Six Quick Tips to Give Your Old House an Interior Facelift

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Old houses often have a certain charm you won’t find with newer homes. However, many also need some additional care in order to accentuate what they already have. Here are six tips to improve your old home’s interior you can do in a weekend.

Renew the Walls

Whether you choose the same wall color or opt for a new one, adding a fresh coat of paint or new wallpaper instantly revives your home’s interior. For the best effect when painting, take the extra time to repair nail holes and other dents before applying the primer and paint.

Get Rid of Clutter

Getting rid of clutter doesn’t mean just getting rid of your old, broken items. Even the nicest possessions can make a home look cramped when too many overcrowd a room or table top. Choose your favorite pieces of furniture, artwork, and other decor to keep out, and put the rest stored away or donate it to charity. You might be surprised at how much better your home looks simply by creating more open space.

Give it a Thorough Cleaning

Even when you take care to keep your home clean and well maintained, over time, dust, debris, and odors settle in crevices, carpet, walls, ceilings, and floors. A thorough cleaning should be one of the top priorities when giving an old house an interior facelift. For best results, make sure you hire a professional cleaning service. Companies like McMaid can bring the equipment and the cleaning products to remove the worst stains and leave everything spotless and deodorized.

Add New Area Rugs

After your floors are clean, it is time to enhance them. Adding new area rugs is a quick and easy way to beautify a room without the extra work of replacing flooring. Area rugs also add warmth and help to muffle sound. To choose the right size and be sure to measure the room before shopping. Match the style of rug to the rest of your decor. Ornate Persian rugs go better with older traditional styles, for example, while solid colors work with nearly all decor styles whether contemporary or traditional.

Replace Old Window Treatments

Window treatments have a significant visual impact. If you change interior decor but keep the old, drab curtains you’ve had for decades, it will be very noticeable and detract from the whole room. Luckily these usually don’t cost too much and can be installed pretty quickly.

Add New Light Fixtures

Most rooms can be quickly enhanced by switching old light fixtures out for new ones. Replacing a boring or outdated light fixture with a simple, elegant chandelier can instantly add luxury and class to a drab dining room. Adding additional lighting, like wall sconces or lamps, can brighten up dreary areas to make the home feel warmer and more welcoming.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when following design tips for your interior is to make sure the style matches the exterior in some way. This doesn’t mean you can’t have some modern elements within a traditional style, such as a Victorian home, but the interior style should harmonize in some way with the exterior style.

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