5 Ways to Modernize Your Home

MiaMorales

Do you live in an older home in need of an update? Rather than invest the time and energy into a full-scale whole home remodel, you may want to take on some smaller projects to help modernize your home. Tackling smaller modernization projects around the home can help bring your home into the current century and allow you to explore your own style without the hefty price tag. If you're looking for some ideas to help modernize your home, consider these upgrades.

Update Furniture

Many homeowners collect used furniture when they first purchase their home and neglect to replace it over the years, which can give your home a dated look. Evaluate the rooms in your home that you use most, such as your living room, and replace your older furniture with something more modern. You can find modern decor ideas online to provide inspiration for your project or visit a modern furniture store to see pieces in person before your purchase. Upgrading your space with new furniture is a big step to modernizing your home and can have a positive impact on your space.

Upgrade Appliances

If you purchased your home with the appliances, chances are they don't fit today's modern style. Make the switch to more modern appliances, which offer a sleeker and more styled look. You'll be amazed at what a difference swapping out an older stove in favor of a newer model can do to change your kitchen's aesthetic. As an added bonus, new appliances are often much more energy efficient than older ones, so you'll also benefit from reduced energy bills to keep your new appliances running while also reducing your carbon footprint to help the environment.

Refresh Walls

Is your home covered in old, dingy wallpaper? If so, it could be keeping your home in a decade that's long been forgotten. Swap out your old wallpaper for a fresh coat of paint and you'll be surprised at how quickly your rooms will go from retro to ultra modern. Some hues that are popular in modern homes include bright whites, calming greys, and accent walls in bright bold colors like yellow and red. Decide on a color that you love and incorporate it into your walls. Removing wallpaper can be daunting work, so be prepared to put in some elbow grease to get the job done. It will be well worth it when once your rooms are covered in a fresh coat of paint.

Embrace Minimalism 

Many modern homes are embracing minimalism as a design scheme due to its clean, polished look.  If your home is cluttered in a variety of odds and ends that don't match, your home may feel more chaotic than inviting. Get rid of the items that are cluttering up your home and embrace a minimalist look. Minimalism doesn't mean you can't have any decor, it simply means that you should choose accent pieces more intentionally and place them around the home where they'll have maximum impact. It also means being more intentional with where you place odds and ends that often fill up our homes, so you'll also want to invest in stunning storage pieces as well.

Improve Lighting

Many older homes have dated lighting schemes throughout, such as harsh fluorescents in kitchens and bathrooms. Other older homes have no lighting at all, causing you to rely on lamps which may not provide ample lighting to suit your needs. Assess your current lighting scheme throughout your home to look for ways you can upgrade. When upgrading fixtures, choose lighting that will give you ample lighting, such as LED lights. These lights not only brighten up a room and give it a more modern feel, but they're more energy efficient than older lighting and can provide added energy savings.

Many homeowners dream of the day they can invest in a full-scale home remodel. However, if you don't want to wait for that day to come to upgrade your home's look, these projects can go a long way in making your home look and feel more modern until the day comes when you decide to invest in a whole-home remodel.

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