Ways To Modernise Your Home
Whether you have a property that is just a few years old or is 100 years old, modernising is a challenging task. Some changes when modernising can be considered as cosmetic, whilst other tasks would fall into a full renovation project. In this article we are going to look at some simple, quick and easy ways to bring your home up to date.
Modernising your home is not a job you can do overnight. You need to take in an overall assessment of the whole house, this will allow you to budget and plan your modernisation tasks.
Firstly take a good look at the condition of your home; at this point just concentrate on the structure and not your possessions. So check the condition of the walls, roof, ceilings, floors and fittings such as the bathrooms and kitchen.
Walls and Ceilings
Artex and wood chip is very dated and not a desirable finish for walls and ceilings, it may have been popular in the 60’s but todays modern homes are looking for smooth and clean surfaces. Re-plastering these areas and painting them in neutral colours will make a huge difference to the overall appearance of any room, bringing it up to date.
When adding colour to the walls be careful that you don’t choose colours that are in this year but out next. At the end of the day you don’t want to be revisiting the task of redecorating every year to keep up to date with the current colour choice. Timeless colours tend to fall into the neutral and pale categories.
Kitchen and Bathrooms
Old bathrooms and kitchen units will most definitely date a house; these two rooms are a great place to start. Replace old units with clean white units/suites and complement with contemporary chrome fittings. For a modern feel keep things simple clean and uncluttered.
Carpets that are worn dated and in poor condition instantly date a home. Look for modern new carpets or alternatively replace with new flooring types such as tiles, wood, laminate or flag stones.
Rugs can help soften hard flooring and add a splash of colour and texture.
Modern white, chrome or copper wall lights and pendant lights instantly improve the lightening in a room as well as provide a modern look. Other light sources can be added to a room for example; a sky light or large bi folding doors which will flood the room with natural day light.
Windows and Doors
Windows, doors and conservatories are other areas to consider when modernising. Not a quick or cheap area to tackle, but by updating these features you will see a return in your investment, a reduction in your energy bills and your home will have an instant face lift.
Once the structure of the house has been tackled you can then move onto replacing items such as furniture, soft furnishings, accessories etc. that may be dating your home.
Small details like door furniture, curtain poles, light switches and plug sockets should not be over looked replace these with new white, brass or chrome versions. It’s the small details that really help pull a modernising project together.