Pittsburgh is a HUGE market for the old, outdated homes. While the architecture and layouts are simply beautiful, the room sizes, cracks in the old plaster, and outdated wall paper will always put a damper on the way a home feels. Sometimes these old homes have a “dusty” or “dull” environment and its hard to envision what the space would look like with just a simple splash of paint. BUT with dedication and simple design tricks, you can really turn this home into a beautiful place again. Now, all of us would love to simply move walls, add on additions, install more windows, and completely gut the old pink and baby blue tiles from the bathroom. BUT that is a whole lot of work, especially if you are doing this project on a dime! So I always suggest these three tips to really give the space the look it longs for:
1.Paint Paint Paint!
2.Hardwood Floor under that carpet? PROBABLY!! RESTORE IT!
3.Add mirrors, colors, and textures to vibe up the space!
By painting the walls, baseboards, trim and ceiling, you can really go from drab to fab instantly! A lot of old homes have the buttercream, dirty yellow, or the dark red paint on each single wall, making the space seem dark, small, and uninviting. By painting with a nice, bright, neutral color, that space will instantly look better!
The next step is checking to see if there are wonderful hardwood floors underneath that old, worn out carpet! Most of the time there is! And if you’re lucky, all they need is a quick polish! REMEMBER, hardwood is in! So uncover the natural beauty of the home and let it shine!
Finally, the last layers of the space is what counts! Mirrors make a room feel brighter and add the dimension needed, and color schematics and fun textures add depth and youth to the space! So, follow these simple rules, and your old home will be looking updated in no time!