Contemporary homes are often light, spacious and airy, but what if you're dreaming of a house that oozes character? A home that really makes a statement, while creating a much more inviting, cosy feeling than your average new build? Our top tips can help you transform your home into the perfect old-style abode, without the compromises that come with owning a real relic of a property!The shape of days gone by
Modern rooms are often characterised by sharp lines and boxy shapes, so adding coving to create a curve where the wall meets the ceiling will really give your home that heritage feel. Find out more about coving and its period home-appeal here
.Swap minimalism for 'lived-in'
Clutter gets a bad rap, but it's a great way to display your personality and make your home look cosy, inviting and - above all else - interesting! Items from your travels, an over-abundance of cushions on your sofa, shelves filled with weird and wonderful nick-nacks that beg to be picked up and examined...however you do it, turn your modern home into a place that invites guests to explore and discover! Break the rules when it comes to colour
Dark furniture, dark wood flooring and the deepest of colours on the walls: can you really do it in a medium-sized or small room? Of course you can! Going for rich wood tones and darker walls will give a cosy, traditional look to your home - a wonderful antidote to the starkness of the ultra-modern property. In kitchens or bathrooms, heritage-inspired patterned tiles can create the look simply and effectively. Be inspired here
. Choose classic pieces
All too often, people are put off buying the items of furniture they really want because they worry they will look out of place in their modern homes: don't let this hold you back! We can't think of anything better than the wonderful surprise of walking through a modern front door only to discover a world of beautiful Chesterfield sofas
, grand furniture
, old-style indulgences
and wonderful pieces from the past
. Don't you agree?