Selling Houses Australia

Tips to Work with Dated Interiors

Design trends for interiors are a bit like fashion, when they’re in your home is the height of sophistication. When they’re out, It’s a bit like those dodgy outfits you wore in the 80’s - better not be seen again!

Thankfully you don’t need a full reno to keep your house looking good, its all about smart changes. Follow my top tips and keep your home feeling fresh.

  • Wall colours are often the first thing that dates the interior of house. But luckily this is one of the easiest things to fix. if you have a character home, you can still get away with a little more drama on the walls.
  • Don’t make too many assumptions about your buyers’ colour preferences. Neutrals are always safe. If the new owners really want a feature wall, they can take care of it themselves! Floor coverings also have a huge impact.
  • Old dated carpet? – that’s easy, just get rid of it, and replace with something fresh and modern. But what about when it’s a feature that’s a little more permanent?
  • Slate and tile floors do have their advantages - keeping the room cool, easy to clean but they can make a house appear behind the times. So first you’ll need to make sure your wall colour doesn’t contribute to the dated look and that furnishings are kept contemporary and bright.
  • Old-fashioned bathroom or kitchen tiles can easily be brought up to date with clean and white resurfacing, which is an economical and quick solution.

  • Don’t forget little changes you can make like door handles, appliances, light fittings and window treatments. 

And remember, unless you have successfully created a successful “retro” fitout – “dated” is definitely not stylish.

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