Is Your Home Aging You?
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Problem: Bulky Leather Sofa2 of 7
Brunetz, co-host of Style Network’s Clean House, helped us solve some common "aging" problems — our images reference his tips.
SOLUTION: Large, leather sofas take up too much space. “Replace all of the oversize furniture with a love seat or a club chair and ottoman,” he says.
Problem: Lace Curtain Overload3 of 7
SOLUTION: A mark of grandma’s house, lace curtains in large doses can look overly precious. For a fast update, Brunetz suggests swapping them out for bamboo or wood blinds.
Problem: Serious Shag Carpet4 of 7
SOLUTION: Shag carpet exploded in the ‘70s, but these days it’s a style bomb. “Replace the shag with natural cork flooring,” says Brunetz, author of Take the U Out of Clutter with Penguin Books. Or, if you have hardwood floors underneath, “sand and refinish them with a water-soluble stain.”
Problem: Rusty Bathroom Fixtures5 of 7
SOLUTION: Rundown fixtures are the tell-tale sign of an aging bathroom; updating them is the easiest way to reinvigorate the space. “Replace all the bathroom fixtures so they match, in either brushed nickel, chrome or burnt copper,” suggests Brunetz.
Problem: Dreary Cement Patio6 of 7
Problem: Chunky Dining Set7 of 7
SOLUTION: Don’t ditch all of the dining room pieces! Instead, swap out the chairs and “replace side seating with benches," he says.