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Things That Make a House Feel Dated

POSTED April 23, 2019

From HGTV to Elle Décor, Family Handyman to My Domaine, we found four surprising interior design elements that make a house look and feel dated. When you’re shopping for a home, weigh the pros and cons of new construction vs. resale – and consider how “yesterday” some things are, and what it would cost to update them! Here are four in-your-face features that date interiors, and why new vs. used can eliminate most if not all!

Lighting That Screams 90s Décor

Light fixtures are one of the simplest ways to make a modern, happening statement in a home. The ceiling light fixtures that came standard in many homes 20 years ago are a far cry from the latest lighting options. Check out the au currant choices at Lumens. The 21st century options are stunning, unusual, creative and hugely varied – from pendants and flush mounts to linear suspension and shadow-casting lighting. It’s inspirational and almost overwhelming, but choices like these are what you’ll find in the design centers of new home builders like Crystal Valley’s. And design staff help you define and refine your choices to insure you love what you choose!

Throwback Appliances and Patterns

White refrigerators, stoves and dishwashers are so DONE. To replace these items can set you back a few thousand dollars. But in new home construction you’ll find the latest finishes, from stainless steel (almost out, too!) and sleek slate to matte black finishes. These industrial-style appliances appear much more streamlined and up-to-date while adding a touch of luxe to kitchen spaces. And the bonus? They’re much easier to keep clean!

You’ve heard of damask, right? It was (and still is, in some cases) a reversible figured fabric of silk, wool, linen cotton or synthetic. This type of pattern could be found on everything from upholstery and wallpaper to curtains in the 90s. If you still have this upholstery fabric on a piece of furniture in your home, consider an update of large, statement blooms instead. And a word about wallpaper patterns and borders, whether it runs through the middle of a nursery, or encircles the middle or top of your wall, this trend was over in the 90s, too. Don’t be tempted to install it in your new home. Instead, look into these fashionable (and super fun) wallpaper trends from Elle Decor.

If you’re in love with chevron designs, you might want to consult this HGTV collection of things that date a home. Chevron designs were popular at the turn of THIS century, but designers advise us to toss out anything that remotely resembles layered heartbeats. You get the picture. 

Want to see some of the top décor trends of 2019? Elle Décor rounded up some of the artistic Etsy statement accents, bold patterns and hues for the year for inspiration and adaptation. 

Saving for Updates

In five to 15 years, even the most on-fleek interiors can need a little refreshing, whether it’s a coat of paint, an accent wall, a few new layers in pillows and art, or a particularly “in” piece of furniture that brings everything current. My Domaine suggests setting aside a few dollars here and there for a dedicated décor savings account. Interior design has a habit of changing regularly, and you won’t feel so extravagant spending a bit for updates if you’ve been saving for them!

Up-to-the-Minute in Crystal Valley

One of the best things about moving into a brand new home in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley, is just that – it’s brand new!. You get to pick and choose so many fixtures and finishes that you’ll be up-to-the-minute long before you tire of your choices! Explore the natural setting and all the beautiful models and move-in ready homes from Richmond American Homes, Kauffman Homes and D.R. Horton– priced from the $300s.


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