5 Simple Ways to Modernize and Restore Your Home
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5 Simple Ways to Modernize and Restore Your Home

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Whether your home is 10 years old, or 110 years old, modernizing your home can be a challenging feat. Depending on your extent of renovating, modernizing can be a simple or intricate task.  Your home can be modernized for cosmetic or aesthetic touches.  These touches can be ones in which only what you see and feel will be considered in updating.  Some will choose to modernize down to the structure of the home, and this type of modernizing can turn into a full home renovation.  Here’s some simple ways to bring your home up to date, without breaking the bank!


CURRENT CONDITIONS: Analyze your home and observe what areas of your home need modernizing.  Often times the current condition of furniture and appliances makes us think that the home needs more work than really necessary.  Look at the conditions of the walls of your home. If made with gypsum board and studs – light patching of holes and updating paint color may do the trick. Concentrate on the house itself, not your belongings in the house.

MODERN DETAILS: Flip through your favorite home magazine, or visit home websites that give you inspiration to find modern home detailing.  Simple details like yellow light switch plates can date your home.  Changing them to white or a matching décor color will instantly bring your room into the modern day.

LIGHTING: Home light fixtures usually are made for the current times.  Updating ceiling, sconces, and bathroom fixtures will modernize your space and possibly bring better and more efficient light to the space.  Lighting fixtures may be able to be reduced or removed with the introduction of more natural light into a space.  Consider adding skylights, and solar tubes into areas that once were dark.

MATERIALS: Flooring, wall paper, kitchen/bath counters, and sinks/bathtubs are an instant attraction of age.  Since these items are usually chosen by the current colors and patterns of the times, your home could be looking much older than you desire. Replace carpet if it is worn, discolored, or is in an outdated color.  Remove dated wallpaper and replace with modern styled wallpaper or paint the walls instead.  Often times an old brick wall can become a new accent wall with cleaning and restoring its original beauty.  For kitchen and bathroom fixtures with outdated colors consider replacing with neutral colors that will not show time as quickly.  Consider refacing counters and cabinetry to save on the expense of a major overhaul of your kitchen or bath.

MODERNIZE FOR YOU AND THEM: If you are tired of looking at the same outdated home, then modernizing can be for you and your family to enjoy a familiar home and uplift in its character.  On the other hand, home sellers may be updating their home to be able to put their home on the market, and boost up their appeal.  Whichever your personal reason for modernizing, it’s a great idea to make your home safe, look better, and to bring the inhabitants of your home pleasure when enjoying your home.

What recent home renovation projects have you done on your home? Have any simple tip suggestions for other Freshome reader’s on modernizing their homes? We’d love to hear from you!

17 comments

  • Erica Cottrill July 23, 2010 at 15:32 PM Login to Reply →

    The Italian “prefab” is amazing!

  • John July 23, 2010 at 22:56 PM Login to Reply →

    Nice post and photos! You’re right, lighting can make a big difference in a room space. One of the newest developments is lighting that can be customized to match roomo colors or other room elements.

    At Lamps Plus, we offer a Design Your Own lighting tool that lets you make shades with customized colors. http://www.lampsplus.com/design-it/

    Take a look and see what you think. Thanks!

  • RoniqueGibson July 24, 2010 at 13:15 PM Login to Reply →

    Thanks John for your comment. Yes, light can make the difference between a cave and a palace. :)

    I like the idea of the custom lamps!

  • تجريبي كوم July 24, 2010 at 16:06 PM Login to Reply →

    thank u

    this is vere gooooooooooooooooood

  • Susie M July 25, 2010 at 05:12 AM Login to Reply →

    A lot of great suggestions. I particularly like the idea of using neutral colors that are timeless to keep your home appearing updated. Very clever.

  • kim July 25, 2010 at 11:50 AM Login to Reply →

    Those Scatter Cushions match perfectly with the Art Work in the picture. I just love White with a touch of Colour. It is a shame that i have small kids, so White is not suitable for my home at this point.
    You can always have Fabric Art that is made from the same Fabric as your Designer Cushion Covers

  • RoniqueGibson July 26, 2010 at 01:33 AM Login to Reply →

    Thanks Susie! I think modernizing your home with neutral colors will keep your home always feeling fresh, and even twenty years from now…it won’t LOOK twenty years old. :)

  • Kasun Kapuwatta July 27, 2010 at 15:12 PM Login to Reply →

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  • Mathew July 28, 2010 at 07:48 AM Login to Reply →

    These are really very helpful tips and exceptional pictures. Truly a great work.

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  • La Z Boy Furniture July 29, 2010 at 15:18 PM Login to Reply →

    Thanks for the tips to for updating and moderizing the look of a home. Sometimes it is refreshing for the eyes to look at something different.

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  • Thank you for sharing these excellent tips. Modernizing can sometimes do just as much, or even more, for your home than renovating.

  • TeeOhEye July 31, 2010 at 21:40 PM Login to Reply →

    Great tips for modernizing the home. In addition to reading home magazines and blogs, sometimes I like to visit furniture showrooms for home design inspiration. HAUS furniture in Los Angeles has an amazing showroom filled with custom pieces. The prices are really affordable considering the quality of their furnishings. If you live in the area, definitely check them out!

  • aartibatra November 13, 2010 at 04:28 AM Login to Reply →

    fantastic tips for modernizing a home. outstanding interiors and excellent ideas. i really loved all

  • sarah yasmeen June 28, 2011 at 03:47 AM Login to Reply →

    fabulas,i like it

  • aNDREW March 18, 2013 at 16:00 PM Login to Reply →

    All 3 photos are great examples of a new modern look, but I especially like the bathroom. Every day would be like visiting a spa!