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5 Ways to Update an Older Home

Many people are happy to trade the modern comforts that come with owning a new home for the one-of-a-kind charm that can only be found in an older home. Unfortunately, that often means compromising on sought-after features, including brightness, storage, and open space. If you love your older home but are interested in giving it some much-needed upgrades, Murphy Door can help. Here are some practical ways to make the most of your older home without breaking the bank.

1. Brighten Up Dark Rooms

One feature that separates many older homes from their contemporary counterparts is the size of their windows. New homes usually boast large windows that allow plenty of natural light to pour into their living spaces. But it's more common for older properties to have modest windows that can prevent an abundance of sunlight from seeping in. 

As a result, the rooms in old houses can feel dark and dreary rather than bright and inviting. Luckily, resolving this problem is as easy as positioning a Mirror Door across from your small window. This simple step can effortlessly double the available natural light in the space, making it feel brighter and more welcoming.

2. Cover Eye Sores

Not everything about older homes is dreamy and attractive. If your older home includes an architectural feature that you're not crazy about but are unsure of how to hide in a visually appealing way, you're not alone. Many older houses have eye sores that modern homes have done away with, such as water heater closets. 

The good news is that keeping these fixtures out of sight without taking away from your home's overall style doesn't have to be complicated. With a hidden door solution, such as a Flush Mount Bookcase Door, you can cover an array of unsightly eye sores. You can simultaneously enhance the beauty of your older home.

3. Maximize Storage Space

Not only do older homes have smaller windows, but the closets in older homes can also leave a lot to be desired. With limited space to store clothing, linens, and other personal belongings, you may wonder how it's possible to keep your living spaces organized without crowding them with extra furniture and storage solutions. 

Bringing in a hidden door is a good place to start. A hidden Bookcase Door, Dresser Door, or Hamper Door comes complete with built-in shelves and drawers. These are invaluable assets to a home where storage is limited or nonexistent.

4. Make Small Rooms Feel Spacious

Decorating homes with tiny rooms can be difficult, especially in an older house. How can you balance achieving the style and functionality you have in mind with maintaining an open and spacious vibe? With a hidden door, of course.

Incorporating a Dresser Door or Hamper Door is a great idea. It can ensure your small bedroom looks fabulous and has plenty of space to store your essentials while simultaneously freeing up floor space. Likewise, replacing your traditional closet door with a Mirror Door is another easy fix. It can instantly make any room in your home feel bigger than it is. How? By reflecting both natural and artificial light around the space. 

5. Update Your Home With a Murphy Door

When it comes to adding modern touches to a dated house, projects can quickly become expensive and time-consuming. But they don't have to be. No matter how old, small, or dark your home may be, Murphy Door can help make it more comfortable for your specific needs. Our customizable hidden doors can make any room in your home more functional and attractive. So visit us online today to find the perfect hidden door solution to update your older home quickly, easily, and affordably.

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