How to Modernize Your Outdated Home

Can your home grow old and do buildings become obsolete in the real sense of the word?

There are two ways a building can become old. It can get old in the sense that it was built at a prior time. That is, the home is not as recent as the other homes it is being compared to. There is nothing wrong with a home being old in this way. This is just the effect of the passage of time and every building will suffer this fate.

The second way a home can become old is when it is no longer fashionable or functional. As SagePropertiesLA.com says, this kind of old affects the building’s attractiveness and usefulness. If a house is old in this sense, its value is diminished because it no longer provides the level of comfort required by it. This kind of old is bad for your home.

But both kinds of old can happen to a building.

The first kind of old is unavoidable and sometimes, even, desirable. For instance, houses often become more valuable as they age as a result of their architecture and fine workmanship. If your home has attributes that give it a vintage feel, those features are an asset because they make the home more valuable.

But if the major systems of your home, its lighting, interior design, and appliances, come from a different age, it is the wrong kind of old. That kind of old will affect the functions of your home and the utility of its various features. When a building becomes old in this fashion, its aesthetics also become drab and unattractive.

If your home is suffering from this kind of oldness, it is time to resuscitate the attraction of the building by updating those features that are hurting its value. Doing this is not as hard as it sounds. You do not need major overhauls to pull your home from the past into the present. All it takes are strategic renovations like the ones listed below.

7 steps to modernize your outdated home

1. Create a clean slate

Create a clean slate

As a first step, you need to clean your home. A deep clean will strip items and surfaces of layers of dirt that have accumulated over the years. This will let you see the true state of the underlying materials and give you a clear idea of where to start. This step is a prerequisite for the next steps in this guide; complete this first step then the other steps will be easier.

2. Open up the space

You don’t have to tear down walls to create more room. Begin by decluttering your home. To do this properly, you must be brutal and unrelenting. Do not retain any items in your home unless they have a clear use. Get rid of stuff you have not used in the last six months to one year. If you have large gaudy furniture pieces, replace or dispose of them.

3. Repaint your home

Repaint your home

The colors on the walls and surfaces of your home reveal the age of your interior design. The way interior design is done changes nearly every 5-10 years, so it is fairly easy for your home to be stuck in the past. A simple way to remedy this is to update the color scheme for your home to something modern. Along with repainting the walls, you will also need to repaint selected items, such as cabinets.

4. Upgrade your lighting

Lighting and paint go hand-in-hand; if you change one, you may have to upgrade the other. Poor lighting makes your home feel cramped and uninviting. To improve lighting, start by admitting more natural light into the home.

Next, focus on creating a layered lighting scheme consisting of ambient, accent, and task lighting. Finally, select lighting fixtures that double as décor items such as recessed lights, floor lamps, chandeliers, and pendant lights.

5. Pay attention to the interior design details

The little things you do in the home come together to create the overall ambiance of the home. Pay special attention to your interior design choices. One of the main differences between how interior design used to be done and how it is done today is that where older designs were loud and used oversized pieces, the current design is minimalist and understated.

6. Update hardware, switches, and outlets

Update hardware switches and outlets

Things like door and cabinet handles say a lot. If they are old-fashioned or worn-out, they will feel out of place against the backdrop of the other changes you are making. Replace door and cabinet handles with new modern ones, along with the plumbing hardware – faucets – in your kitchen and bathroom. Do the same for the light switches and power outlets in your home; swap out old, faded, or damaged items.

7. Update window treatments

Window treatment can work with or interfere with the lighting in rooms. They can make rooms feel small and crowded, especially if they hide large portions of wall space and windows. To make rooms appear roomier, you should replace old types of window treatment with modern ones. You may even get rid of window treatment entirely and in their place use window film.

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