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The Ultimate Update

From granite countertops to taupe walls, there are a number of home design trends that can make your property look like it’s stuck in the ’90s. Although the looks may have been a hit in past decades, they now are considered outdated and overly underwhelming. To quickly bring your home up-to-date and allow it to look contemporary, there are a few ways to create a current style that you can feel comfortable in at an affordable price.


Use a Blend of Natural Materials

More homes are using a blend of natural materials in the home for a cozy and laid-back space. Consider using weaved baskets, copper bowls, and wood lampshades for modern accessories that don’t have to match. This type of design will allow you to incorporate rustic, neutral colors that aren’t bland and boring. These materials add texture, dimension, and interest rather than making the entire room look “safe” with every color blending together. Instead of buying all new home décor, you can shop at garage sales and thrift stores to find unique, vintage items that blend well together. Try for some one-of-a-kind things.


Incorporate Eclectic Textiles

To add extra detail and dimension to various rooms in the home, use bold textiles that offer a glimpse into other cultures and create a unique space. The variety of patterns and colors available today will make for an exotic environment that is anything but cookie-cutter. Choose a few shades to work into a color scheme, and then have fun with items that don’t necessarily “match.” Area rugs, throw pillows, drapes, and wall décor can have a similar vibe, but don’t have to all be the same color or pattern to look good.


Buy Vintage Furniture

More people are looking back to the 1960s and ’70s with their furniture choices for items that can be found at flea markets. Vintage furniture makes a statement in any room of the home and includes wicker chairs, sleek dressers, and gold coffee tables. Just because you are updating your home, it doesn’t mean you have to go for a contemporary or modern design. Vintage items are very popular right now, so you can find plenty of furniture and décor that has an antique flair. Again, hit a few yard sales or thrift stores in your area to find vintage pieces that can be fixed up and used in your home. If you find a piece you like, you can easily sand it down and give it a new coat of paint, or reupholster the piece to give it new life.


Add Moroccan Poufs

In 2015, living rooms are slowly being transformed into areas that are easy to lounge and relax in for a space that feels less structured. Add a Moroccan pouf or two on the floors for a great way to kick your feet up or offer extra seating to your guests. You can choose poufs in fun colors and textures to add another element of style to the room. To go the cheaper route, try making your own—there are plenty of simple tutorials for making your own pouf. As you implement this stylish trend, your living space will look anything but outdated.


Revamp Outdated Materials

Some materials around the home will age it instantly—faded wood, dingy linoleum, or outdated appliances. By giving new life to the run-down areas of the home, you can bring it out of the 90s and into the 21st century. Professionals who specialize in major renovations in Calgary suggest that you replace or refinish flooring that is over 15 years old, especially if it is scratched or cracking. You can also refinish faded cabinets, tear up old carpet and use original hardwood floors, and repaint the trim or moldings around the house to give things a quick update. With a little elbow grease and the right varnish or stain, you can refinish your floors or cabinets in a matter of one weekend. With floors, it is usually best to choose a deep color that won’t show scratches or scuffs easily. However, with cabinet finishes, you can get creative with colors and shades if you want to brighten up your kitchen or bathroom.


Hang a Mixture of Different Mirrors

To decorate the walls and create a more interesting space that looks professionally decorated, mix and match different types of mirrors or artwork for an eclectic look that is casually thrown together. Use different styles of mirrors with both antique and modern details for a creative look that doesn’t have to match. Plus, a wall of mirrors will make your space look bigger by reflecting light and opening the space up. You can find cheap mirrors at your local craft store, and place them in old frames you have in the attic, or at the local thrift store for a classy look that is easy on the wallet.

If your home needs serious revival, you can quickly and easily update it to feel like a 21st century home. Not everyone enjoys the modern look when it comes to home décor, however, your home will feel refreshed and new as you infuse a little color, life, and personality into the design. Choose a motif you like, and bring the home back to life with a few simple changes for a space that you can truly enjoy.


Dixie Somers

This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves writing for business, finance, women's interests, or home and family. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters who are the inspiration for her writing.