Your foyer might also enjoy some attention. Try upgrading your newel post to make the room feel a little more snazzy, if the room has a banister and a flight of stairs leading up to the next floor. You might also consider putting in a pier mirror opposite the door -- it will open up the room, create an old-fashioned feel, and, oh, provide you with a last-minute chance to check your hair before heading out the door.
Another option: built-in shelves and cabinets. You're probably thinking that you can't afford, or don't want to spend, that kind of money, but there's another option. Enterprising IKEA hackers have found that it's possible to make something pretty amazing with out-of-the box furniture, molding, and a little work. Knock-off built-ins can look as good as the real thing, at a fraction of the cost, and they can add that extra little note of authenticity to a room to make it feel more elegant.
Start noticing design features you love on historic and restored homes, and take note of what about them you like. Then, start thinking about how you could replicate them -- and don't be afraid to color outside the lines!
Katie Marks writes for Networx.com.View original post.