A modern home has to be well-designed and cozy as well because you obviously don’t want to go into a lackluster place after a day’s of hard work. There are plenty of ways that don’t need breaking the bank or tearing down the walls to make a home look attractive. If you think your home looks dull, but you don’t have the budget for major renovations, check out these 6 ways to modernize your home without spending big bucks.
A modern home is cozy, but it also utilizes every nook and corner of a home. There should not be any unused space. If you have a formal dining area that you don’t use because your family loves to dine in the kitchen, turn the room into a cozy den for doing your crafting work or a library for reading books. If you don’t have any available room, look out if there’s any empty corner that you can turn into a home office.
Create Open Space
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The concept of open space is really popular these, but you just can’t tear out the walls if your home doesn’t have an open floor plan. Don’t worry! You can still make your home open, airy and transform it into a cozy den that every modern home should be.
The trick of getting that look is actually pretty simple. Get rid of the bigger, bulkier furnishings, making room for more natural light to get in, and using mirrors strategically in a couple of places. In case if you want to keep one or two big furniture pieces, move them around the room to see in which positions they don't take much of the open space.
Add New Lighting
Proper lighting can breathe life into a place, and LED pot lights are one of the most popular light sources that people use to modernize their home. A grid of pot lights is able to spread light evenly over a large are and brighten those spots where wall lights can’t reach. View the ideas Model_Home_Makeover shared to make your interior renovations easy.
You can support them with a couple of pendants and floor lamps strategically placed in dark corners. Light them up and see how your dark, cramped room has instantly transformed into a lively, welcoming place.
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Upgrade Window Treatments
Windows seem to be the most overlooked place in a home. In most cases, homeowners leave the windows bare or install simple blinds because they can’t decide on the right style for the rooms.
Window treatments can inject massive style into a room. You can choose bamboo shades if you are a minimalist and love to be in contact with nature, go for gauzy white sheers to create a beach vibe, or install geometric patterns for making a style statement. However, the safest trick is to choose the color of the curtain panels two to three shades lighter than the color of the window frame and adjacent walls. Besides, semitransparent curtains are the best option for both privacy and not hindering natural light.
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Update the Hardware
It’s a genuinely inexpensive way to update your home. Nothing dates your home more than dirty, worn, or broken handle pulls and knobs. So, choose from the plethora of options such as aged copper, bronze, stainless steel, etc. that are available in the market and give all the cabinets and doors a new look.
Don’t think too much about matching styles because you can easily bring stainless steel knobs in a country kitchen and vintage aged copper into your chic and trendy bathrooms.
A few other tricks for updating your home is to clean the clutter, giving it a fresh coat of paint, cleaning the dirty areas, installing wallpaper in a few selected spots, and more. In fact, you have a whole lot of options for sprucing up your dated home in a cost-effective way and turning it into a relaxing retreat. Just remember not to overthink about matching styles. Keep everything simple, and the result will turn out to be something magical!