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Mid-Century Dallas Details to Love

Deciding to purchase an older home can come with a lot of great surprises like unique flooring, antique lighting fixtures and those charming details that you just can't find in new construction homes. However, how do you know what to keep and what to update? As you're searching for the perfect home in the Dallas area, you'll find there is a beautiful mix of older and newer homes. Here are some mid-century details we love and encourage you to keep!

Wood Paneling

Wood panels lined the living rooms of the 1960s. However, a ton of dark wood can make for a depressing space. Paint it light to make it bright! This particular home was heavily lined with wood paneling in its gorgeous original condition. But with only one side of direct natural light streaming in, the room appeared smaller than it really was. The owner of this home decided to paint the entire room a light white color to make the space appear larger and cleaner. We love the details of the curves and texture the wood gives the living area.

Photo by Lance Selgo/Unique Exposure Photography

Photo by Lance Selgo/Unique Exposure Photography

Parquet Flooring

Now, the parquet flooring you see above (parquet describes wood tiles created by arranging small pieces of hardwood in repeating patterns) definitely had its day in the sun. Parquet covered the floors of almost every home from the 1960s well into the 80s. However, it has made a big comeback! As mid-century design has made a roaring return, parquet flooring can add some character and authenticity to a room. If you feel it's too overwhelming, add a large light-colored rug to offset.

Photo by Lance Selgo/Unique Exposure Photography

Terrazzo Flooring

Subtly welcoming you into this mid-century home is classic terrazzo flooring. Terrazzo is a composite material, poured in place or precast, which is used for floor and wall treatments. It consists of chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other suitable material. Unlike parquet, it gained popularity in the 1920s but was commonly used all the way up through the middle of the century. You probably see it most often in the lobbies of older buildings. Think twice before removing this flooring though, it is known to be quite expensive today and is a sought-after look.

Next time you're searching for your next dream home, look more closely at the details, and you might decide you like a home better than at first glance. For inspiration for your mid-century home, follow us on Instagram @stagingdallas to see our recent projects!

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