If your home is outdated or run down it can be extremely overwhelming when it comes to adding some life back into it. Modernising your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune and believe it or not you don’t need to do a full home renovation in order to reinstate your home.
I will be going through my top tips on how to modernise your home. Whether you have taken on the project of doing up an older property or you just feel that your home could do with a makeover, this blog will have something for you.
Give your walls a fresh coat of paint
Although this tip seems obvious, a fresh coat of paint goes a long way. Over time the paint on the walls starts to fade and discolour which can make your home appear outdated. The same principle applies to wallpaper so it’s a good idea to replace this as well.
As most people don’t notice their walls fading over time, I would suggest purchasing a paint tester, if you can remember where the original paint came from, to see if your walls have faded drastically. If you can’t remember, then it’s probably a sign to give your walls a fresh coat of paint.
Using white and neutral tones will open up your space to make it feel and look brighter and airier. When painting your walls, ensure know how to plaster a wall first to ensure smooth application. Alternatively, you can use wallpaper to create a feature wall within your home. Not only will this add colour and texture to your space but it will also make the room feel fresher and therefore modernise your home.
Revamp your kitchen
As the kitchen is usually classed as the main part of the house, when modernising your home this is a good place to start. Renovating your kitchen is a huge task that can cost up to £3,000 on average, which we don’t all have to spare.
A good way around this is to start with smaller jobs that you can do to transform your kitchen. Replacing the kitchen worktops and cabinets can make a big difference to your kitchen, as well as this, updating the drawer handles will ensure your cabinets look brand new.
When it comes to replacing your worktops, I’d suggest going for a sleek, simple design that will last over the years and always be on trend such as a laminate marble effect worktop. These changes will ensure your kitchen looks up to date and make it feel brand new without paying for a whole renovation.
Install new lighting
Installing new lighting fixtures is a great way to modernise your home. I would suggest staying clear of big, dark lamp shades and these will cover most of the light and make your home appear smaller and darker. Instead, opt for shades that are either clear or open so the light is able to reflect off them.
Spotlights are great for the kitchen as they spread the light evenly and open up the space. Another way to utilise lights in the kitchen would be to install floor lights to brighten up the space. Moreover, tall floor lamps are great to use throughout the house to brighten up a room.
Update your garden
One of the most overlooked areas of a home is the garden, therefore it can often look overgrown and old which instantly brings down the appearance of your home. Although we aren’t all gardening experts, there are little things you can do to give your garden a little TLC.
Firstly, make sure your garden is tidy to begin with, this includes mowing the lawn regularly and de-weeding the space you have. Then you can begin planting flowers to add some colour and life back into your garden, your local garden centre should have many options for you to choose from so you can pick flowers to suit you.
If you are lucky enough to have a larger garden area then planting trees and bushes are great to utilise the space you have without taking hours to plant small flowers everywhere. Moreover, another tip on how to transform your garden is to add patio furniture and decking to allow guests to enjoy your new garden in comfort.
Replace your doors and windows
Tatty looking windows and doors are the first things your guests will notice when approaching your home, making it look outdated and run down. Replacing these features will help to modernise your home and make it look new.
Wooden windows are very popular as they have a traditional appearance without looking outdated. It is also extremely durable, so you can count on it to last for years. Replacing your front door is a great way to update your home instantly as it is one of the first things your eye is drawn to.
If you are on a budget, you can still get the same effect by pressure washing the exterior of your house and painting over the front door and windows to give it an instant fresh look. Although bear in mind the paint won’t last forever and you will most likely have to go over it in a few years.
It’s time for you to modernise your home
Now that I have shared my tips on how to modernise your home, it’s time for you to have a go at modernising your home. Whether you try one or all of these tips, there will be one to suit your home and budget.
My biggest tip would be to not get swept up in the little things and sometimes it’s as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint to your walls to transform your home.