Do you ever stop, take a look around your home, and realised that it’s quite outdated? Old fashioned? In desperate need of an update? If so, then you may want to consider different ways in which you can work to modern your space (on any number of budget levels). With that in mind, here are the 5 steps that you can follow in order to start modernising your outdated home:
1 – Open Plan Design
If possible, one of the immediate ways that you can work to modernise an outdated home is to make it more of an open-plan space. This will rely on the space to do so and money factors as well (particularly if walls need to be removed). But, this often quite simple step can actually create so many opportunities for your home. Especially if you want to achieve the pinnacle of modern living: the kitchen/diner. Coveted, it can be a vastly simple way to create a modern feeling to your home.
2 – Declutter
When it comes to clutter we’re all fairly guilty. Even the non-hoarders of the world can manage to mount up quite a lot of random bits and bobs in their homes, especially if they have lived there for a decade or more (which is typically when you may realise a space needs to be modernised).
Minimalism is a key factor for many modern home decoration experts, so exploring this through decluttering can instantly work to modernise.
3 – Experiment with Colour
Colour can come and go in popularity. Which means that, unfortunately, your walls sporting a colour out of fashion by a number of years can quickly mark your home as outdated. But, the good news is that a quick coat of paint could serve to modernise your home practically overnight.
To maximise the effect of this, try to choose a colour which is currently in style and used by a number of high-calibre designers. Or, better yet, try to choose a colour which is a universal classic. Primary colours such as blue and red are a good example of this, as people will always love to use these in decoration. Whereas, more niche colours such as coral (Pantone Colour of the Year 2019) is something which will tend to go out of fashion almost as quickly as it came in.
4 – Blend the Old & New
Not everything that is old should sold (or thrown away). Sometimes your older pieces are not a negative, they only need to be enhanced by a more modern surrounding in order to achieve the best balance/aesthetic appeal. As many homes prove, sometimes a touch of an older aesthetic can actually enhance the modern aspects even further.
For example, why not pair your contemporary furniture with a crushed velvet furniture piece? It pairs the older pieces with a newer twist, given homage to what you once had without sacrificing any of your style.
5 – Add More Lighting
Light can really transform the way your home looks and it will be important to actively choose the right lighting to achieve the best appearance. For example, add more personalised pendant lighting in your dining spaces. This is not a harsh light, instead it offers a muted and intimate lighting to accompany your meals.
Likewise, you could consider under-cabinet lighting for your kitchen, a chandelier for your living space or entrance hallway (for a dramatic first impression). Banish all harsh, ultra white lights from your home where possible, using naturally lighted bulbs. This way, you will feel that the lighting is much more relaxed and less likely to seem glaring or harsh – which can detract from the overall beauty of your living space.
At the end of the day, modernising your home from it’s outdated aesthetic doesn’t have to be difficult. But it can take time. So, be prepared to invest in that as well as materials, equipment and even furniture pieces in some cases. Ultimately, once your project is complete you will feel much better in your home and it will finally match the modern aesthetic you have planned for it.