Prepare the terrain
Before you start decorating, you need to make sure that everything is functional. First practical, then aesthetic things, because you need to prevent any future damage. When you enter an old house, masonry, windows, and roofs are the things that almost always require immediate attention. The most frequent problem is the sand in the mortar that makes masonry weaker. Old wooden windows never work properly, so you’ll have to fix them. Don’t replace them with plastic ones because they’ll look like alien tissue in the old body of the house. The roof will probably need to be retailed, also according to the look of the house.
Bring the nature in
Nothing can freshen up an old house like the presence of plants. Besides the fact that they’ll improve the quality of air, they will make nature a part of the indoors. Nature is always associated with health and well-being, so this will create a positive mood for you and all of your guests. Be creative and make some homemade pots to spice things up.
Old houses usually come with old decorations and it’s a minimum chance that you’ll like them. Take them down and replace them with new decorations that will correspondent with the style you want to create. This is a good first step that will help you visualize the kind of design you’re looking for. Of course, you mustn’t fix them right away, it’s just to give you an idea which road to take. They’ll be your ‛sprinkles on top’ in the end.
Roses are red, violets are blue
You’ll definitely need to paint the walls. In order to make an old house come alive, it’s good to use contrast. Paint one or two walls with strong, primary colors and others with light ones. But you need to be careful because the walls of old buildings tend to be in bad shape. It’s advisable not to do it yourself to avoid unnecessary damage. Many companies like ColourLife strata painting Sydney have teams of professionals that can prepare the walls properly and make them ready for the exact shade of the colors you desire.
Don’t chase the spirit out
Don’t overdo it. Repair just things that really need repairing. You wanted the old house because of that special feeling its old age created. The trick is to change it just enough to make it functional, preserving its uniqueness. When it comes to the make-up job, you can almost do everything by yourself, but don’t try to save up money for parts where professional help is needed.
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