Much like fashion, interior design has gone through a number of changes in the past decades. Although there are a couple of ideas still considered fashionable for the present, keeping to a dated aesthetic can make your home look like a set for a retro-inspired sitcom.
For this reason, it’s important to know the difference between timeless design and dated concepts that should be left in the past. By doing so, you can easily give your home the modern makeover it needs to get out of the time warp it’s been stuck in for years.
Not sure where to begin? Well, that’s what we’re here for. We’ve compiled some tips to help you transform your old space into one ready for the rest of 2012 and onward.
Tip #1: Spot the Dated, Keep the Timeless
The best way to take your home out of a time warp is to take out anything that shows how many generations have passed it. However, this doesn’t mean throwing everything out; there are some things you can keep. Each decade has its own share of timeless and tacky trends.
• The 60’s
Keep: Organic, custom-built furniture.
You can never go wrong with such items in your home.
Discard: Clashing color and pattern combinations and anything tie-dyed.
Although these designs are still acceptable on clothing, think twice before drawing interior design inspiration from them.
• The 70’s
Keep: Colored appliances.
In case they go with your new interior design concept.
Discard: Fuzzy shag carpets.
These dust-magnets have got to go!
• The 80’s
Keep: Faux finishes.
These still apply to some modern design concepts.
Discard: Loud color schemes.
Do your eyes a favor and get rid of the pink, blue, and neon rooms.
• The 90’s
Keep: The focus on appliances and convenience.
Easy daily living is always welcome.
Discard: Boring, drab paint jobs.
In contrast to the previous decade, the lack of color can be as bad as having too much.
Tip #2: Find Modern Replacements
Once you’ve gotten rid of everything gaudy and dated, it’s time to replace them with furniture that will enhance and modernize the look of your home. By purchasing modern upholstery for the living room and finding a contemporary dining set for the dining area, you’ll be standing in a modern home in no time.
To make things easier for you, it helps to look for furniture sets. This way, you don’t need to go through the overwhelming task of mixing and matching different pieces of furniture
Tip #3: Save Amid the Time Warp Makeover
Of course, keeping the makeover budget-friendly is always a plus. Possible ways to save a few bucks include selling your dated furniture in a yard sale and getting your new items from one place for better set prices.
While you’re at it, you can check out our Friday the 13th sale (Friday, April 13, 2012) where you can get a 13% discount on our lowest tagged prices, buy with up to 13 months no finance charges, buy anything and pay only 13 cents down, and find up to 13 hot purchases that include the Lane Queen Anne Recliner, the Klick Klak Sofa Bed, and a five-piece dinette. Find out more by visiting our website.
These are just some ways you can rescue your home from a dated design disaster. If you have more ideas, feel free to share them – we’d love to hear from you!