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Take years off your home – without aging yourself

Photo caption: Two different styles of Hunter Douglas Vignette Modern Roman Shades bring updated beauty and much-needed light control to the living room featured above. The light wood floors and fresh coat of paint also help take the years off the home

(NC) – Crow's feet? Slather on wrinkle cream. Grey hairs? Get thee to a beauty salon. When it comes to beauty issues, we fight with all our might to fix them.

Shouldn't this be the same with our home? Often it gets a little down at the heels – the floors, furniture, and interior architecture – and we haven't noticed, let alone done anything about it.

Not to worry, says designer Sally Morse, the director of creative services for Hunter Douglas, a leading window fashions manufacturer. “There are dozens of ways to update your house that are neither difficult nor time-consuming.”

Here are a few of Sally's best suggestions:

The world is at your feet

Flooring is the anchor of any design scheme, and changing it instantly creates a more up-to-date appearance. Replace wall-to-wall carpeting, which looks dated, with shiny hardwood or polished concrete. Throw down a faux cowhide or two if you feel a little “warmth” is needed.

Dress the windows up…or down

The key to modernizing window treatments is to make changes that not only look good, but allow the window to perform more efficiently. Have you had mini-blinds since the 1960s? Consider exchanging them for versatile Vignette Modern Roman Shades for a more formal, yet still leisurely aspect.

Making your window treatment upgrade even more current, Hunter Douglas offers a free Platinum App that allows to you control its motorized products by shade, room, time, or activity with a mere tap on your Apple device.

If draperies grace the windows, spiff them up with an interesting trim, maybe shells or glass beads. Of course, layers of fabric alone rarely give you all the functional benefits of a covering that combines blinds or shades.


Kitchens are among the first rooms to show their age. One way to fix them up is to reface cabinet doors. There are a variety of stylish facades available that are installed over existing frames for a perfect fit and enhanced functionality, and you can customize many details too, from drawer glides to ornamental accents.

The good kind of mold

Many older homes lack molding, a polished detail that gives any room the designer touch.

“When it comes to selecting the motif, think about the overall feel of the room,” advises Sally. “For example, you wouldn't want molding à la Palace of Versailles in an airy loft, nor something plain in a palatial salon. They should complement each other.”

Look for everything from rosettes to encircle a ceiling's hanging light fixture to attractive baseboards and trim for ceilings, doors and windows.

Your own special touch

Just as you accessorize your wardrobe to suit your lifestyle, do the same with your home. Old-fashioned bedside table left over from childhood? Replace it with a clean-lined chair or stool with a flat, wide seat, marvelous for holding a small lamp, clock and water glass. Victorian-era bathroom? Paint the claw-footed tub, and slipcover a chair with terrycloth to match – very spa-like and fun.

Were you willed a set of damask-upholstered, gilded chairs from the 1800s? Make them 'yours' by recovering them with something chic and unusual like zebra print or faux leather.

“There's nothing like changing the décor to update an entire house.” says Morse. “And be brave. Unlike a real facelift, much of what you do in your home can be easily and inexpensively changed again if need be.”

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