Just because your home was built with a traditional design doesn't mean that you have to be stuck with it for the rest of your life. There are many different things you can do to make your home look and feel more modern so it flows more freely and helps bring people together when spending time indoors. Here are four effective ways you can give your traditional home a more modern look and feel overall:
Open Your Rooms Up
An excellent way to give your home a more modern look and feel is to open the rooms up so they flow together seamlessly. Get rid of any doors that close your living room, dining room, or kitchen off from the rest of the house and simply frame the doorways off so they look they they were designed as basic walkways. Alternatively, you can have a contractor remove the door frames altogether and replace them with wide entrances that flow openly into other areas of your home.
If you feel the need to add privacy to certain rooms in your home other than the bathroom and bedrooms at times, you can always install curtain rods over your newly opened doorways and hang long curtains or sheer material on them. This way, they can be opened and closed easily.
Install Some New Lighting
Lighting can go a long way in helping to make your home look more modern. If you're still utilizing the same lights that were in place when you bought your traditionally designed home, it may be time to replace them with up-to-date options that will breathe new life into the space. Consider introducing floor lamps with a curved stand design and a large silver or gold round shade. Hanging lamps with unique star or teardrop shaped shades are also an interesting option. And table lamps with sleek metal hoods or contemporary cotton covers make just as nice centerpieces as they do lights.
Give the Walls a New Coat of Paint
Those off-white and beige walls in your home won't do much for your new modern look, so consider painting the walls as part of your redecorating project. Turn your kitchen into an invigorating space by painting the walls lime yellow. Make your family room more inviting by painting the walls the color of pumpkin. Maintain a sense of traditionalism while infusing a modern look and feel in your living room with the help of lilac paint. And establish neutrality in the rooms of your choice by painting with grey hues.
Invest in Modern Furniture
Replacing your older pieces with modern furniture is probably the most effective way to give your home a newer look and feel overall. Each piece you introduce into your home will add new depth and improve eye appeal. You don't have to replace all of your furniture to make a positive impact, but you should aim to replace as many major pieces as possible. Your couches and recliners, dining room table and chairs, entertainment center, and even end tables should be replaced if possible. Look for furniture that features:
Clean, Straight Angled Designs
Neutral Base Colors with Bold Accents
No piece of furniture should be so big that it must be walked around when trying to navigate through your home. For instance, make sure your couch fits snugly against the wall or doesn't take up much space if planted in the middle of the floor.
With the right furniture and a few small changes made around the home, it should be easy to turn your older traditional home into a modern marvel that your friends and family are sure to admire.