Outdated Home Decor Styles

Sep 29, 2020 | Home Décor

Family in a kitchen

When it comes to remodeling a house, many people wish to go old school in hopes of giving their abode a vintage look. While there is nothing wrong with the desire to have a home that sports antique décor styles, but sometimes homeowners can mix up antique with ancient. Many a time, though unknowingly, people end up putting outdated elements of interior design in their homes mistaking them for timeless specimens.

Although many interior design trends are classic and can add historic charm to any home, some of them can make a house look old-fashioned. Therefore, one must stay cautious when decorating their home to avoid falling prey to out of style trends of decades past.

And if you already have some behind the times’ design elements in your home, then maybe it’s time to tear them down. Getting rid of obsolete décor styling is not only crucial for the appearance of a house, but also for its value. If your home carries bits and snippets of the ancient past, it’s most likely not going to do well on the real estate market. So, if you want to increase the value of your estate, you should make sure that your house is free of the following archaic trends.

Wood Paneling

Wood panelling was the epitome of home décor in the 60s and 70s. Most houses back then were embellished with long wooden panels, which made any place look grand. The appeal of a house was enhanced ten folds with wood panelling. But now designers have moved on. In this era, wood panelling is not a welcomed feature in homes, and it makes a place dull and outdated significantly.

If you have real wood panels in your home, you should think about getting rid of them. However, pulling out wood panelling can be quite expensive. So, if you want to freshen up the look of your house without spending big bucks, get the panes painted with neutral shades. Painting over wood panelling is an effective and inexpensive way to enhance your home.

And if you have sheets of wood panels covering your walls, then you don’t even have to spend money on paint. Just pull off the sheets, and you are good to go!

Central Carpeting and Shag Carpets

There was a time when putting carpet everywhere in a home made it classy and greatly increased its appeal. But that is now history. Now home with wall-to-wall carpet just looks drab and out of fashion. Yeah, we know carpets feel wonderful under the feet, but they don’t add elegance to a place as they once did. So, you should think about removing carpet from your home, if you have it everywhere, and consider getting a wooden or tiled floor.

Although all carpets are now old, shag carpets are especially passé. No matter how lush it feels under your feet, get rid of that shag carpet in your room NOW!

Honey Toned Cabinets

Kitchens in the 80s and 90s wouldn’t exist without honey toney cabinets. If anybody wanted a tasteful kitchen look, they had to install golden-toned cabinets. But as white and black cabinets became popular, the 90s staple became outdated.

If you still have those in your kitchen and don’t want to get a full-fledged remodel, consider painting your cabinets to renew their look. You can also change the hardware on them to further enhance their look.

Popcorn Ceilings

Back in the day, nubby ceilings were the ultimate trend in homes. People loved to have popcorn ceilings over their heads back then. But as homeowners became more design-savvy, popcorn ceilings lost their popularity.

Even though now the once cherished knobbly ceilings are not liked by most house owners, they continue to exist in homes due to their tricky removal process. But if you hire an expert team of remodelers, you can find a solution to your outdated ceiling.

Built-in Media Cabinets

Large and unbelievably deep, built-in media cabinets were a mark of pride some time ago. They were considered the ultimate entertainment unit to have in a home. But the immense popularity of media cabinets at the time can be attributed to deep television sets that needed a lot of room to settle in. Nonetheless, they were valued dearly by people.

However, now they just look a misfit in any home. Just as you threw out your old TV, pull out its resting place too.

Linoleum Flooring

Whether in the kitchen or living room, linoleum flooring in this era is just wrong. You can’t have a linoleum floor and expect to get a good offer on your house because let’s be real; that’s not going to happen. No matter how sparkly and shiny your floor looks, it will not add value to your place. You must replace it with a more contemporary material such as tile or wood.

Terrazzo Flooring

Seriously? How can you still have terrazzo flooring in your home? It was well-liked in the time of Herbert Hoover! If you don’t want to come off as someone who doesn’t have a refined sense of style, you need to tear down the T-flooring in your place now.

You’ll thank us later when you get a hefty amount for your estate.

Dark Granite Overload

The beginning of the 21st century saw dark granite overload in kitchens. While granite is still a popular countertop choice for kitchens, it is not mass applied as before. Now kitchens are designed using a mix of materials with granite accents. Moreover, people now prefer light shade granite slabs to cover their counters as they make the space brighter and bigger.

Wallpaper Borders

In the 90s, if people wanted to add character to their walls, they would add wallpaper borders at the top or middle of the walls. But those days are gone. If you want to add personality to a wall in this era, consider putting a bright accent or crown molding.

There is nothing wrong with following trends, but just make sure the trends you follow are actually en vogue! If you want to learn more about renewing home design, then reach out to us at Ryson Renovations.