4 Simple Ways To Modernize An Older Home
With spring fast approaching, now is as good a time as any to start decluttering and updating your house in time for the summer months. When you own an older home, it can be difficult to update it without spending a fortune remodelling and tearing down older aspects of your home to completely replace them with more modern fixtures and fittings.
If you’re on a strict budget or you simply don’t fancy your home being turned into a building site for a couple of weeks or months, there are some simple ways you can update and modernise an older home without breaking the bank. With a little imagination, a creative flair and some elbow grease you can easily give your older home a new lease of life.
Let’s take a closer look at some simple ways you can modernise an older home.
Embrace Modern Technology And Security
One extremely simple way to bring your older home swiftly into the 21st century would be to install a wireless intercom system. As well as being able to communicate seamlessly with others throughout your home, with most modern residential intercom systems, you can choose to install a video intercom doorbell. With this feature installed you can capture and store images of anyone who triggers the doorbell.
You will also have the option of unlocking doors or gates remotely, as well as answering your doorbell remotely from your smartphone giving the impression that you’re at home even when you’re not. This not only modernises your older home, but it also offers great peace of mind from a security standpoint by minimising the risk of young children or anyone in your household opening the door to a stranger.
A Good Clean And A Coat Of Paint Go A Long Way
One super simple way to modernise your home is by giving it a thorough deep clean, and giving the whole place a fresh coat of paint. This goes for both the interior and exterior. Giving rooms a fresh look with modern, in style colours can make them look as good as new and this also applies to the exterior of your home. Why not try your hand at the very modern trend of up-cycling by giving an old outdated piece of furniture new life with a splash of brightly coloured paint? While you’re painting everywhere be sure to get rid of any clutter lying around your home - minimalism is all the rage right now.
Add More Open Space
Open plan living is the ultimate in modern home décor but you might be wondering how you can achieve this look without literally tearing down walls? It is actually quite easy to make your home appear bigger and more open. Sometimes just getting rid of bulky pieces of furniture or simply rearranging the furniture in a room can create more space. Mirrors are another great way to create the illusion of open space. If you place mirrors opposite the windows in your home, they reflect the light from the window and make that room seem more open.
Give Your Garden An Overhaul
If your garden's overgrown or has not been well maintained, then showing it a little bit of TLC will drastically improve the curb appeal of your home. Even if you have a green thumb and love to maintain your garden you could hire a landscaper to come in and do a huge overhaul if your budget allows. Your home will look more modern in no time.
This can, however, be an expensive option so why not head down to your local gardening centre and put your green fingers to work? Ask the staff about which plants and shrubs will do well in your area and which ones are easiest to care for. Who knows, gardening might become your new hobby if it isn’t already!
You Can Easily Modernize Your Older Home
There are loads more simple ways that you can update your older home. For example, painting your kitchen cabinets with a pop of colour and updating the handles and doorknobs on your cabinets and doors. Hanging up new paintings or photos as well as adding a few trendy houseplants here and there. These are just a few ideas to get you started. The options are literally endless if you have the time and are willing to put in the effort with your interior and exterior design.