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9 Ways to Give Your Home a Modern Feel

Sharon Monticello

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Sharon Monticello is native to one of California's most picturesque areas— Petaluma, nestled in the heart of wine country, has been home to Sharon's...

Nov 15 4 minutes read

Do you have a traditional home that you’re looking to spice up and modernize? No worries! We’ve got you covered!

Contrary to popular belief, giving your home a modern vibe doesn’t always have to involve costly services like renovations or interior decoration by a professional. In fact, you can give your home a new, modern look ON YOUR OWN using these DIY hacks and tips!

Are you ready to bring your home into the 21st century? Read on and let the home makeover session begin!

Brighten It Up 

If you didn’t already know, a modern home uses color sparingly, but the color chosen should be able to highlight a space. Use a bright color to emit a fresh feel that pops against its surroundings. Of course, your background furniture and walls should be neutral, so you change styles with no more than a few accessory switches.

Update Your Plates 

And no, we don’t mean your dinner plates!

One of the easiest ways to spot an older home is through its yellow, cracked, or otherwise dated light switch and outlet covers. Switching over to new ones is a simple, inexpensive fix, and it makes a huge impact on an older house.

Get Rid of the Popcorn 

Food lovers may cause a ruckus if they think we’re talking about getting rid of actual popcorn from their food stash, but no, we mean the dreaded popcorn ceiling.

Once the envy of homeowners everywhere, your popcorn ceiling has finally outlived its glory days– a little 30 or 40 years later! Good thing it’s easier to remove than you might think! Check out YouTube videos for DIY instructions, and thank us later!


New paint is always an easy instant facelift in any room. By simply covering marks, dings, and scratches in your walls, your home will look and feel fresh, and it will allow you to cover any dark or dated colors with a light monochromatic palette that will breathe new life into your home, as well.

For the ultimate modern look, you can pair light, barely-there colors with natural wood accents.

New Doors  

If you’re looking for an affordable way to make a modern statement, consider replacing your traditional paneled doors with sleek designs or vertical panes with frosted glass. You can also upgrade your hinges and handles for maximum impact.

Remove the Clutter  

Modern homes thrive on a lack of clutter, which is achieved by better utilizing your storage space and removing unwanted items. Discard the knickknacks and other small items to avoid creating chaos and making your rooms look cramped.

To master minimalist style, look for clean, modern lines and open designs to replace large upholstered or wooden pieces.

Do It the High-Tech Way! 

A modern home deserves new, high-tech elements, from motion-detecting lights to built-in charging stations or stereo speakers. In any case, these items can be homeowner-installed, and you’ll have an affordable selection and price to choose from in terms of the gadgets you’ll be buying.

Home Automation 

While keyless entry and smart outlets are a few changes you can make for your home to make it look and feel modern, the future of home technology is all about automation! DIY home automation kits can be purchased for numerous functions like home security, appliances, temperature, and lighting control, among others.

Swap Your Dated Light Fixtures for Something More Modern  

Do you have some old, dated light fixtures that need replacing? Swap them out with sleek new models and go modern while adding value to your home.

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