Wednesday 22 March 2017

Renovation Revival - 5 Ways to Modernise Your Home

We all want a home that we can be proud of; a little kingdom which never fails to elicit a smile when we return at the end of a long day. It is always nice if you can add a bit of extra value too, even if comfort and warmth are your top priorities.

However, it is surprisingly easy for well-worn interiors to start showing their age and looking shabby, no matter how much love you give them. When this happens, it is time to usher in some positive change. The good news is that you do not have to be a DIY hobbyist to get that sparkle back.

Keep reading for some simple and easy ways to reinvigorate and spruce up tired interiors for a fresh new look that our guest contributor Noelle has compiled for you.

Create the illusion of space
According to property experts, open plan living is very popular right now. Families are not looking for formal dining areas and separate lounges. They want fluid, seamless interiors which encourage shared time and communal activities. The best part about this is that you can fake it without any DIY. All you have to do is strip things back and try minimal décor. Use subtle, soft colours to create flow, join rooms and focus on one or two key pieces rather than having lots of furniture. Also having similar styles of furniture flowing from one room to another helps to create that sense of fluidity and fakes open plan living even if you have walls.

Update the cabinetry
Nothing dates kitchens and bathrooms faster than chipped, worn, or outdated pulls and knobs. It costs so little to replace them too, so there’s no excuse not to liven the place up with some fresh details. You will be surprised at how much of a difference it can make to the look and feel of interior spaces. Don’t be afraid to opt for something quirky. Big brass drawer pulls are magnificent when paired with unique tiling, faucets and other unusual features. Or go for an updated seamless sleek look by filling the drawer holes on the cabinet doors with wood putty, installing soft close pulls inside the doors and paint them to camouflage the holes.

Reinvigorate the bathroom
Generally, the most value can be added to the bathroom. This is where prospective buyers look for those little touches that make it all worthwhile. Think powerful, but affordable changes like a broad, rainfall shower head, a dramatically lit vanity table, and plenty of sleek, multipurpose storage solutions. Some impactful changes are swapping your shower curtain for a clear, transparent pane, fresh paint, feature tiles, complementary bath accessories and some greenery in pretty pots. Implementing any one or two of these changes will make a huge difference to the look of your bathroom!

Transform your entry
It does not take much to revive the entranceway or porch because it is usually quite a small space. Nevertheless, it can really benefit from a fresh coat of paint or removable wallpaper and some carefully selected items. Instead of making furniture an afterthought here, look for a distinctive,  striking pieces. It is quite easy to find unusual hat stands, mirrors, coat racks, and shoe holders if you browse local flea markets and second-hand stores.

Invest in outdoor blinds
One common mistake which homeowners make is to focus entirely on the inside and disregard exterior spaces. In fact, interior designers love finding ways to integrate the two, so that homes feel spacious and the garden is appreciated. All weather blinds are a stylish way to do this because they create a protected, enclosed area which can be utilised as an extra room, sunroom, conservatory or patio.

Let the hard enhance the soft
If you have big, bulky furniture then team it with soft velvets or minimalist accessories. Pair bright colours with subtle ones. Good design is all about balance, and you can achieve it without having to learn how to use a power drill or replacing all your furniture.

Modern décor is what you make it
With rising popularity of vintage furniture and up-cycling, the divide between old and new has become rather blurred. It is possible to combine different styles in one interior space - modern bohemian, coastal Scandinavian, contemporary french provincial, the list goes on. Just remember the secret is in the balance!

As compiled by Noelle, this list of 5 inspiring ways to modernise your home shows that creating a modern and fresh look does not have to be expensive. Update, streamline and adopt a few modern styles to refresh your home and renovate without picking up the power drill or breaking down structural walls.

Till next time... modernise your home with a renovation revival!

About the Author
Noelle is a freelance interior design writer working for a variety of digital marketing agencies across Australia. Currently travelling the world, she is constantly on the lookout for inspiration and new animals to pet.

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