Did you know that nine out of 10 new houses built in the United States in 1950 were ranch-style homes? Unfortunately, the identifiable low-slung architecture faded by 1970, and a thirst for more square footage and classic adornments had hit the scene by the 1980s.

Today there is renewed interest in these iconic 20th-century homes. Not only are they readily available, but many people are realizing their one-floor set up is quite practical.

If you’re looking for ideas for your own ranch house, check out this ranch home makeover.

Dining room

Replacing a mustard wall color and dated light fixture is key to bringing the dining room into this decade. Walls in shades of gray pair with an oversized mirror to reflect light.

A California casual chandelier and natural fiber rug anchor the space on newly installed hardwood floors, while a shared French settee welcomes friends and family around a reclaimed wood table, inviting conversation and great meals, too.

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Living room

Once unapproachable and stodgy, this living space has transformed to tell the family’s story via a gallery wall of mementos. Splashy accessory and fabric color choices liven up the room.

Woven wood shades allow for filtered light and bring the outdoors in with organic texture, while a tree-like coffee table beckons all to gather around. A graphic area rug underfoot creates softness and visual interest.

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Family room

Now neutral and celebrating hues of tangerine tango, this family room invites relaxing in front of the television or pulling up additional seating for game night.

Silhouettes of each family member proved to be an interactive DIY project to create artwork all their own. Curated accessories from the family’s travels provide added comfort to the space.

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Kitchen and nook

Lighting and hardware can swiftly bring a space from frumpy to fantastic. Affordable light fixtures and packaged hardware refreshed the white cabinets and solid-surface counter tops. New bar stools and custom seat cushions at the nook add comfort and personality.

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A new light fixture and faucet brought this powder room up to par, but the graphic wallcovering took it to the next level, showing that even a small space can accommodate big design personality.

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Check out more great ranch house design ideas.

Photos by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab


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