Whether you are a new homebuyer, or longtime homeowner, odds are you’re familiar with the dull and uninviting ambiance of an outdated room. It can be challenging to pinpoint which specific element can cause that undesirable feeling. Does the space have too little light? Is it overwhelmed by too much furniture? Is it drowning in an old-fashioned color scheme?
From the hundreds of homes we’ve shown, toured, listed and more, here are The Cesi Pagano Team’s 5 tricks for giving an old room new life!
1. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way
A fresh coat of paint on the walls can really set the tone for a room. If you’re about to sell your home, go for a more neutral tone that will be acceptable to everyone. If not, explore with different color schemes, but don’t go too crazy. Loud, obnoxious colors can further outdate a room.
Additionally, don’t be afraid to paint outdated furniture either. A coat of paint on can quickly bring any piece from the 80’s into the present day.
2. The most important design feature of a room is functionality
While pillows, pops of color, candles, and other interior design elements are important to keeping a room up to date and welcoming, the most important factor is functionality. If a room does not function well, all the adornments in the world will not make it desirable.
When you want to revamp a room, start by asking yourself, “What is going to go on in here?” Then decide how you’ll furnish and decorate the room keeping in mind its functionality.
3. Lighting will set the tone of any room
If a room is too bright or too dull, it can easily outdate it. Once again, go back to functionality. Will the room be used for dining/entertainment or rest and relaxation?
We love statement lighting! Find a great light fixture to set the tone of the room. Find other elements that work well and complement that piece and go from there.
4. Reducing clutter is the quickest way to update any room
Reducing clutter makes your space more open and clean, and infinitely more appealing. If you have a hard time parting with your stuff, but you can’t stand the clutter, buy some storage containers. If it’s too much to store under your bed or in a closet, consider renting a storage unit.
5. Keep rooms smelling fresh
Opening windows should be done as much as the weather permits! And living here in Southern California, that means nearly everyday! Nothing is better than the smell of fresh air. Aside from that, keep floors clean by vacuuming and moping often. A scented candle or air freshener can also do the trick.