If your house looks like it’s a relic that’s trapped in a bygone era and you want to bring it into the 21st century, you might be thinking about ways to modernize your home. When you look at all of the home improvement projects on your list, chances are you probably feel a bit overwhelmed. While a full-blown home renovation would be a great solution, budget and time constraints may not allow for such dramatic changes. Fortunately, however, there are ways to make modern updates to your home that don’t require a tremendous investment of your time or money.
Below, you’ll find some simple things that you can do to modernize your home’s interior design.
How to Modernize Your Home
Walls have a significant impact on the look and feel of your home. Even if your house has a wide open floor plan, the walls will still hugely influence your interior design. If your home is looking tired, outdated, and just drab, updating the walls will give it an instant facelift and will bring it right into this century. It really is amazing what a fresh coat of paint – or wallpaper or a wall treatment – can do.
If you’re seeking to modernize your home, check out interior design magazines for paint colors, and color schemes that are on trend. For example, muted tones such as grays and even stark white are really big right now. What’s great about these colors is that they are really versatile and work with virtually any style of interior design. Therefore, if you want to change things up again in the future, you’ll be able to do so with ease.
If you’d like to add a pop of color, consider an accent, or focal wall. To add an accent wall, paint the majority of the walls in your living room or dining room a neutral hue. Then, paint just one wall a more vibrant color; the wall behind your bed or the wall your couch sits on, for example.
Alternatively, you could install wallpaper that features a modern design, hang large pieces of artwork, or install architectural elements, such as shiplap, on a focal wall.
Update the Flooring
Similar to walls, the flooring in your home can have a huge influence on your home’s interior design. If your home is looking lackluster, you can breathe some fresh air into the space by updating the flooring. There are so many wonderful flooring options to choose from these days that will give your home a more modern look.
Hardwood floors are always a great option, as they are timeless and versatile. However, if your budget doesn’t allow for real hardwood, you could opt for laminate (today’s options are super durable and look truly authentic), or wood-look tile. Instead of wood, you could also opt for natural stone or decorative tiles laid in a modern design.
If your kitchen and bathrooms need an update, consider changing out the countertops. Countertops take up a lot of space in both kitchens and bathrooms, and because of their height, the eye tends to be drawn to them. There are a variety of materials that you can use to update your countertops that would instantly bring your home’s interior design into the 21st century. Popular modern countertops include:
- Recycled glass
- Butcher block
- Stainless steel
Of course, you could always go with more traditional countertops, such as:
- Modern laminates
Enhance the Lighting
Believe it or not, lighting has a huge impact on interior design. Therefore, if you want to give your house a more modern look, updating the lighting is a quick, easy, affordable, and impactful way to do so. Upgrading exterior lighting with new light fixtures can also increase the curb appeal of your home. To make a real statement inside your home as soon as people walk in the front door, try incorporating a variety of different types of lighting. Examples include:
Chandeliers, floor lamps, table lamps, sconces, and wall lights.
Track, recessed, and under-cabinet lighting.
Any type of lighting that spotlights a particular feature or point of interest, such as artwork, plants, or a focal wall could be considered accent lighting. Types of fixtures that can be used as accent lighting are similar to those that are used for task lightings, such as under-cabinet and track lighting. However, you could also include spotlights, above-cabinet lights, or even toe-kick lights under your lower cabinets.
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