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Sprucing up an 80’s house

Sprucing up an 80’s house

House decorations in the 1980s featured loud patterns and neutral hued décor. This was an era of radical decorating styles and if your house is from this era, you may desire to modernize it and can do it on a budget. The decorating tips below will help you to get rid of the outdated features to bring your house to the 21st century.

The floor

Homes in the 80’s had vinyl tiles, parquet wood flooring or wall to wall carpeting in bright colors such as dusty pink and hunter green. Replace the outdated flooring with large ceramic tiles, wood or laminate in neutral hues and modern styles. If the floor has vinyl tiles, consult a professional before removing, in case they have harmful asbestos. The professional can help to dispose the old tiles and install safe new flooring.

Furniture

The furniture in the 80’s comprised of sofas in green, teal, blue or mauve shades together with glass tables. Change them in a cost effective way by using slipcovers in neutral colors to cover the outdated patterns and solids or by buying new sofas. Accent the furniture with new lamps.

Window treatments

Replace the vertical blinds and the too elaborate window treatments popular at the time by coordinating the furniture with Roman shades such as those from Ostanding and simple draperies.

Walls and ceilings

The time saw the use of wallpaper with loud patterns and prints such as country prints and loud cabbage roses. The walls also had many mirrors. Remove the wallpapers and their borders and then apply fresh paint on the walls. Remove the wall-to-wall mirrors or cover those using draperies, temporary wallpaper or starched fabric. Replace neon fixtures and outdated paintings with current options. Scrape the popcorn ceiling and repaint.

Bathrooms

Replace the sliding shower doors, vanity lights and the ceramic tile vanities. Use pedestal sinks and simple and sleek lighting fixtures. Remove the frilly pastel window and shower curtains, and replace them with neutral or pops of colors and modern prints. Use ceramic tiles on the floor instead of the wall-to-wall carpets that were popular back then. Replace the shower doors with clear glass doors or hide the old doors with shower curtains if you are on a budget.

Lighting

The living areas had track lighting and the kitchen had brass chandeliers and fluorescent light boxes. Remove the track lighting and replace with pendant lights that are modern. Replace the kitchen light boxes with recessed lights, decorative chandelier or pendant lights. Remove all the brass in chandeliers light fixtures.

Kitchen

Remove the 80s black and almond appliances, Formica counter tops, country cabinets and frilly curtains. Replace the window treatments with roman shades. Remove the Formica counter tops and refinish with special counter top paint to get a faux stone finish. If you are not in a position to replace appliances, refinish with appliance paint in stainless steel or white shades to give them new life. Repaint the cabinets and replace the outdated hardware to make them modern.

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