Modernising your home doesn’t have to cost a lot. Whether you want to make a couple of cosmetic changes or want a radical overhaul, there are many ways you can completely transform your home. So let’s take a look into some of the easiest ways you can modernise your home.
Buying new furniture is expensive, especially if you are someone who wants to change it all the time. However, there is a nifty little trick that you can do to get a new look without too much cost – reupholstering. You can, for example, change your traditional armchair or sofa from an outdated print to something modern and with colour. Take a look at Mother Earth News for tips and instructions on how to reupholster your furniture.
Get rid of the clutter
For a modern and minimal look you need to declutter. The best thing about decluttering is that you end up with the things you really need and want. Look at your room living space for a start and get rid of everything in your eyeline that has no purpose. Having less clutter in general means that you can focus on a few ‘statement’ pieces of furniture, for example.
Dress your statement furniture
Many say that matching furniture sets are the now a thing of the past so, if you happen to have these in your home, don’t be afraid to mix things up a little (and don’t feel the need to buy a whole new set from scratch if only one item needs upgrading).
The key to decorating with mismatched furniture is the way you dress it all up and you can still embrace a theme across numerous rooms. For example, in the bedroom, you can embrace your wider design theme or colour scheme by the way you dress your bed up to be a ‘statement’ piece of furniture. If your bed is tired, head over to Divan Beds Centre and find yourself a new one. Items such as this – and your sofa – are the important pieces to build your whole home around.
Add some art
Art will make a lovely addition to a modern home, whether it’s in the bedroom or living room. You should be looking for artwork that will complement your current furnishings and you should make sure it is hung at eye level so it is noticeable to your guests. If you are on a budget when it comes to artwork, switch your usual picture frames to ornate modern ones for a simple-but-effective change.
A modern home relies on technology and the right pieces can be an important part of your design. Your first step is investing in a good TV – this will make optimal usage for your space in the living room and can add a sleek look to your overall space (since this is the focal point of the room for many families). Opt for a TV mounted on the wall for maximum efforts.
Having proper lighting in a home can truly bring it to life. Poorly lit spaces can be dark and cramped, while having somewhere that is brightly lit will appear open and welcoming. Place floor lamps in dark corners and add lamps to side tables for a cosy feel. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, replace those outdated ceiling or wall fixtures with a modern centrepiece.
Update your window treatments
Windows are often overlooked but they need to be dressed and not left bare. With windows, you can be as bold as you want – think geometric curtains, bright colours and plants to change the look. If you are stressing over how to style them, sometimes the easiest thing to do is match your curtain panels with the colour of your walls.
Focus on the garden
Don’t forget about keeping on top of your garden. Some people plant one or two trees and assume that they are done. Whilst we don’t all have green fingers, we can all easily do a little more to add a modern look to this part of the home. For example, add a couple of flowering shrubs and some raised beds to the walkway leading up to your front door. Layer the height of your plants in the back garden from the tallest at the back and the smallest at the front and experiment with styles and colours. This can be really rewarding when you get it right.
As you can see, there are lots of different ways to modernise your home without too much mess, huge expense or even complete remodelling. Study your rooms and ask yourself what are your most outdated features. Once you’ve done that, you’ll know where to start.