7 Things That Make Your Home Look Dated (and What to Do Instead)
Prevent any "What was I thinking?" moments a few years from now with these fresh —not faddish—ideas from Elements of Style
author Erin Gates.
Illustration: Marie Hélène Bilodeau
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The Cabinets Used in Almost Every Early 2000s Home Makeover Show
Maple and oak wood-stained cabinets (especially those with ornate, French-ish carvings) instantly age a kitchen, but thankfully, it's nothing a few coats of paint can't fix. White is a no-fail choice—Gates swears by Decorator's White
and White Dove
by Benjamin Moore. Navy or black paint makes carved details less noticeable, though Gates recommends painting only the lower cabinets and island in darker colors, if your ceilings are 8 feet tall or shorter.