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22 Ways Your House Can Make You Look Older Than You Are

If you're sitting in your Barcalounger or reading this on your bulky desktop computer, your house might be dating you. See if any more of these signs sound familiar.

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You have tchotchke overload

There's a fine line between a collection and clutter. OK, the line is not so fine. A well-curated collection of meaningful items proudly and neatly displayed is a great way to personalize your space. But a mess of crowded knickknacks—especially if they look cheap or mass-produced and have no rhyme or reason—is a surefire way to age yourself. These 100 essential cleaning hacks will change your life.


You use lace doilies, and not ironically

If there's one thing that could make an unwieldy tchotchke collection look even more dated, it's lace doilies placed beneath them. There's a reason we associate these cloths with grandmas of another era. The doily became popular in the 19th century when knowing how to crochet was a status symbol for young women. Don't miss these cheap decorating ideas that will make your home seem more expensive.


You keep obviously fake flowers and plants

Faux flowers and plants have enjoyed a modern Renaissance in recent years, but those stale-looking bouquets—the ones with visible stitching, plastic stems, and an inch of dust—can make it look like your decor style peaked in the 1980s. Here are 10 seriously cool succulents that make great houseplants—and they're real!

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You watch the news on a big, clunky TV

Remember when TVs had humpbacks? That's where the set stored its cathode ray tube, but modern technology eliminated that component and made flat-panel TVs slim and sleek. But here's the thing: Flat-panel TVs aren't so new anymore. So having one of those clunkers in your sitting room could make you look a tad out of touch.


You keep a big, clunky computer in your home office

Televisions are not the only things that got a slimming makeover. Early desktop computers were pretty bulky, but by the early aughts, we'd pretty much all moved on to sleek monitors and laptop computers. Now it's rare to see one of these relics. Don't be a relic, too!


You're cool with that dark wood wall paneling

Wood paneling was a staple in many a mid-century home, but eventually, it just made a room look dark and stuffy. Changing it out can be costly, so it's not uncommon for homeowners to paint their paneling white to lighten things up. If your dark paneling is an intentional style choice, it might make you seem over-the-hill. Check out these 12 incredible, stylish shiplap walls.


You lounge in an oversized recliner

Attached to your old Barcalounger? There's no doubt this overstuffed easy chair with its side lever is comfortable, but stylistically, it could make its owner (you) look like a fossil. Luckily, there are plenty of modern recliners that let you relax in luxury without maintaining a dated eyesore in your decor.


You still have valances

Hang sheer panels. Install wooden blinds. Just please don't use droopy valances above your windows—or boxy ones that match the curtains. This time-warp window treatment keeps your style stuck in a bygone era. Time to let in the light. Here are 10 window treatments we love.

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You rock that wall-to-wall shag carpeting

The year 1974 called and said it would like its shag carpeting back, so that's a good excuse to banish this mortal sin of archaic decor from your home. Yes, it may feel good underfoot, but it's not a good look on young, modern you! Read up on these decorating ideas for a truly stress-free home.


You love Tiffany lamps

These sweet, stained-glass lamps enjoyed a heyday about a century ago. While the distinct lighting style still has its share of fans, Tiffany glass just doesn't jibe with modern, more youthful decor. And because it's so colorful, it's a very obvious old-fashioned element in your home. Don't miss the 8 tricks interior decorators would never tell you for free.

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Originally Published on The Family Handyman