Making old spaces feel new again

Six tips from a local realtor and interior designer to freshen up any older home.

First-time homebuyers can easily get lost in the numerous “imperfect” features of an older house. While outdated paint colors and cumbersome furniture layouts may be hard to see past, there are plenty of ways to feature the unique characteristics of the house while infusing your own style into your new home. Start with picture frames, mementos from trips, or treasured gifts. Then, add organic touches such as plants and flowers, either live or artificial. Incorporate texture with bright pillows and soft blankets. Simple changes will make a huge difference, and soon your new “older” home will feel personalized just for you.

Local realtor Andrea Owens with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Advantage teamed with interior designer Alyssa Mangan, owner of Blue Dahlia Designs in Webster Groves. They offer six suggestions that can transform any space in your home without breaking the bank.

1. Transform an outdated kitchen by painting or refinishing the cabinets, changing hardware, or repurposing a bureau as afree-standing island to increase prep space.

2.  Paint old flooring with durable paint or layer some rugs to hide imperfections and add a cozy and colorful touch to your home.

3.  Remove outdated wallpaper or cover the walls with new wallpaper that matches your style.

4.  Paint old paneling the same color as the other walls to help it blend in, or feature the paneling by painting it an interesting accent color.

5.  Update doors and trim with new colors like black or dark grey for a more modern look.

6.  Change outdated light fixtures or give new life to older fixtures with a fresh coat of paint.

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