The amount of work and money required to maintain a historic home can vary, depending on the condition it’s in. However, if you go in prepared, this labor of love can be less laborious. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you start your renovation. Historical charm and character are a a few perks you can enjoy in your older home. Your challenge will be preserving the history while giving your home a contemporary feel.

Choose the Style

Don’t worry about everything matching because decorating a room with different furniture styles, colors, and patterns is both fashionable and fresh. Mix antique, modern, and traditional design so that your home looks created instead of chaotic that should be your goal. Modern style is defined by clean, colorful and crisp lines. Traditional style on the other hand boast a rich, vintage feel, dark wood, rich colors, textures. It is important that you choose one style to be more dominate in your rooms design. The main style should be in the furniture while the secondary would be used in the accent pieces. Let your accessories highlight the secondary theme. Select colors, shapes, and textures from both modern and traditional style to tie your room together. A Suggestion… use a traditional piece of furniture and paint it a modern white or reupholster the fabric on a traditional chair with a more modern fabrics such as geometric, floral jacquard or even ethnic. Blending the two styles will create a timeless style.

Preserve The History Throughout Your Interior Design

Your older home may have beautiful built-in bookshelves, wide plank floors, stained glass, craftsman doors, glass door nobs, carved woodwork, and more. These is what older home charm is all about and why you love and buy your home. You can highlight these great features by keeping your walls a crisp white. The architecture of your older home is probably traditional so try incorporating crisp clean lines and simple colors for a modern touch.

Challenges when Decorating

Decorating isn’t just about creating a home that looks new and current. It can also be about preserving the past and respecting the character of an older home. Also with all all of this character there may be imperfections in the walls, some of the windows may be painted shut, or you may have some uneven floors. You can live with the imperfections by painting the walls all one color. You can refinish the floors and stain them to give them a new fresh modern look. Older homes often have quirky windows in unusual places, but a full wall of drapery can be the perfect way to subtly clean up the look of the room. With a little planning, you can be sure to bring a sense of modern life to a traditional home without the contemporary and traditional styles feeling like they’re fighting each other.

Style Flooring, Cabinets, and Countertops has experience designing and installing flooring, cabinetry, and countertops in historic homes in Covington, Newport, Ft. Thomas, and other areas in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Come by our showroom and we can show you how Style Flooring, Cabinets, and Countertops can help you design the home of your dreams!

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