As the saying goes, what’s old is new again! While you invested in a newer home for the convenience, energy efficiency or peace of mind, you might be missing some of the character that comes with an older home.
These seven simple touches will make your new home more charming and allow you to have the best of both worlds.
1. Door Knob Swap
A quaint feature in homes from the early 1900s is the use of glass door knobs throughout the inside of the home. You can find reproduction glass knobs for around $15 a piece to add some sparkle to your doors.
2. Build It In
Many older homes combine style and function in the form of built-in storage, including bookcases, window seats or china cabinets. It’s never too late to add these features, and whether you enlist the help of a contractor is up to you. Search online for DIY ideas.
3. Stairway Show Stoppers
Old Victorian homes often feature ornate rugs on the stairs. You can mix old and new by installing a runner rug that fits your taste, but use runner rods instead of carpet nails to keep it in place. Dial up the charm by picking an oil rubbed bronze finish for the rods.
4. Stain Your Glass
Stained glass windows are always eye-catching in older homes. You can inexpensively add decorative window film to small windows in a stairwell or bathroom to recreate this classic look.
5. Bigger Is Better
The craftsmanship in older homes is often what sets them apart. Classic thick crown molding, high baseboards and wide door casings are all things that you can easily incorporate into your new home with a nail gun, some glue and a long weekend.
6. Make A Switch
Swap out builder-grade switch plates with something a bit ornate. Metal covers in polished brass or satin nickel will evoke an older feel and give your space a more personalized look.
7. Swatch Watch
Classic color pallets will give a nod to homes of the past and will stick around longer than Pantone’s Color of the Year. Opt for earthy hues including browns, yellows and greens, which were popular in the early 20th century.
We all want the best of both worlds, and we shouldn’t have to settle for a new home that’s missing classic “older home” charm. Swap out your doorknobs or choose earthy colors that were popular in the past to give your home the hint of character you’re looking for.