Nothing quite beats the look and feel of a traditionally styled home. Inspiring feelings of class and serenity, while throwing you back in time, a place like this is sure to warm just about anyone’s heart.

Unfortunately, though, while places like this often look stunning, it can be a challenge to find new products which reflect the original pieces. To help you out with this problem, this post will be exploring some of the best modern materials which can be used to replace the older ones around your property. With this in mind, it should be easy to keep on top of maintenance, without ruining the classic aesthetic.


It can be heartbreaking when you find cracks in the ancient brickwork which supports your home, especially when the rock used to build it isn’t available on the market anymore. Most stone changes color over time, making it impossible to find exactly the right shade. Instead of finding ways to hide from this, though, it can be much better to embrace it, with patches of modern bricks complimenting older masonry on a lot of homes. Of course, you have to be daring to take an approach like this, but it will usually pay off.

Wooden Cladding

Some older homes don’t use bricks, instead being constructed using wooden cladding which covers the structure of the building. Over time, if this part of a house isn’t looked after very well, it will start to rot, and eventually have to be replaced. At this point, it’s usually worth replacing all of the wood on the house. You don’t have to buy more wood, though, as newer cladding options exist which won’t ruin the traditional style found in your home. Usually made from plastics, it’s amazing how much like wood this sort of product can look.

Balcony Railings

While a lot of homes won’t have railings like this, those that do can really benefit from a modern touch. Glass has long been the go-to option on modern buildings for this sort of feature, providing a safe way to make it look like there is nothing there at all. Quite a lot of designers have started taking this approach to building renovations, too, and this is where they tie into your old home. Often making balconies or large upstairs windows safer than they were before, glass railings don’t have to cost a fortune, and will only take a couple of hours to have installed.

The Windows

Next up, it’s time to think about the windows around your property, as this is another area which is usually made from rot-prone wood. Replacing them with more of the same stuff doesn’t always make sense. In the future, it will encounter the same problems as its predecessor, eventually having to be replaced. Modern sliding windows can be found in a huge range of different styles which can often enhance the look of your home. With energy-saving double glazing available, along with stunningly perfect panes of glass, this will only serve to make the outside of your home look even better.


Moving to the inside of your place, it’s time to think about yet another piece which is made from wood; the floorboards. Nowadays, there are loads of options which can be used to replace this part of your place, and they can all offer something unique in terms of style. Simple concrete has become very popular, being cheap and easy to install. Alternatively, though, you could also think about some fake flooring, with tiles and wood easily being mimicked by cheaper options on the market. Of course, it’s understandable if you feel very attached to your existing floorboards.


Wallpaper isn’t really very popular, nowadays, unless it’s being used for an accent wall. Instead, the approaches found in modern spaces are usually built from simple paint. Having neutral colors paired with a single brighter wall can look great, while enhancing the other old features of your home, like ceiling beams and stone floors. If you’d like to be a little more adventurous, exposing some brick can also have a great effect on your home. Making the place look and feel very rustic, this can help to keep the old feeling alive.

Light Fixtures

This component in a modern home usually comes in two parts; the light itself, and a ceiling rose to go with it. Replacement roses are easy to find, with loads of websites selling this sort of ornament, and you should be able to remove and replace the old one all by yourself, with the help of a video or two. For the light, choosing something to contrast the traditional feel of the rose can be a great approach to take. There are loads of options available on today’s market, giving you the chance to choose something you love.

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Finally, as the last area to consider, the curtains throughout your home are another feature which time can have a big impact on. Nowadays, a lot of people choose to go down a completely different route, using blinds which are much easier to live with. Options like this can go well with both old and new windows, along with coming in loads of styles which will match the styles in most homes. Of course, when you’re choosing something like this, you will have to spend a lot of time considering what it may look like when it is done. It can be easy to make the mistake of having your new blinds clash with other elements in the room.

Adding new components to an old house can be a challenge in the modern world. People simply don’t have the same skills as they used to, with some of the traditional building methods slowly being lost with time. Of course, though, along with this, choosing to go for a modern approach can also be a great way to add something special to your place. Just because something is new doesn’t mean that it can’t work with something more traditional; you just have to find the options which match the best.

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