in Peterborough alternatively suggests that you install a screen in between the two rooms so they are still separated, but that still allows you to hear and see into the next room when cooking in the kitchen.

You don’t have to live in the 70’s forever. Make a few changes in the design scheme of your home to create a contemporary atmosphere that brings the home into 2015. Luckily many retro designs are coming back into style, so you can create a mixture of throwback style and updated functionality to end up with a home that you truly love.

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