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Old Trends do Come Back
A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013 4:09 PM

Funny how time repeats it’s self. Construction falls into this as well. The more I look at older homes, the more I see things being brought back. So many homes are using designs, materials, ideas from the 1950-1980’s, some even older. Here are a few of the latest trends.

Reclaimed wood is very popular. This is old wood being reused. Wood from old barns is in big demand. People are using this on the outside of homes as well as inside homes for flooring, cabinetry, trim work, and furniture. Old barn tin can fall into this category too. Want that really rustic and old look? These items will be good to incorporate with your home.

Smaller homes are the in thing too. People are building smaller homes. They also are adding guest homes. However, many people are adding additional features. Some like to add more to the outside. Things like outdoor patios, outdoor bar-b-que, fireplaces, or fire pits are all nice. Waterfall areas and gardens are being added. Outdoor living in general has so many things to offer.

Hardware throughout a home use to be the shiny gold and silver. Now the brushed nickel and antique brass is back in. Old claw foot tubs are being redone, or replica’s purchased for use in both the master bath and additional bath rooms. Antique hinges, doors, lights and more are being used throughout a home.

In the flooring area, lighter woods are being selected. Concrete is really popular. Concrete can be plain, scored, designs, roughed up, colors mixed and more. You can even put in that new real wood flooring and scruff it up to look old with paths, this looks great in a rustic style home.

Walls are being dressed up with fabric and wall paper. Even those stripes and geometric designs are being used again. Paint colors are in the darker earth tones. Yes, even those blues and greens are being used.

Talking about blues and greens, carpet in these colors are back and being used again. No so much the long shag that was once popular, but the shorter shags are what is being used.

All natural is very popular with the baby boomers as well as a few additional items. For instance, using paint and stains with no fumes and chemicals, concrete or wood flooring (even bamboo). Creating doors that a wheel chair can go thru, walk in showers with no doors, grab bars in areas, reachable/stackable cabinets. These are just a few items that baby boomers add.

Retro furniture fits right in with that wall paper and blue shag carpet. Yeah Baby, it’s the 60’s in some of the styles.

Using bead board on walls and ceilings, and tin on the ceiling is even an older trend that is coming back. Big front and back porches, like in the olden days for hanging out, are such a nice touch.

Just like keeping those old clothes, keeping old furniture, reclaiming wood and more just keeps on coming back. Some like it and some don’t. You are the one living in your space, make it you.

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