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9 Ways to Modernize Your Outdated Home

An older house is undoubtedly charming. However, if it starts to feel like it’s from another century, it may be the time to consider some serious upgrades.

Fortunately, modernizing your outdated home doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Today’s stores are a good source of materials and products that you can utilize to update your outdated home without costing you an arm and a leg.

Whether you’re updating your old home for your own doing or you’re updating your rental property to give it a new look to rent it out quickly; there’s an abundance of information to help you do so.

Look at home décor websites, magazines, and how-to shows to find the colors and techniques that you like; then use the information to spruce up your dated home.

To further guide you with your home redesign project, here are 9 ways to modernize your outdated home without tearing down walls or breaking the bank.

1.    Add some decorating touches.

This is arguably one of the most budget-conscious ways to spruce up your home’s interior. Reupholster large furniture pieces with a modern print or textured fabric. This will help add a jolt of color to a boring, old living room.

For an easier, less expensive option, dress up a couch with a throw and a few new cushions.

You could also change the outdated cabinet pulls and wood or brass drawer in your kitchen with a screwdriver and a few minutes of time.

2.    Update light and plumbing fixtures.

Replacing dated fixtures in your bathroom and kitchen with new ones can freshen the look of these busy rooms.

Most store chains offer a variety of new, efficient showerheads, towel racks, taps, and faucets that you can install yourself especially if you are handy with tools.

Replace your outdated squared-off faucet with a sleek, high-arching single faucet. Replace mottled chrome with pewter or burnished bronze for a classy, updated look.

You could also change light fixtures yourself. However, if you are not good with electrical work, consider seeking professional help.

3.    Give your windows some classy treatments.

You will often find tired sheers or heavy, dreary dark-colored curtains on the windows of older homes. Replace old sheers or old-fashioned metal Venetian blinds with bright-colored drapery panels.

For a quick, updated look in minutes, replace metal blinds with vertical fabric or wooden blinds.

Colored sheers could also add a dash of color to the windows. Besides updating the color, you could also hang energy-saving curtains.

4.    Apply a fresh coat of paint to walls.

You can also modernize your home by painting it. Use a warm golden beige, robin’s egg blue or muted sage tones to replace faded wallpaper or dingy white paint on interior walls.

A single-wall painted chocolate brown or a daring red can add flair to a formal dining area, and a splash of lemon yellow or soft coral gives new life to tired kitchens.

For a couple of gallons, you can give outdated rooms a clean, updated look. To start, do a single room. Then, update the rest depending on your schedule and budget.

On the outside, add painted shutters or a new trim color.

5.    Landscape your yard.

Landscaping is too often overlooked. We plant one or two trees and assume we are done. Curb appeal, however, is greatly affected by your landscaping’s design.

Although not all of us have a green thumb, it can be easy to plant more trees and flowering shrubs or make a couple of raised garden beds.

6.    Create an outdoor room.

Oftentimes, we forget to look outside of our very own doors for unused space. Even if your home doesn’t have an amazing backyard patio or a large front porch, there is still space to be used. Try to be creative in that area.

Creating an outdoor room doesn’t need to be complicated. Begin by defining a “room” outdoors by starting with an outdoor rug. Then, add some dangling string lights, a small fire pit, cushions, and chairs.

7.    Decorate with modern artwork.

Uninspiring artwork can make a space look dated. Therefore, use a contemporary theme to replace the sunny valley landscape of your outdated home.

You can buy the artwork of up-and-coming artists whose contemporary philosophy or movement you share with and spruce up your living room’s attractiveness.

8.    Update the bathroom.

Update your bathroom by replacing some of its elements or by repainting it with a fresh, neutral shade. Hickory or oak vanities are a great option and painting them will revamp both the atmosphere and the looks.

You could also frame the mirror with a similar wooden finish or replace the countertop with a granite one.

9.    Take advantage of stained glass.

Stained glass windows are simply delightful house decorating ideas. If you own one, make it as visible as possible. Make it stand out by adding an opposing geometric-shaped wallpaper, or by painting the surrounding walls white.

Modernizing your outdated home can turn an ordinary living space into a stunning destination. If you are the kind of person who likes to think outside the box, then you’ll find these 9 tips to be quite informative.

Home Staging

What is home staging and why do you need it?

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People often ask what is the difference between home staging and interior design. While the two practises operate in the same sphere, and often by the same people, the purpose, methods and results of each are very different.
Interior design is all about the homeowner. People hire interior designers to help them to actualize a vision they have for their homes. Interior designers are qualified to advise about concepts, furniture, color and every other part of design development.
They research, plan and choose the most suitable styles that will bring out the best in any room. But perhaps most importantly, they are able to incorporate the personal preferences of the homeowner into every aspect.


Home staging is a process that happens when a homeowner is selling their property. And here lies the most significant difference – home staging is about the buyer.

So, how exactly does it work? Well, have you ever viewed a house and been immediately put off by a feeling you couldn’t put your finger on? When it’s impossible to visualize the potential of a property, chances are the problems lie in the decor, rather than the actual building. Personal taste, personal belongings and clutter can be distracting and off-putting. It’s can be difficult to see yourself living in another person’s home.
Home staging is about creating a neutral, unlived-in space that a buyer can imagine themselves in. It’s a blend of creative design, experience and practical advice that combine to create something attractive, and ultimately sellable.

