It’s not always necessary to start from scratch when renovating your mid-century home.
Residential interior design has come a long way from colonial days in Newcastle NSW.
We are privileged to have such an eclectic mix of architectural styles in the region – with federation era taking centre stage; bungalows, modernist and mid-century also very popular to renovate.
Before you do renovate, be really sympathetic to the home and spend some time in each room before ripping everything out. Remember that 1950’s green and pink bathroom probably was a design icon in its day. Instead of replacing the entire bathroom – consider replacing the mirror and tap ware with suitable contemporary styles and just remove the shower curtain and replace it with a frameless shower screen.
Kitchens also can be brought up to date without taking away all the charm of that era. If the checker pattern vinyl floor is in good condition, have it polished to bring out the colour and replace the kitchen cupboards with as similar design as was taken out like a painted look with similar door profile and hardware. If at a later date you want to sell your property, most potential buyers will enjoy the clean lines of late deco cornices and mouldings –so just a fresh coat of paint in a subtle hue is all that’s needed.
Consider keeping the unique light fixtures within the home; have them cleaned and refinished if necessary. Not only will you enjoy the savings you’ve made, keeping the design elements true to the era will guarantee a true sense of satisfaction.
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