How to Make Your Dated Home More Modern


Go Green

Clean renewable energy is the future, so switching over to a solar panel system to generate your home’s electricity is cutting edge. Not only is a solar panel system better for the environment than burning fossil fuels, but it’s very cost-effective. If your panels generate enough energy, you can sell the excess back to the power company.

While you’re generating your own electricity, update your older appliances with newer energy-efficient models. Refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, washers, dryers and HVAC systems are among just some of the appliances that could be labeled Energy Star products by the US Environmental Protection Agency or the US Department of Energy. Any product with this label must meet strict requirements and is certified to use less energy, and thus, save you money.

Take recycling seriously by providing a built-in space under the counter to hold plastic, paper, glass or whatever your city recycles. Making an integrated area in your kitchen or utility room is a very modern concept when compared to an old laundry basket in the corner or leaky grocery bag hanging from the doorknob. Modern home builders know that taking care of the environment is important to today’s buyer

Give the Interior a Make-over

There is little that you can do to the outside of a house to make it look different. If you have a Tudor-style home, you can’t make it mid-century modern just by changing the shutters. The inside, however, is a whole different ball game. The first thing you should consider updating is the paint. A medium blue paint (between cobalt and navy) is a very current color if you want to make an impact on an accent wall (maybe one that is currently painted dark green from 15 years ago). Warm neutrals are also a more modern take on stark white. A touch of apricot, blush pink, grey or beige makes the room feel cozy and inviting.

Once you’ve painted the walls, look to the curtains. If the old definition of “swag” applies to your window treatments, it’s definitely time to modernize. Modern trends include a more casual look such as shutters or textured rattan shades. If you like the look of bold color, the curtains are another place to incorporate Caribbean blue or even color-blocking. Motorized shades are very modern and allow you to customize the amount of light you want in each room with ease.

The biggest home modernization project will probably be opening up space by knocking down interior walls. Few homes are still being built with boxy rooms, so if you have a separate kitchen, dining room, parlor, den and living room, it might be time to consider how to make the space flow better. An open concept floor plan is very modern. Talk to a licensed architect about where you might be able to widen a doorway, create a pass-through window, or even remove a wall or two. Modern homes tend to be light and bright with flexible space.

Make Your House Smarter

A great selling point to a new home on the market is fully integrated smart technology. Many of these products can be added to your home without too much trouble even if it was built in 1970 or even 1870. Start with adding a home security system with outdoor cameras that connect to your smartphone. Add a programmable thermostat that you can adjust when you’re away from home. An integrated bluetooth speaker system throughout the house is a must for those who like to entertain.

Modernizing your home is all about adding a few features here and there to bring it in line with what is standard for a new build. Even just making a couple of modifications could change the feel of your home from outdated to contemporary.