Selling Houses Australia

How To Demodernise a House

When is modern too modern? When you strip a period house of all its features. Shaynna Blaze shares her expert advice to ensure you keep the balance between old and new.

It’s easy to get carried away during a renovation and forget that it’s the architectural details that give a house character.

A totally modern kitchen in a traditional home is at odds - it clashes with all the lovely fret work and age of the house.

How can we demodernise it? 

This doesn’t mean banishing all the up to date features – just redressing the balance right between new and old.

It's too costly to change everything so concentrate on the easy to fix projects:

- Put the cornicing back in with this modern re-production. It’s a cost effective way to bring back some heritage feel.

- Replace the splash backs with beautiful tiles is another great touch. They’re still practical but now echo the period of the house

- You can put some yesteryear feel into a home with lighting - and a feature light over the dining table is a good example. I've used the same fitting in the lounge and master bed for continuity.

- Painting over this statement wall is a must. The colour I've chosen here is still on trend but has a more traditional feel.

- This spiral staircase is out of place in this home and replacing it would be expensive. But you can minimize the impact by painting the balustrades and the wall behind it the same dark colour.

- Buyers expect some modernisation in a property but period features are a real selling point in a traditional home – so keep some of them.

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