Change is not only good, it is essential!

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Times change, people change and lives change. Change really is a good thing.

So what can you do to keep a room or a home from looking dated? Well, I say there’s nothing you can do to keep a room from looking dated more effectively than tweaking and changing as time goes on.

Easily remedied trends that could be dragging your home into the past include more than the golden oak cabinets that were the signature style of the 80s. These anachronisms can be more subtle: things that might escape your attention because you are accustomed to seeing them each and every day.

Look out for bad faux finishes. Whether you brought out the sponge and newspapers or went the distance and turned the job over to a pro, there are just some faux finishes that are ready to be painted over. I am not talking about faux finish in general … I am referring to the swishes and swirls left over from the early days of faux. There are some faux finishes that have hit the scene and are fresh and many have nothing to do with actual paint.

Vinyl letters should go on a mail box, not your wall. It was endearing five years ago, but the vinyl letters of the 90s didn’t even make the charts as a trend … they were simply a momentary fad. Luckily, they are vinyl and should peel off easily.

Avoid the family wall of fame: Family photos that extend the distance of the staircase not only add clutter to the overall appearance of the room, they lose their opportunity to shine and be special. Sometimes you need to stand back from a picture to actually see it. There are some stunning ways to display family heritage but that is a column of its own.

Chalkboard paint is for children. Several months ago I saw a chalkboard headboard featured on a website called Apartment Therapy. All I could think of was that this was a painful about-face to growth and maturity for those who are well beyond grade school. Chalkboards for children: good. Chalkboard paint for a grown-up house: bad.

Bite (and throw away) the big brass bullet. I thought they had all been removed and taken to Goodwill, but I had a rare sighting of one several weeks ago. They are the long glass and brass entry fixtures that were the staple of the late 80s. This is not a style that stood the test of time. Be glad that you got 25 years of use out if it and say good bye.


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