If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time in your home, especially during the colder months. Unfortunately, not everyone has an eye for design, so our houses don’t always keep up with the times. If you’ve ever watched a show about house flipping or browsed local listings, then you might have noticed your house looks a little outdated. While it’s common to believe that renovations and home improvement will be expensive, you can modernize your house on a budget. Here’s how.
Check Your Exterior
Front doors that are chipped or peeling can make your home look old. Consider repainting your door a modern color or getting a new one altogether. You should also look at your windows and opt for hardwood or steel frames. If that’s not in your budget, you can repaint your windows with a modern shade, such as a soft gray or blue.
You should also pressure wash the outside of your home to get rid of dirt and stains that can make for bad curb appeal. Pressure washing your house can give it a facelift and make it look brand new.
Modernize Your Kitchen
If you don’t have the budget to renovate your entire house, consider just redoing the kitchen. The good news is you don’t have to start knocking down walls to make your kitchen look new. Instead, repaint your cabinets and replace the hardware and handles to make the heart of the home feel clean and fresh.
Refacing your cabinets can also make your kitchen look more modern without replacing or adding new cabinetry.
Focus on the Bathroom
Other than the kitchen, homebuyers will be looking at your master bathroom when determining whether or not to buy your home. Unfortunately, too many homeowners leave the bathroom for last when making improvements. Without a full renovation, you might feel like there’s not much you can change. Luckily, there are many ways you can modernize your bathroom without breaking the bank.
The first thing you should do is deep clean your bathroom, especially the grout and tiles. Also, remove limescale and hard water stains from the tub, sink, and toilet. Next, you’ll need to replace accessories, including towels and shower curtains.
Once your bathroom is completely clean, take a look at the walls. You might find they’re stained or the wallpaper is dated. If that’s the case, consider taking down your wallpaper and painting your bathroom walls a more modern color. Modern bathrooms are typically white with white or light-colored tile. Consider painting your cabinets a light gray and adding new handles.
Get Rid of Clutter
Clutter can make your home feel outdated. Not only that, but it also gathers dust, which will make your entire home look much older than it is. Modern home design is all about minimizing clutter.
If you’re not sure what to do to declutter your home, consider starting with the living room furnishings. Big, fluffy sofas might be comfortable, but they take up a lot of space in your home and don’t provide you with the modern, minimalistic feel. If possible, consider taking out the furniture you don’t use to give your living room the appearance of space.
Paint Your Walls
If you painted your walls based on your preferences many years ago, then it’s time to repaint your entire home. While bright colors may have been trendy once upon a time, the modern look includes lighter, calming hues, such as grays, blues, and whites. You can also find modern wallpaper to add a feature wall to your living room.
Remember, dark shades make a room feel smaller, but bright whites can make a room feel unwelcoming. You can choose from many neutral and soft tones to add warmth to your home while giving you the appearance of more space.
Add a Home Office
Modern homes have home offices because more and more people are working from home. If your house doesn’t have a workspace, consider adding a minimalistic workspace you can fit anywhere in your home. By turning a spare bedroom into a home office, you show modern buyers there is a space for them to work without worrying about distractions. Don’t worry, though; you can still list your home to include the bedroom you’ve turned into an office.
If your house doesn’t have room to spare, you can still set up a work-from-home workspace to show homebuyers they can still work from home if they purchase the house. Make sure the workspace doesn’t add clutter to the room, though. If possible, put the workspace in a corner with natural light.
Upgrade the Lighting
Lighting can transform the feel of any room; it can make a room feel cold or outdated, or it can make a room feel cozy and relaxing. There are many different types of lighting available, including modern lamps or antiques that can make your house feel cozy even with a minimalistic interior design.
Swap Out Your Bedding
Most bedrooms don’t require a renovation to modernize them. Instead, it’s how you design the room. Since your bed is the main piece of furniture in your room, it will often attract the most attention.
Updating your bedding and pillows allows you to modernize the room without doing anything else, except for maybe adding a coat of paint.
Depending on your style, you can choose from light quilts to big fluffy comforters that can add texture to even the most boring bedrooms.
Modernizing Your Home
The most important thing when it comes to the design of your home should be whether or not you’re happy and comfortable in it. If you want to paint your walls red, feel free to go ahead. However, if you’re planning on selling your house soon, consider repainting and staging your house in a modern way that can attract new homeowners.
Remember, your house may not be what everyone is looking for. Take feedback from buyers so you can learn what you can change in your home to make it more attractive.
Matt Casadona has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. Matt is passionate about marketing and business strategy and enjoys San Diego life, traveling, and music.