Every seller is hoping to get the highest possible price and in order to achieve that, they need to see their home as a product. The first thing that the need to get their heads around is their home is now a product. And home stagers will help them to emotionally detach from their homes, even just a little bit! It can be hard to do, but this change of mindset can have a hugely positive impact on the final sale price.

Home stagers are usually employed for short term periods, in particular for events like viewings and open days. The most common reasons to hire these specialists is either to pare back the contents of a home or add to them so that it will appeal to a wider audience.
Home-stagers are on hand to help and advise every step of the way. Some belongings may need to be packed and held in short-term storage facilities and in their place, homes stagers supply alternative furniture and accessories. But, don’t be concerned about any undue upheavals, professional home-stagers are fast and efficient at what they do. The best ones work with reliable moving companies too so that the process is completed quickly.
The best home stagers arrange for photographs to be taken of the freshly styled property. Staged homes always look amazing in print and online advertising and will give the seller the best possible shot at closing the deal at the price they want.

The Perks of Natural Materials

Natural materials are often the most expensive ones. However, there are more reasons than not to use natural materials. Yes they cost more than synthetic, but they are usually more durable. Not only do they last longer, but they age more gracefully. Natural wood can be re-stained and refinished several times. Stone can be cut, re-used, and polished to make a new design. Not to say that synthetic materials shouldn’t be used or that they can’t be as durable, but natural materials are definitely the best choice long-term. If you want to create a peaceful space with little to no issues long-term, I highly recommend natural materials. 

How to Choose Lighting

People don’t realize how important lighting can be. Most of the time it goes unnoticed. However, it can be used to create a desired effect in a space. Think of the different types of restaurants. Lighting is a major contributor to the ambiance in your favorite places. Dim lighting often creates a more intimate setting. This type of lighting should be used in bedroom, restaurants, movie theaters, and places that don’t require fine motor skill work. Whereas bright lighting gives off energy,  and can be used to foster productivity. Bright lighting should be used in kitchens, office spaces, schools, and any where lots of work is done. Large statement lighting pieces can be used to create a feeling of grandeur or luxury. These lights are typically used in spas, hotels, and luxury resorts. Contemporary lighting pieces can be used like pieces of artwork. These are usually found in homes, stores, and galleries to attract attention or start a conversation.

Example of dim lighting at a restaurant.

Example of dim lighting at a restaurant.

Here is an example of bright lighting used in a kitchen. The combination of natural light and ample artificial lights, makes this kitchen a suitable space for any kind of dinner party.

Here is an example of bright lighting used in a kitchen. The combination of natural light and ample artificial lights, makes this kitchen a suitable space for any kind of dinner party.

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Sculpting the light (shadow art) By Fabrizio Corneli Finally the most intriguing type of light is lighting that is also art. It is unique, beautiful, and interesting.

Creativity is Key

Creativity fosters innovative designs. This chair’s fabric is embroidered with keys. The keys give the chair a little sparkle and create interest. Designs like these are controversial because they are not part of the norm. This chair isn’t quite functional, but it was designed to spark and interest. It is important for designers to embrace their creativity and take risks. It may not always pay off but it leads to new and better designs.

The Key to Creating Interest

By: Katie Cribb

Designing rooms with a monochromatic color scheme can be tricky. If done incorrectly, designers are left with dull, lifeless spaces. The all white or cool grey color schemes are trending right now. If you are thinking about redesigning a space like this be aware that it may not be as easy as it looks.

First of all, you must match your colors perfectly to achieve these effortlessly flawless designs. If the colors of your materials are more than a shade off, it will look like you tried but failed. To avoid this, try using a darker hue of the color to create an intended contrast. It’s much easy to pull off. 

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Second, when creating this type of look, texture is your best friend. Texture can help hide flaws in the space by directing attention toward the object. It also creates interest for the viewer of the space, rather than ending up with a flat, boring space. The cheapest ways to add texture to a bland room are usually rugs, pillows, blankets.

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Finally, monochromatic rooms tend to be best executed with minimalist tendencies and rectilinear shapes. That is what gives them the effortless and yet flawlessness. The straight lines and lack of clutter is really what makes these spaces visually appealing. So before deciding to design a space, make sure you plan to de-clutter your home.

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Inspiration of the Day


BY: Trish Bonney

I believe that inspiration for great design can literally be found anywhere whether it be from a favorite comfy, warm sweater or last night’s mesmerizing sunset. Interior designs, artwork, and even architecture is so much more meaningful when you find that special thing that fills you with inspiration.  My inspiration today was these beautiful hydrangea’s.  The leaves have a fluffy, quilted texture with sharp serrated edges that adds a great geometrical interest.  Then the gorgeous flowers with all their brilliant, yet soft colors that blend effortlessly together. Whites, pinks, purples, blues, and yellows contrast magnificently against the dark green of leaves.  What could you do with this inspiration?

Jennifer Reid of Barlow Reid Design in Toronto, Ontario created a beautiful space that truly could have been inspired by my little hydrangea found today.  Elegantly contemporary and simply light and airy.  This space is one where memorable conversations will happen, relaxing dreams can happen during a relaxing nap, and a novel can be enjoyed with a glass of wine and it could have all come to fruition after passing by the beautiful blossoms.  What blooms are you inspired by?