If your home is in its fourth decade or older, it’s going through a mid life crisis and likely needs a boost to get it unstuck. There's no need to start shopping for a newer, younger model when there are simple things you can do to bring your house into the next fulfilling phase of its life. Here are the warning signs to watch out for:
1. Popcorn Ceilings: Removing all that awful texture is like the Botox of home improvement. Get rid of all those bumps and make your ceiling look fresh and smooth again. The Wall Street Journal published this amazing renovation of a home with all the hallmarks of 1970s design, like the hallway above.
And here it is post renovation, looking much sleeker and more modern.
2. Wall-to-Wall Carpeting: If your home still has its wall-to-wall shag, it’s time to address all those thinning fibers. Just like balding men should consider shaving their entire head, think about replacing the carpet with some good-looking and more modern hardwood. Above, this is what Virgina's 70s house looked like pre-renovation.
And here it is with new hardwood floors installed. Big difference.
3. Frumpy Fixtures: Chandeliers and fixtures are great places for a little splurge. Akin to buying a motorcycle, or some expensive jewelry, some homes just need that little bit of outward flash and sparkle to feel alive again.
4. Heavy Builds: A quick way to lose a lot of weight is to lighten up the built-in features that are in place. Lauren Lies was able to visually shed a lot of pounds by replacing the bulky stairway leading down to the lower level.
Here it is with a much airier metal railing that feels much lighter.
5. Dated Appearance: Sometimes a trip to the makeup counter is just the ticket when you need a little boost in your appearance. Update old-fashioned stone with a fresh facade and you'll completely modernize the space, making it feel brand new. Above, here's what Our Humble Abode's fireplace looked like when they moved in.
This is what it looked like after.
6.Drab Color Palette: Your greying hair (or beige walls) are looking a little dull and lifeless. Sprucing up the space with new shades will do wonders and bring a room into the 21st century. Above, Lyndsey took a paintbrush to this classic 70s-style room with drab walls.
And here's what it looked like once she painted it a more dramatic and modern gray.
7. Cheap Doors: If your interior and closet doors have let themselves go (or never really got themselves there in the first place), update their wardrobe a little bit by adding some custom features that make them look more put together and polished. White Nest had a plain hollow core door and updated it a little bit.
With some narrow trim and a new coat of paint, it now looks much more sophisticated.
8. Bad Wallpaper: At some point this wallpaper seemed like a good idea, but now you are rethinking every design decision ever made in the history of time. In stead of fretting about the past, look to the future. Above, a very 1970s bathroom with patterned wallpaper in desperate need of a re-haul.
And then here's the same bathroom with a proud new look, courtesy of R Squared Interiors.
9. Absolutely Nothing Is Working: The flow is terrible, the decor is a nightmare, and the flooring sucks. When all else fails, it’s time for surgery — or remodeling in this case. Break your home’s bones and reconfigure it to be a newer version of itself. Your friends will no longer recognize where you live.