Peanut butter brown…gold or burgundy paint…Faux Finishes…
wrought iron chandeliers with 12 tiers weighing 800 pounds, window treatments with fringe, fake plants on the tops of your cabinets, metal wall décor, dark wood kitchens…oh how the Tuscany Style from the year 2000 haunts us!
If you’re like the majority of my clients, you’re watching HGTV getting depressed. Moving or building a new home seems easier than remodeling, but is not always the answer. If you’re in a great neighborhood and love the bones of your Tuscan style home, fear not! Updating is not as difficult as you may imagine. You can go at it alone or click here to schedule a free discover call with me.
The first step in updating your home, is to determine your style and have a plan. Whether your home is Transitional, Mid-Century Modern, Farmhouse or Contemporary, the style should be curated to reflect both your family’s personality and the style of the home. Also remember to keep the chosen style cohesive throughout the entire home so there is a flow rather than a disruption to that flow.
“Update a home by using an outdated color or palette”, said no one EVER! A good rule of thumb is that if it resembles peanut butter, you should repaint. The tricky thing with homes built 15 years ago, is that the trim and wood colors are not compatible to today’s trends. Many homeowners want to paint in the grays or cool colors that are trending and end up getting a result that doesn’t quite feel right. This leads to having to repaint or live with a bad result. There are some great warm neutrals that will give your home an updated look, but still match the undertones in granite and travertine used in Tuscan homes. Painted Accent walls and faux finishes are highly discouraged! Many people add an accent wall when they want a pop of color. However, many times this is not done purposefully so it ends up giving a less than desired results. Accent wall are a great idea, but need to be used to accent architectural features, or improve the space. They are the exception, not the norm!
Many of the mid 2000 homes I go into have very ornate vanities with gilded gold or tile encased mirrors. Even worse, they have a builder mirror that’s glued to the plaster! Replacing this type of mirror with an oval or round mirror is an easy way to lighten up and modernize the bathroom. When considering paint for the bath, painting the walls and vanities will easily add value to your home. Walls in blue are always a good choice and bathroom cabinets will benefit from paint if you’ve got dated, dark wood. Add updated and coordinated cabinet hardware, towel racks, toilet paper holders, lighting and Voila! No more Tuscany!
Kitchens are definitely an area of the home that echo the century in which the home was built. If you have carved grapes, ornate columns, or other decorative cabinetry, you may want to consider some updates. While it can be more expensive and time consuming to update your kitchen, cabinets can be painted to completely change the look of a home. If you’re not yet ready to commit to painting your cabinets, consider an accent color on the island. These changes can be made easier than completing an entire kitchen renovation, and it’s a lot less expensive. Even a simple change to the cabinets such adding or updating hardware can completely makeover the kitchen and get you a little closer to the modern era
Updating your lighting is another great way to give your space an updated look. Change out that heavy iron multi-tiered chandelier with an orb or visually lighter iron pendant. Lighting should create a focal point in a room without overpowering. Pay attention to scale when selecting chandeliers. A good rule of thumb is to measure the length plus width of the room in feet. This should equal the width of a chandelier in inches. It’s also a good idea to check the height of chandeliers above tables which should be no lower than 30 inches above the tabletop
A makeover would not be complete if we didn’t touch on furniture and accessories. It’s time to say bye-bye to the leather furniture! Nothing sucks up the light in a room or screams Tuscany like a leather sofa. I get it! Leather is exceptionally durable for families and easy to clean with pets. However, leather isn’t your only option. There are many performance fabrics in the market like Crypton and Sunbrella brands, for durable, stain resistant upholstered furniture. Cream, Ivory or oatmeal are great color choices in updated silhouettes with track arms. This can be as little as an $800 investment and will catapult you into this decade quickly. Keep the leather to a minimum and consider using it for an accent chair or a beautiful ottoman. Add the finishing touch with metal, wood, glass and white accessories with a pop of color in your pillows and rug.. and you’ve got a fantastic looking space!
De-Tuscanizing your home may take some time, but keep in mind simple, clean lines with lighter colors is the key to catapulting your home into this century and adding value!