The living/dining area refreshed space with a fresh coat of paint, carpeting removed and floors refinished. (Photo: Handout/TNS).

Whether an item is inherited, vintage or purchased decades ago, how do you refresh an outdated look? Whether a property is showing signs of age or home decor feels tired and outdated, refreshing furniture and furnishings is similar to shining an old penny. In essence, it’s bringing out the best qualities of a space. When looking to refresh an older home or decor, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Highlight hardwood
Wall-to-wall carpeting is instantly an outdated look. These days people simply prefer hardwood flooring to carpeting. If needed, pull up/remove wall-to-wall carpeting to reveal what is often unused, beautiful hardwood.

From dirt to fading, nothing will help refresh a space like a fresh coat of paint.

Lightly renovate
A light renovation can include everything from replacing faucets and door handles to new doors and lighting.

Refresh primary furnishings
Primary pieces such as sofas, chairs and beds can help set the tone for the rest of the decor
in a space.

Go neutral
Looking for a modern look? Colors such a black and taupe
will help give a space an edge.

Rooms often feel outdated when they are overstuffed with too much furniture. Go minimal when possible for a more modern look.

Add mirrors
Mirrors help reflect light and go a long way to help make a space feel bright.

Swap out older lighting
A modern light fixture can help refresh and elevate a space.

Infuse brass accents
Brass remains modern and refresh. From accent pieces to accessories, it remains on trend.

Cut out the crystal
Crystal decor elements automatically say “stuffy.” Instead, opt for smoky or clear glass, ceramics and metals.

By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service (TNS)Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her website at