If you have an older house that could use a little love, there are many ways to bring it up to date. It’s not just about painting everything white, though. That’s one easy way to modernize! Here are some practical tips for modernizing your old house with minimal effort and maximum impact.
As you’re getting ready to update your home, it’s essential to consider all the areas that need work. A common mistake many homeowners make is spending too much time and money on renovations that are less impactful than others. If you want your home to look its best, one of the first things you should consider is replacing carpet with hardwood floors or another type of wood flooring.
Another option is stone flooring, which can look very modern without being overwhelming in size. You can also opt for tiling over existing carpeting or laying tiles over concrete slabs (which will make it easier to clean). For those who want a warmer feeling in their homes, other options, such as laminate flooring or vinyl flooring, will add texture and color while still allowing for easy maintenance.
Clean Your Floors
Cleaning your floors is the most essential step towards modernizing an old house. If possible, hire a professional to do this for you. If not, here are some tips:
- Use a vacuum with attachments to get into corners and between crevices that might be difficult to reach by hand.
- Mopping your wood floors regularly will help keep them clean and eliminate dust buildup over time. Make sure you’re using soap-free cleaners on any wood floors in your home, as soap can damage them over time.
- Vinegar is an effective cleaning solution for many stains on hardwood floors—including red wine! Mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts warm water in a spray bottle and mist the area where there’s been staining; then let it sit until dry before wiping off any residue with a damp cloth or rag.
Rearrange The Furniture
- Rearrange the furniture. The old table and chairs were more of a hallway decoration than actual furniture. As such, they didn’t work well in this room’s layout. So, we moved them to the living room instead! It’s incredible how much better you can see your room when its contents are rearranged properly.
- Get rid of furniture that doesn’t work in the space or make you happy anymore (or both). While they’re using it!
Upgrade The Lighting
You can update your lighting fixtures in a variety of ways. LED lights are energy efficient and have a long lifespan, saving you money on bills. If you have dimmer switches installed, use them to create mood lighting that goes beyond just on or off.
Track lighting is another option—it uses less space than traditional fixtures, so you can put them in areas where there is no light!
Or, if you want a more traditional look, consider using chandeliers, sconces, and pendant lights for some extra flair (and charm). Or go for something simpler with a table or floor lamp—the choice is yours!
Replace the windows and blinds for the best results.
You can always tell the quality of a home from the windows and blinds. This is why replacing them with something new is essential if your old ones are worn out or outdated. It’s also worth looking at their shape, size, and color—should you choose white or black?
Replace the doors and hardware for a fresh, modern look.
The hardware on your doors is the first thing people notice when they walk into your space, so paying attention to this detail is essential. If you are going for a classic look, use hardware that is the same shade as your walls; if you’re going for a more modern vibe, choose something contrasting with your walls. The same goes for flooring: you can use hardware to match or complement the color of your flooring.
Walls & Ceilings
To get the most out of your light, paint your walls and ceilings white or a color that is very close to white. White reflects light better than any other color, so it’s best for adding brightness to a room. If you’d like more texture in the ceiling, consider adding crown molding or decorative beams. If you want something more modern, consider using semi-gloss paint instead of high-gloss.
All in all, you must consider modernizing your old home. It may cost a little bit of money upfront, but it will be worth it in the long run. You will save money on your energy bill, and your home will be more comfortable. Not to mention, you will likely see an increase in its resale value. So if you are considering making changes to your old home, Longhorn is a great place to start. Contact us today to learn more about our services.