Old-Meets-New Home Makeover

girl's room
This New England home received a big style update from bold patterns and bright colors. See how the homeowners gave their space a fresh new look without compromising the home's traditional aesthetic.

Striking Style Updates

To bring this outdated Cape Cod-style home into the modern age, the owners created a list of must-have style upgrades, including updating the kitchen and bathrooms, installing a home office, hanging wallpaper, and more. The once-outdated home is now filled with bright colors, big patterns, and an eclectic mix of furniture and accessories to create a space filled with unique, old-meets-new flair.

Patterns Galore

Colors throughout the home run the gamut, from red and gold in the family room to pale moss and gray in the master bedroom. A thread of green runs throughout the house to ensure cohesion from room to room. In the living room, two English club chairs are upholstered in a spotted green pattern, while the built-in window seats are decked out with striking brown-and-white gingham seat cushions. Multicolor ikat pillows on both seating spots unify the different areas in the living room.

A Delicate Balance

Rather than performing a complete kitchen overhaul, a series of simple style updates gave the space a new look. The already-white cabinets were given an antique finish, and a white subway tile backsplash was installed along the range wall. New industrial-style lights above the island illuminate the work zone. The weathered-look cabinetry and modern lighting blend well with the home's old-meets-new aesthetic.

Mix and Match

Queen Anne-style dining chairs paired with a chunky, modern farm table create a unique style juxtaposition in the casual dining space off the kitchen and living room. Grass-cloth wallpaper adds texture to the neutral space, and patterned draperies add a dash of energy. A large hutch along one wall keeps dishes close at hand.

Dandy Dining Room

Continuing the thread of green, chartreuse makes a splash in the dining room via a bold patterned wallpaper. Accents of turquoise and light purple provide contrast and energize the formal dining space. Glitzy accents, such as the sparkling chandelier and gilded mirror frame, add hints of glamour.

No Wasted Space

On the homeowners' list of makeover must-haves was space for a home office. Built-in cabinets and comfy chairs transformed an empty stairway landing into an office/sitting area the whole family can enjoy. Soft celery green walls are consistent with the home's color palette. A wall of windows sheds plenty of natural light on the hardworking space.

Subtle Accents

In the master bedroom, barely-there gray walls get a dose of character from a variety of subtle patterns and textures. The tufted headboard serves as the room's focal point and makes a nod to the home's traditional roots. Punchy patterned throw pillows on the bed inject the neutral space with energy and color. 

Patterns and Pink

An eclectic mix of patterns ensures this tween's bedroom is never short on style or character. Creamy neutral walls and a headboard upholstered with an oversize gingham pattern ensure the dominant pink hue doesn't look too young. With so many patterns concentrated in one area, it was important to select varieties that feature similar hues and scales.

All Mixed Up

Like her sister's room, this girl's bedroom benefits from a variety of patterns. Dainty green dots adorn the wallpaper, which helps to tie the bedroom in with the rest of the home. Graphic fabrics on the throw pillows and foot-of-the-bed benches incorporate contrasting colors and eye-catching patterns. 

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