If you have an older home that needs a lot of work done, updating it can feel overwhelming. Even if you’re not ready to invest in a full-blown remodel, there are some minor things you can do throughout your home to create a more modern look. Taking on these smaller projects first makes the job as a while seem a little less intimidating, and can allow you to save up and think about what you really want in a major remodel.
Upgrade Fixtures & Appliances
Many older homes have dated gold or brass hardware and fixtures. You’ll be amazed at what a difference can be made with such minor details! There are limitless options of finishes and styles that can really give your home fresh look. The best part is – this is a super easy project that you can typically do on your own over the weekend. No professionals needed!
Getting new appliances, on the other hand, is a little bit more involved and, of course, more expensive. Things like ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, washers and dryers come in so many different models with different features and price tags. This process might need to be done over a longer period of time, based on your budget and priorities. Nonetheless, replacing dated appliances with sleek new ones will not only improve the look of your home, but also the functionality.
Refresh Walls, Flooring, & Countertops
Although wallpaper is making a surprising comeback, old patterns and styles can really age home’s interior. Faded paint can also contribute to a dated look. One of the biggest changes you can make in a room is to clean the walls and apply a coat of vibrant new paint. Adding an accent wall can provide a fun pop of color and create some visual interest in an otherwise lack-luster room.
Installing new flooring is another project that’s a little bit higher on the cost scale, but replacing old carpets with a beautiful wood, laminate or tile will make a jaw-dropping impact. If you do a lot of searching, you can usually find a great option that is on sale or discounted at a local flooring provider. If you already have hardwoods, stripping and re-finishing them can breathe new life into the floors for a fresh, modern look. Updating and maintaining the floors will also be a great selling point if you are planning on moving later on.
New countertops also make a great selling point for potential home buyers. However, be warned that this home update can get very pricey. Some affordable options might be laminate, concrete, or engineered stone. Even granite is becoming a more affordable option than it once was. The best advice we can give to homeowners that are considering installing new kitchen countertops is to take a good look at your existing cabinetry as well. Often times, if you have older cabinets and choose to only replace the counters, a few years will pass and your cabinets will need to be replaced, too. The process of removing and replacing the old cabinets would include removing and replacing the newer countertops. It’s best to get these two items replaced at the same time, so you don’t end up wasting money by replacing the countertops twice. This is another reason that this project in particular usually turns into a bigger, more expensive task!
Create a Consistent Color Scheme & Flowing Layout
Another great way to modernize an outdated home is to create a consistent, flowing color scheme throughout. Fresh, neutral walls are a great palette for pops of color and accents in your interior decor. It’s a good idea to carry the same color family throughout your entire home for a sense of consistency and balance. Neutral paint colors also make it easier if you tend to change your décor often, as they look great with a variety of accent colors.
Even if you can’t afford to knock down walls in order to open up a space, there are ways to make a floor plan feel more open. You’ll want to group your furniture in a way that provides a spacious look and easy transition from room to room. Leave as much open space as possible along walkways and thresholds and avoid bulky furniture that distracts from the room as a whole.