Ranch houses come in many sizes and shapes, from the tiny ancient ranch houses of the 1940s into the atomic-age ranches with their high-rise ceilings, sliding glass doors and doors, to the sprawling ranch houses of the ’70s. If you are remodeling a ranch, below are some ideas for upgrading fittings, fixtures and details from each room.

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Create a welcoming entrance to your ranch-style house with a neat driveway, an updated garage door, trimming plantings and well-placed exterior lights.


A wide entry can look amazing with double doors. This set is stunning, and installing windows on each side brings additional light.

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Ecco Satin Stainless Steel Mailbox – $189

A classic rural mailbox in a satin finish stainless steel is unfussy yet trendy.


Eichler Numbers – $80

Big, bold house numbers are essential. These were developed to go for the (now-much-sought-after) Eichler Homes, but they’d fit in beautifully on any ranch-style home.


Big Theo Up-Down Outdoor Wall Light – GBP 154.80

Straightforward sconces that guide light up and down look period suitable yet still fresh.

Tara Bussema – Neat Organization and Design

Midcentury ranch houses frequently have fireplaces of brick or another substance and high wood-beam ceilings in the living room — both can be updated with paint.

If your ranch has popcorn ceilings that you would like to remove, make sure you have the substance tested for asbestos. If that’s found, have it removed by a licensed professional.

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Robert Abbey Rico Espinet Buster Globe Pendant, Polished Nickel – $209

Vintage white globe pendant lights have an understated elegance which makes them ideal for the entry, kitchen or living room.

Globe Pendant – $99

An update on the classic globe pendant, this clear version from West Elm has a fresh look and a reasonable price.

Pendant Lighting – $269

George Nelson Bubble Lights come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and their sleek midcentury great looks can definitely make a room.

Paul Anater

Actual Cork Floors – $10

Cork flooring is comfortable to walk on, is ecofriendly and looks at home in a ranch. Just be aware that cork is soft, so it might not be the best flooring choice if you’ve got dogs.

Large windows and sliding glass doors do wonders to start a ranch house. Simple frames such as the ones shown here will fit in well.


If your ranch has huge expanses of windows, it can be difficult to choose how to treat them. You can not go wrong with classic plantation shutters.

Also great: Simple Venetian blinds are a terrific budget-friendly option. In rooms where solitude isn’t a concern, just leave windows nude. It will save money and look amazing.

Designer Wallcoverings And Fabrics

Akiko Classic Grasscloth Wallpaper

Add textural interest into an accent wall with grass cloth background. It makes any room feel instantly more completed, yet it is subtle enough that it will not steal the spotlight.

Say goodbye to some dated kitchen and hello to fresh, modern finishes. Stainless steel counters, walnut cabinets along with a simple glass tile backsplash are present yet give a nod to midcentury design.


Marmoleum is natural linoleum, not vinyl, so it’s ecofriendly and sensible to boot. A dark, solid color in sheet form (rather than tile) will give you the smoothest, most modern appearance — ideal for a kitchen.


Ann Sacks Glass Tile

These narrow rectangular glass tiles from Ann Sacks will make a stunning backsplash in kitchen.

TaylorCraft Cabinet Door Company

Transitional-Contemporary Combination Frame Cabinet Door, Select Walnut

Actual walnut cabinets for the kitchen are definitely a splurge, but so elegant.


These cabinet doors in moderate brownish from Ikea will make a fabulous budget-conscious alternate to walnut. Give them a higher-end appearance with fine hardware.

Also great: Have your existing wood cabinets refinished with a walnut-colored stain.

Hardware Hut

Berenson Metro Pull – $6.38

It’s the little things that count: These pulls are timeless and sleek, and have the heft of high quality.

Fixture Universe

Elkay Harmony Single Bowl Kitchen Stainless Steel Sink – $851

I love the retro feel of the extra-large drainboard on this stainless steel sink.

Fixture Universe

Elkay Moda Single Handle Kitchen Faucet – $495

I would pair the sink with a sleek single-handle faucet, such as this swooping attractiveness.


Nougat Caesarstone

Caesarstone is a great low-maintenance option for kitchen counters. The nougat color shown here looks a little retro-modern.

Also great: Stainless Steel, Richlite (made with resin and recycled paper) or a solid-surface material such as Corian would all be right at home in a ranch kitchen.

Contemporary Gas Ranges And Electric Ranges

This stunning and hardworking Viking array from a fresh, minty colour would decidedly be the focal point of a remodeled kitchen. A stainless finish constantly works, also.

Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center

GE Monogram Built-in Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator

This GE fridge and freezer walks the fine line between classic and decorative beautifully.

CG&S Design-Build

Keep the tub streamlined with a rich wood vanity and easy frameless mirror.

Fixture Universe

Kohler Archer Beneath Mount Bathroom Sink – $128

This undermount sink in Kohler seems sleek and easy with a gooseneck faucet.

Original Style

Sadiola Gold Fleck Glass Mosaic Tile

Small, square mosaic tiles really are a fitting selection for a ranch tub.

Jennifer Weiss Architecture

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