It’s great to have a modernised hone full of the latest technology, but sometimes it’s missing that unique touch of character. That historical charm.
Sometimes it’s nice for your house to stand out above the crowd with small touches of history weaved throughout. From the larger changes to the smaller tweaks and final touches, there are several ways to transform your home into something extra special.
Install A Cottage Door
There’s something about cottage doors that feels homely and historical. If you have traditional hinged doors throughout your property, consider replacing one or more of them with old-school cottage doors. This will look particularly effective for your front door. You can opt for a classic white or a bright red to make a bold statement to your visitors and passers-by.
A great way to add a vintage touch to your home is by using paints to give them an antique look. If you’re trying to emulate a specific time period in history, choose a colour that represents the decade you love. Alternatively, use a stain that lightly coats your wooden furniture, leaving some of the original colour popping through. This creates an amazing shabby chic effect.
Expose Wooden Beams
Wooden beams immediately give any room lots of character. If your home has large wooden beams in the roof, consider exposing them to create that rustic feel.
Buy Some Antiques
Nothing says historical like antique furniture. Head to a local auction or flea market to see what you can find. Maybe you’ll see a large grandfather clock or an outdated sideboard that would look perfect in your living room.
Vintage Light Fixtures
Swap your traditional lighting with antique fixtures to add a historical touch to your home. You can also add outdoor lanterns to your porch or garden to extend the vintage vibes to your exterior.
Believe it or not, wallpaper used to be the go-to. It still is to a point. However, many people now choose plain painted walls for ease and simplicity.
If you want to add a timeless touch to your home, consider covering your plain walls with patterned wallpaper. Whether you love the stripes of the 70s or the florals of the 60s, there are so many options.
Replace Your Handles
Changing your handles from modern metal to vintage style alternatives can turn your kitchen into a historical time warp. Glass doorknobs were all the rage in the early 1900s, or you could go for a tainted copper or brass handle to create that ‘worn’ look.
Replace Your Kitchen Appliances
Years ago, the kitchen oven and hob area in people’s homes looked completely different from those that are found in modern houses. If you want to go all out creating a historical aesthetic for your kitchen, you can get a full renovation. Replace the oven, hobs, cupboards, and handles with some old-school alternatives. You may also wish to include retro appliances like an olive-green rounded kettle and a duck egg blue toaster.