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If you think your house must have looked spectacular when it was first built, chances are you might want to recapture some of that charm. Whether it is a regal townhouse or a country estate complete with a sweeping staircase or a rustic farmhouse, there is always something you can do to help restore your home to its former glory. Here are some top tips on how to restore your home’s classical style.
Window shutters have come back into fashion in a major way. Many people leap for joy if they discover some original shutters hidden behind layers of paint or wallpaper. However, old shutters usually do need to be replaced over time. Find a company that can create stylish and functional shutters that are both practical and beautiful. Shutters are a fantastic choice if you have large bay windows or spots in the house that could do with being shaded.
Strong colors on a wall can be appealing when used sparingly. If every room is filled with bright and bold colors, then it can overpower you and your whole house may feel disjointed. Neutral colors in living spaces and hallways are very calming and can help your home feel peaceful. Bolder colors can go in and out of fashion, as can artwork. Neutral colors allow you to make small changes and modifications without the need to redecorate every time you do.
Sticking with the subject of art, consider what you have on display around your house. Contemporary art can be stunning but it does take away from the look of your house if you are trying to capture a bygone era. Visit second-hand shops and antique dealers to purchase period pieces that are more in keeping with the age of your house. Timeless pieces can still be eye-catching and are often a great talking point for guests.
Our modern lives are filled with convenient technology but the atmosphere of your home can be disrupted if you have too many of these gadgets on display. Use cabinets to hideaway screens when not in use and try to pack away any items that you use sparingly into storage. Obviously, this does not mean you need to go without a fridge or television but try to find products that have been designed to complement the older style of your house.
Restore Your Fireplace
Finally, if you are lucky enough to have a fireplace then take time to restore it and make use of it. The smell of burning logs or coal can help you capture that old-world atmosphere. Remember, if your fire has not been used for a few years you will need to get your chimney cleaned to ensure good ventilation. A fender might also be useful to ward children away from touching it.
When you are finished, find a beautiful armchair to put beside the fireplace, choose your favorite book and prepare to be transported back in time in the classical style home you’ve created.