Period properties are really hot right now. Homeowners love them as they often feature many of the original features, which can really enhance a vintage feel. However, it can sometimes be necessary to bring old houses into the 21st Century with some slight updates and modern touches. By updating just small areas of period properties, you are ensuring that the house is modern and comfortable while still retaining some of its original style and charm.
Here are some great modern updates you can make that won’t make any period property look too modern.
Replace old windows
If your home still has its original windows, it is probably time that these are replaced. Period properties often feature windows that are extremely old and, as a result, can be quite draughty. To keep the quintessential charm of your home, you don’t have to stray too far from its original features. For example, you can still opt for traditional sash windows with a modern twist. That way you get all the benefits of the rustic aesthetics but with all the energy efficiency of upgraded windows.
Use modern shades and colours
More often than not, homeowners decorate their old homes to reflect the age in which they were built. This is perfectly fine if you want to create a vintage decor in your home, but it won’t work so well if you want to try and modernise things. So, rather than going for shades and colours that are favoured by vintage trends, go for bright and bold colours. You will find that the contrast between the shades and the property’s architecture will look very stylish indeed.
Extend the property
If you would rather retain the main property’s vintage feel, you can always add a modern extension. You can then style this new part of the house in a more contemporary interior design. One of the easiest extensions you can add on is a conservatory, which will look great decorated in a minimalist style. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you could always extend the property to create an extra bedroom.
Update the kitchen
As the kitchen is often the busiest room in the home, many families usually prefer theirs to be as modern and practical as possible. So, it’s worth considering a modern kitchen in your period home. This isn’t just so you can update the interiors, though, as updating the kitchen will also increase the overall value of your home.
Upcycle vintage and period pieces
If you have quite a bit of old furniture that you have been wanting to throw out, you could try upcycling it instead. This just means bringing these old items of furniture up to date with some stylish additions. For instance, you might want to paint a Victorian chest of drawers in a really funky colour! Or why not just add some different knobs to brighten it up a bit? There are many ways you can upcycle your old furniture!
You don’t have to put up with a dated decor just because you live in an old house!