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Avoid Dated Decor

The beautiful paint color on the walls. That perfect accent chair in the corner. The window treatments that pull the whole room together. Each of these is part of our decorating style, and few things are more satisfying than knowing that every room in your house is decorated in style. But no matter how great and fresh our style may seem today, the décor of Louisville homes is sure to become dated if we don’t freshen things up a bit from time to time. By definition, “style” doesn’t last forever.

An outdated look may not trouble you too much if interior design just isn’t an interest or yours. But a dated décor becomes a serious real estate liability if you’re putting your house on the market. Potential buyers who visit need to be able to envision themselves living in your home in the very near future, and they aren’t able to do that when its rooms appears stuck in the past.
Fortunately, it doesn’t take a major financial investment or a great deal of decorating skill to update your home’s look. By simply getting rid of some outdated decorating touches like these, you’ll be able to bring your home into the 21st century.

Move Over, Mauve – In the 80s and early 90s, light rose colored walls and upholstery were all the rage. But mauve’s 15 minutes of fame is long gone, so if this color is in your house, you’ll want it to be gone from there too. Not sure what color to use in its place? Just take an accent pillow or wall hanging that you want to match to a paint store and ask the experts there. That way you’re sure to have a color that is not only fresh and up to date but also perfect for your particular room.

Light With Lamps – When it comes to lighting a room, track lighting used to be the ultimate in vogue style. But today, breaking up a lovely ceiling with track or can lights seems to take away rather than add to a room’s ambiance. Floor and table lamps are now the preferred way to light up a room, and with the millions of designs and colors available for both the lamp itself and its decorative shades, the design possibilities are truly endless.

Bring Down Borders – The stylish wall covering must-have in the 80s was the wallpaper border. Whether your walls were painted or covered floor to ceiling in wall paper, a border in a complimentary color and style was thought to be a decorating dream. But this dream is one that it’s time to wake up from. Borders are definitely out.

Free the Flowers – If the iconic 1985 home had mauve-colored walls with a matching wall paper border accented with track lighting, then it also had a sofa or chair upholstered in a fabric with huge, bright flowers. This kind of floral pattern was thought to be a great way to add a dramatic color to even the most drab room. But these floral pieces are now considered too loud. Today’s designers prefer to cover major furniture pieces in soft neutral fabrics and instead bring in color in smaller doses with decorative accents like pillows, vases or art pieces.

Interior design doesn’t have to be your top priority most of the time, but if you want to sell your house, it becomes a necessary strategy for enticing prospective buyers into making an offer. By simply getting rid of these types of dated décor, you can bring your Louisville home into the 21st century.

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