There's something to be said for timeless decorations and furnishings. Sometimes an old hutch, family heirloom, or memento, as to the charm and design of an entire room but there are also things that are simply outdated and there's not much you can do about it but replace it altogether. If you're looking at updating your house, either for sale, or you're just tired of living in the past, these are 10 things that make any house feel outdated.
#1. Carpet everywhere.
Carpet is fine in some rooms such as bedrooms and maybe even down the hall but rooms such as dining rooms, living rooms, and God forbid, bathrooms, are simply outdated. It may be time to either rip up those carpets and see if you have hardwood flooring underneath or find new flooring and update several rooms at once.
#2. Honey oak cabinetry.
This was the go to in the 1980s and 1990s, even up until a few years into the 2000s but this style and tone is completely outdated. White, gray or even black cabinets is really popular in a lot of newer homes or a darker shade of stain. If you have cabinets that are in good shape, it might be just time to refinish or paint what you already have.
#3. Tan or beige walls.
First, it was stark white, and then we went to a warm a tan or beige color. But in today's modern homes a darker color such as grays, dark blues, Navy colors and even off-white have become a more popular choice. Dark gray walls with white trim are becoming extremely popular but warmer beiges, yellow, or peach are starting to feel out of date. The good news is this is one of the cheapest ways to update your home.
#4. Pastel colored fixtures.
Now, I don't know too many homes that still have pink toilets or baby blue sinks, but they are still out there. If you're dealing with avocado refrigerators and orange tone bathtubs, it's definitely time to bring your home into the 21st century. This is seriously 1960s or 1970s and if you plan on selling, you are literally going to scare buyers away.
#5. Gold or brass fixtures.
This was very popular in the 1980s and 1990s whether it's a faucet, light fixture or fireplace louvers. There are several places where gold is making a comeback but brushed steel, nickel, antique bronze and similar colors are really the norm right now. Many of the newer goldtone hardware has a rounded or geometrically inspired silhouette instead of the clunky shapes from decades past.