80s Home Update: Before and After

Audrey J. Powers

Pondering how to update an 80s property? Get decorating and renovation concepts for your 1980s property update from this 80s household rework right before and after!

natural wood kitchen cabinets with open shelves coffee bar

I think it’s secure to say that there wasn’t much about the 80’s that was subtle… Like interior structure. The house my mothers and fathers not long ago procured undoubtedly however had an 80s vibe when we first walked by means of it. Now, I consider it’s properly modern, relaxed, tasteful, and timeless.

modern black stairs in entryway

I have been sharing the #clientmomanddad renovation space by place and undertaking by job on this design blog, but currently I considered it would be enjoyable to share some essential before and following of the total area as very well as some ideas and suggestions for you to look at if you are making an attempt to update an 80s household.

80s Home Renovation Ahead of and Afters

I uncover ahead of and afters so enjoyable. I actually have not even photographed the total home, but these are the areas I have, and I come to feel like they seize the home’s transformation wonderfully.

Entryway and Staircase

We taken out some uncomfortable 50 % partitions, brightened up the space with clean paint and new floors, and selected a easy focal pendant light-weight to draw the eye upward.

The present stopper in this room, even though, is the staircase that we painted SW Iron Ore.
Get the entire information on the staircase makeover right here.

Residing Place

The beams and ceiling top have been excellent to begin with, but the whole house was tired. The sheetrock operate higher than the fireplace desired work, the carpet had to go, the fifty percent partitions from the entryway reduce into the area, and the orange trim made it really feel dingy.

The popcorn ceilings experienced to go 1st, then with clean paint, engineered wood floors, tons of lighting, and new trim do the job, the house regained its grandeur.

living room with fireplace, vaulted ceiling, and beams

I especially like the trim we added close to the windows. Beforehand it was just sheetrock with a modest window ledge, but I appreciate this uncomplicated trim work to tie the home windows jointly.


Oh male, how I really like this house! We opened the wall to the eating area, relocated the refrigerator, and tweaked the placement of every thing with the new cabinetry.

We also taken off a cased opening and rearranged the doors and windows across the again so that the solar space variety place could functionality as a breakfast area with a big dining table.

Get all the details on the kitchen area renovation below.

Family members Place

This room was large and had excellent vaulted ceilings, but it essential a key facelift. We leveled the split floor, replace the carpet with wood, gave everything fresh new paint, changed light-weight fixtures and fans…

And most importantly, we installed two sets of french doorways. These can be opened completely to enable this substantial dwelling area to really feel like a component of the relaxation of the residing locations (the entryway by way of the proper doors, and the eating area by way of the left set). Or they can be closed to independent the area for use as an business, television place, or playroom.

wide plank oak floors with ceiling beams and black fans

Guest Bath

Just off the dwelling home, this minor guest tub was so enjoyable to remodel. We made use of classic resources like marble and ceramic subway tile, but we gave it a entertaining twist with geometric mosaic ground tiles and a stunning blue shower tile.

Get all the guest bathtub renovation particulars here.

Main Rest room

The master bath commenced with linoleum and formica countertops for miles… Now it is crisp and thoroughly clean with classic black and white basketweave, a beautiful home furniture-design and style vanity with marble countertop, and a freestanding tub.

We had been even ready to insert a stand by itself shower in some earlier underneath-applied house.

walk in shower with black and white basketweave tile floors

Get all the primary toilet renovation facts listed here.

Tips and Thoughts for Updating an 80s Residence

Looking more than the decisions we created (and the wonderful, updated experience the house has now), I thought it may be helpful to share a number of observations in situation you are making an attempt to update an 80s house.

Colour Palette

I think color is a really own thing… So acquire this with a grain of salt (due to the fact if you love coloration, then go for it in your own home!). But I assume a person point that assisted update this household was selecting a vibrant smooth white to freshen up the area and tone down the orange oak accents.

white trim and walls with medium wood bookcases

We utilised SW Snowbound on partitions and ceilings and SW Added White on trim. See my complete overview of Snowbound here, or get my listing of favored white paints (furthermore guidelines for picking!) below.

living room with blue velvet sofa

Open Circulation

The 80s seemed to delight in orange oak bookcases, offset windows, or glass block walls as space dividers…

80s home before renovation

Removing all those features for a obvious, open up stream served update the come to feel of the household. Even better, including some more traditional place divider solutions (like these french doorways) maximizes the flexibility of the areas and lends a more common truly feel.

iron ore french doors at base of stairs

Wood Floors

This may possibly not be the circumstance in each individual 80s house, but this 1 experienced at minimum 8 or 9 various styles of flooring: linoleum, tile, carpet, laminate, and so on. Deciding upon a dependable flooring throughout will help to unify the place and make it really feel more upscale.

Get the particulars on the engineered wooden floors we employed in this article.

Painted Trim

Orange oak trim and cabinetry are almost certainly the most identifiable 80s household developments. Because we ended up replacing the flooring in any case and the home windows didn’t have any trim, we just begun over with white trim for a additional modern fashion. Nonetheless, if you would instead paint the wooden trim you have, here’s a full tutorial to assistance you do so.

corner farmhouse sink with windows above | Maison de Pax

Non-orange Wood Tones

Just because you are masking up the orange wooden tones does not mean you shouldn’t have any wood. Wooden tones lend an magnificence and timelessness to a household that is difficult to accomplish with metal or painted supplies. Wood flooring and wood cabinetry introduced that grounded magnificence to the dwelling.

kitchen with natural wood cabinets

Common Components

Similar to the result of authentic wooden, traditional supplies lend an class and gravity to a dwelling that feels timeless. I imagine the use of marble tiles, polished nickel plumbing, classic basketweave types, and much more helped to build that ageless truly feel.

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