How to Decorate a Home From 1925

When you buy a home, it is like a blank canvas on which you can unleash your own style and designs, whether that home is a new build or a home from 1925. Older homes may have built-in fixtures or wood features that make it more difficult when it comes to creating your own home design. By keeping these features in mind as you decorate a home from 1925, you can incorporate the built-in features seamlessly into your home decor.

Find out what type of flooring is hidden beneath the floor coverings. In homes from 1925, often you will find hardwood concealed beneath the carpeting, linoleum and other flooring options popular in the 1950s and 1960s. If your home has hardwood, these floors can sometimes be refinished with a drum sander to look almost new again. If you want to stick with an older look to your home, other appropriate floor coverings include tile or painted floors.

Revive old fixtures. Wood fixtures in your home, like wall embellishments, banisters and window panes, can be refinished much in the same way as wood floors, by sanding out damaged portions and staining the wood to get a vibrant, healthy look. If you have old bathtubs, sinks and fireplace mantels that you would like to keep, you may be able to revive those as well with a little cleaning and touch-up paint. Anything that you can fix in a 1925 home, you should fix, because replacing the item may be expensive or impossible.

Stick with the period theme if you want your 1925 house to look like a 1925 home. Find furniture and decor at antique shows and through local antique shops. Often, antique show dealers and antique shop owners label items with the year in which they were made, but it's always a good idea to do some online research or look through antique reference books to verify the year of manufacture prior to purchase.

Decorate a 1925 home with modern furnishings. Just because your home was built in 1925 does not mean that your home has to look like it was built in 1925. When choosing your modern furnishings and decor for a 1925 home with prominent fixtures though, you may have to limit your colour options. Black furniture, for instance, can appear less attractive in rooms that have prominent wood wall adornments, while colours you may not normally select, like brown and tan, may look striking against the wood.

Things You'll Need

  • Drum sander
  • Tile or paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Antique furniture
  • Modern furniture
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