Is Your Home Hopelessly Outdated


Life gets busy, projects get put off, and over the years, our homes go from trendy to simply livable. We might paint a wall here or replace an appliance there, but a multitude of ignored jobs eventually add up to equal an incredibly outdated whole. Take a look around and see if you can spot any of the following signs that your home is in need of an update.

Gold … Everywhere

From door handles to bathroom faucets, the ’80s saw an onslaught of gold, much of which is still hanging around. While updated metallic fixtures are available, the shiny, clunky, gold-plated ones of the past are no longer in style. Try replacing them with brushed nickel for a more modern look. As for faucets, go one step further and opt for smart faucet models that you can operate hands-free, regulate the temperature, and improve efficiency.

Wood Paneling

Nothing screams the ’70s quite like wood-paneled walls. At one time, these particle board panels seemed to cover every square inch of wall space and were especially popular in basements. If your home is still sporting faux-wood walls, consider having them replaced with drywall or at least paint over them.

A Thermostat From the Dark Ages

If you’re still manually adjusting your thermostat, it’s time for a new one. Not only are constant adjustments a sign that your HVAC system is due for an upgrade, but they also signal that you’re missing out on modern amenities such as smart thermostats. Smart thermostats allow you to set them and avoid constantly readjusting them, making them incredibly convenient. Using the latest technology, the algorithms in these gadgets are able to learn your habits and preferences and automatically adjust the temperature.

Wall-to-Wall Carpet

Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, hardwood everywhere was hidden beneath never-ending rolls of carpeting. Get brave and pull up a corner of your carpet to see what’s underneath. You may be pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful natural wood floor that needs only a little TLC. If you’re not that lucky, consider swapping out the dusty carpet for stone tile or hardwood for a timeless look. Adding a funky area rug can warm up the space and, best of all, can easily be switched out as styles change.

Colorful Appliances

Pastels in the ’50s, reds and oranges in the ’60s, and avocado green and harvest gold in the ’70s. Trends in hued appliances have come and gone. If you still have a green stove or a yellow refrigerator, replace it with a stainless-steel energy-efficient model for a sleeker, more contemporary look.

The Wall Treatments of Yesteryear

Chintz wallpaper, a floral-print border, and sponge-painted walls are like a billboard advertising the last time you decided to update your decor. Think about switching to timeless neutrals or bring yourself into the current decade by opting for the next trend in paint colors.

How did you do? Are you still living with any of these features from decades past? Use the tips above to take your home from outdated to modern in no time.