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Time to Ditch the 80s

It’s Thursday, which means you’ve probably seen the hash tag #TBT on Twitter or Instagram a few times today.

#TBT – or Throwback Thursday – is one of the most popular hash tags ever and gives social media users an excuse to post nostalgic photos.

While bringing back the 80s and 90s with cute photos is popular to tweeters and instagrammers, it is not a trend that is ever coming back for your house.

80sDated 80s décor can cost you when you decide to list your house, so here are some ideas, from MSN Real Estate, on what to nix in your home:

Remove the 1980s colour palette:

One of the easiest updates you can make in a home before putting it on the market is a fresh coat of paint. Stay away from hunter green, teal, salmon pink, dusty blues and mauve, to name a few.

While you’re at it, get rid of bad sponge painting, paint-splash wallpaper and wallpaper borders.

Ditch the bad mood lighting:

Replacing dated lighting fixtures is another relatively inexpensive, quick fix to transplant your home into modern times.

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Remove old brass and etched glass chandeliers and replace them with brushed-nickel fixtures of pendant lighting. Swap out track lighting for recessed lighting in several points around each room.

Do you have Hollywood dressing-room-type lights around your bathroom mirror? Those have to go too. Replace them with recessed lighting, a simple fixture or sconces.

Last, but definitely not least, get rid of the neon.

Update that tacky 1980s bathroom:

Vinyl flooring in tiny floral prints, wallpaper, damaged or dated medicine cabinets and brass hardware are just a few of the things you’ll want to nix in your bathroom.

80s bathroomOn the floor, use large ceramic tiles or laminate flooring that is easier on the eyes. On the walls, slap on a fresh coat of paint or use a natural fiber wall covering.

If your medicine cabinet is dated, and especially if it is damaged, replace it with something simple and chic. You could even hang a framed mirror and put in a separate cabinet or shelf with space for your toiletries.

One of the easiest and most affordable bathroom upgrades you can make is to your faucets. Add a new soap dish and other bathroom accessories to tie the look together.


Remodel your kitchen:

The kitchen is the most important room of the house to update, especially if it hasn’t been done in the past 20-25 years.80s kithcen

Replace laminate counter-tops with granite, Silestone quartz, Corian or 12-inch ceramic tiles.

Reface your solid-wood cabinets and drawers, or if that’s too expensive, at least swap out dated-looking hardware for simple brushed-nickel pulls.

These simple updates will help move the focus onto the house’s potential and away from what needs to be fixed.