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10 Tips to Modernize Your Home


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Today, I will share with you 10 ways you can update your home to feel more fresh and modern.


When you hear the word 'modern' or 'contemporary' during discussions of interior decorating and home design, you might imagine a space that is all white, very clean, and cold. This however, doesn't have to be the case. Here are 10 ways you could update your home in order to make it a more contemporary while still having it feel inviting and liveable.

1. Add character and dimension on the exterior of your home with architectural details or variation in material.

A change in material on the exterior of a home shows a flair of personality and provides a sense of invitation. Check out the two images above. The photo on the left shows a change in siding material which creates a contrast in tone and texture. Though the photo on the right keeps the same siding type, there is a contrast with the front door, awnings, window headers, and garage doors. You also get a similar effect by changing the architectural language of the exterior. This can be seen in the left image with the interesting bump-out coming out in between the two roof peaks.

Left image: Domaine Residential, STUDIOBUELL

Right image: cjb HOMES

2. Update your curb appeal by planting native grasses or other earthy toned plants.

In some cases, home exteriors with too many flowers, trees, and other plants creates a distracting and overwhelming curbside view. The same can be true, however, when there are not enough plantings also. Grasses or neutral toned plants and flowers can help to soften the exterior of your home. Try going a step further and adding pavers to create boundaries and keep your planting areas well defined.

Left image: Andrew J. Surma

Right image: Mihaly Slocombe Architects

3. Install lights on your home's exterior and landscape to highlight its architectural elements and define pathways.

Lighting the outside of your home is just as important as lighting the inside. Architectural lighting could be a whole blog post on its own, but it is a great tip if you are looking to freshen your home's exterior. By installing wall sconces or recessed cans in areas that you want to highlight, your home will be instantly more warm and inviting at night. It could even be as simple as adding string lights over a backyard patio. Solor-powered yard lights can also be used as a non-permanent way to visually separate the paths from the plantings. Overall, adding light to the outside of your home will make it feel more put together, luxurious, and safe.

Left image: If this is your image or project, please contact us so we can give you credit!

Right image: Christopher Architecture & Interiors

4. For the inside, textures can add subtle dimensio