Home Stager Secrets - 6 Eyesores that Make your Home Look Outdated

Abigail Sawyer | 17 Jun 2016 | Home Tours

Had your home staged to sell and thought, “Why didn’t I redecorate like this 5 years ago?!”

Don’t live with regrets. Give your home the updates it deserves now and ditch outdated decor that you’ve grown accustomed to.

We’ve partnered with veteran home stagers Anna and Linda from A+U Design Studio in Houston to find easy home upgrades to make your space look up to date. Plus, if you do decide to sell, these changes will give your resale value a big boost!

About A+U Design Studio

A+U Design Studio is a Houston based, multi-functional design house offering interior design, staging, graphic design, and product design. Whether you’re building or updating your home or business environment, staging a space to sell, or needing professional branding/re-branding services – A+U Design Studio is the perfect partner!

6 Eyesores That Make Your Home Look Outdated

1. Once-Trendy Paint Colors

Wall color makes a bold statement, so updating to a more modern option is a quick and inexpensive way to give your home a drastically updated look.

Ditch: Colors that are bold, dark or bright. Wood panelling. Red-tinged neutrals.

Upgrade to: Neutrals in cool tones like grey, light blue or soft mint green.

living room paint color upgrade grey

Photo via HGTV

Anna and Linda’s go-to color when staging a home is a soft grey.

neutral laundry room grey walls

Photo via Laine and Layne

Neutral colors can make small spaces feel larger. They will also add brightness to rooms with little natural light.

Greige (a mix of grey and beige) is a favorite of many desingers and is pretty universally flattering.

Griege neutral entry paint color

Photo via Houzz

Take this look to your windows with Blackout Roller Shades in a gorgeous greige called Stone.


2. Laminate Tile Flooring

Ditch: Linoleum, worn-out carpet, or anything that has a lot of wear and tear.

Upgrade to: Dark wood, laminate or wood-look tile for communal spaces. Use stone tile for bathrooms.

outdated flooring upgrade linoleum to wood

Dark floors will give just the right amount of contrast against your newly painted light walls. A hand-scraped finish for real wood or laminate will give your floors more traction and a worn-in look.

dark wood floors hallway

Photo via Fab You Bliss

Wood-look tile is more durable then wood and is safe for kitchens and bathrooms where wood floors could be susceptible to water damage. In open floor plans you can mix wood and stone to define spaces like the kitchen and dining from living space.

grey wood look tile floors

Photo via Country Living

Slate or slate like ceramic tile will match virtually any style or color palette.

grey tile bathroom slate

Photo via Freckles

3. Brass Fixtures and Hardware

When’s the last time you really took a close look at your fixtures and hardware? You might still be living in the 80s.

Ditch: Anything brass and mismatched finishes.

Upgrade to: Plumbing fixtures, hardware and lighting in brushed nickel, stainless steel or oil rubbed bronze.

upgrade brass chandelier to wrought iron

Chandelier via Pottery Barn

Stainless steel is a timeless finish that’ll be in style for years to come.

Stainless steel kitchen faucet with pull down sprayer

Photo via Remodelaholic

Oil rubbed bronze will give a bit more contrast and an old-world feel.

Pro Tip: The key to an updated look is to bring consistency to all of your fixtures and hardware. Choose a unified finish and match large fixtures like ceiling fans for a less hodge podge look.

Anna and Linda recommend stainless and dark blades for ceiling fans.


4. Laminate Countertops

Durability and a polished look go a long way in the kitchen. Laminate that’s chipped or warped will keep your kithcen a few decated behind.

Ditch: Laminate counters

Upgrade to: Solid Stone. Whether you go with granite, or a more low-maintenance manmade stone you’ll make a serious investment in your look and resale value.


Photo via Remodelista

Granite in a dappled neutral is a classic choice that won’t go out of style any time soon.

light brown granite countertops

Photo via Huffington Post

All white kitchens are what many decorators and home owners are gravitating towards. Get the sleek look with a white and grey surface.

grey granite countertops

Photo via Home Bunch

We love the horizontal veigning in this gorgeous grey and white countertop.

grey stone countertops

Photo via Decor Pad

5. Mismatched Exterior

Does your exterior look straight out of 1979 while the inside is completely updated? Make sure your entire home is has a unified look.

Ditch: Faded and peeling paint. Colors that don’t match the interior.

Upgrade to: A neutral exterior, tailored landscaping and updated light fixtures.

Harsh brick finishes can make a space look older than it should. Give your home a clean slate by painting the brick a neutral hue.


Photo via Nest of Posies

Window boxes add serious charm and are an inexpensive upgrade.


Photo via Nest of Posies

Elegant lighting gives your front door an inviting feel. Just like inside, ditch any brass fixtures.


Photo via Nest of Posies

6. Old-School Window Treatments

The key to selling or beautifying your home is harnessing the natural light. Mini blinds can be damaged easily and will create strange shadows in your room.

Ditch: Mini Blinds

Upgrade to: Sleek fabric shades like roller shades, sheers or solar shades.

mini blinds replacement upgrade roller shades

Fabric roller shades are one of the most affordable window covering options and give windows a clean look. Try a cheerful hue like Blinds.com Economy Roller Shade in Ice Blue.

blinds.com economy roller shade in ice blue

Solar shades give heat and glare control without losing your view. We love this dark navy called Sea available for Blinds.com Solar Roller Shades.

blinds.com signature solar roller shade in sea

There’s nothing like sheer shades to give windows a beautiful glow. Get the look with Blinds.com Radiance Light Filtering Sheer Shades in Birch.

blinds.com radiance light filtering sheer shades

Need More Staging Help?

Leave your questions in the comments below, or if you live in the greater Houston area, hire A+U Design Studio to guide you through the process!

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw