Unless we’ve just moved into our dream home, there’s probably a room (or two or three) that we’d like to update. Sometimes we just want to keep up with the Joneses and although our room looks great by anyone’s standards, we’d just like to see something newer. Sometimes, however, the room hasn’t been touched for three decades and it’s decidedly outdated. Maybe it’s so outdated, it could be featured in a museum. Or perhaps it’s so old, it’s chic again!
Consider these photos of outdated decor.
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A change of flooring can make an enormous difference in a room, but unlike a new vase for your mantle or a coat of paint on an accent wall, flooring can be a sizeable investment. (And it really is an investment that can improve the resale value of your home.) So what kind of flooring should you choose to avoid having your kids and grandkids make fun of “that avocado green sculptured carpet at grandma’s house”? How do you ensure it’ll be something you’ll love forever (or at least a couple decades)?
My advice on this one is simple. You can’t go wrong with the classics. Wood floors will always look good. Laminate flooring is a great, cheaper, (and more durable, and easily maintained in my opinion) alternative to wood floors. And when you have wood or laminate floors, you can always change it up by adding a new area rug thus freshening the look, yet avoiding the expense of redoing your flooring altogether.
If you opt for carpeting or tile, stick with neutral colors. Although neon orange might be all the rage this season, chances are you’re going to hate it in a couple years (or sooner). Also, when you have a neutral beige, for example, you can always replace or change your furniture without having to redo your floors.
Before taking the time and money to install new flooring, do your homework. Research which brands hold up the best. Take your time looking at different options. Bring home a sample to see what it will really look like in your home, among your furniture, in your lighting before purchasing anything. In the end, you’ll be happy with your investment and your room will be a place in which you’ll enjoy gathering.
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