It can be overwhelming to modernize an older house that has been neglected. You don’t have to remodel your entire home. There are minor changes you can make throughout your home that will give it a modern look. These smaller projects can make the job seem less daunting and allow you to save money and focus on what you want in a major renovation.
These are five easy ways to update your home with a modern look.
Upgrade Fixtures and Appliances
Many older homes still have brass or gold hardware. It’s amazing how small details can make a big difference in a home. You have endless options for finishes and styles to give your home a new look. This is the best part – it is easy to do yourself and can be done on a weekend. You don’t need to hire professionals!
However, replacing appliances is more complicated and more costly. There are many models to choose from, including ovens, dishwashers, and refrigerators. This may require you to do this over a longer time depending on your priorities and budget. However, updating outdated appliances with modern ones will improve your home’s appearance and functionality.
Refresh Walls, Flooring, and Countertops
Wallpaper is making a comeback. However, it’s important to remember that old styles and patterns can make a home look older. Faded paint can make a room look dated. You can make the most of a space by cleaning it and painting it with a bright new coat of paint. An accent wall can add a pop of color to a room and give it visual interest.
Although it is more expensive than other projects, replacing carpets with beautiful wood, laminate, or tile can make a huge difference. You can often find great options that are on sale at your local flooring supplier if you do lots of research. For a modern, fresh look, you can strip and refinish hardwood floors. If you plan on moving, updating and maintaining your floors can be a selling point.
Potential home buyers will also appreciate new countertops. This home upgrade can be very costly. Laminate, concrete, and engineered stones are all options that might be affordable. Granite is now more affordable than ever. If you are thinking about installing kitchen countertops, we recommend that homeowners take a look at the condition of your cabinets. If you only want to replace the countertops, it is common for older cabinets to become brittle and eventually your cabinets will need replacing. You will need to remove and replace the countertops as well as the cabinets. This will ensure that you don’t waste money on replacing countertops twice. This is why this particular project can become more costly and larger.
You can even refinish your countertops if you really want to keep to a budget. There are many products that offer a faux-granite look but at a fraction of the price. DIY concrete countertops are also becoming more popular. You should remember, however, that cutting costs often means sacrificing quality. These products are often short-term and can be useful, but they are easy to damage and require refinishing or replacement in a short time. If you aren’t sure, you can do these types of projects correctly, it is best to hire professionals to get the job done right. Although it may be more expensive up front, it will pay off in the end.
Design a consistent color scheme and flowy layout
A consistent and flowing color scheme is another great way to modernize an old home. Neutral walls make a great backdrop for accents and pops of color in interior decor. To maintain a sense of balance and consistency in your home, it’s a good idea for all rooms to use the same color family. It’s easier to use neutral paint colors if your decor changes often. They look great with many accent colors.
There are many ways to make your floor plan feel larger, even if you don’t have the budget to tear down walls. Your furniture should be arranged in a way that allows for easy movement from one room to the next. Avoid cluttering the space between walkways and thresholds.
Improve Interior Lighting
Although it might not be your first thought when thinking about updating your home’s lighting, we promise that this upgrade will have a significant impact on the way you feel. A lot of older homes have a single rectangular fluorescent light in their kitchen and a fan-light kit in the bedrooms and living rooms. These fixtures are not bad, but they do not provide uniform light distribution and can create a dark environment.
Modern homes start with their exterior. This is the first thing visitors see when they visit. You can make your home more appealing by adding color to your landscaping, painting your front door, and installing outdoor lights. This is a cool project that we did for a customer a few years back: We added custom shutters to her front yard to give it personality and character. We also offer iron doors to add luxury and appeal outside your home.
A complete remodel can be a dream come true, but sometimes it is not possible. These are great ways to update your home until you can afford a complete remodel. Kingdom Home Remodeling is the best place to start if you are looking for help with updating your home or more information about the remodeling process. Our talented interior designers enjoy working with clients who are looking to update their homes without having to do a complete remodel. You can have a one-on-one meeting with a member of our team to discuss your preferences, colors, and other ideas. We will also be able to help you narrow down your vision and even meet you at local suppliers and vendors to help you find the right products. Let one of our experts at Kingdom Home help you if you feel overwhelmed when it comes to updating your home.
Give us a call today and get in touch with us. We’ll be happy and able to help you determine the best options. Installing a layout and feel that will transform your home’s interior, giving it a modern feel.