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How to modernize your home without breaking the bank

Do you love your house, but you're tired of looking at the same old decorations?

Maybe you have an older house that shows it's age.

Or, maybe you like to keep things in your life fresh, your house included.

No matter what the reason, sometimes your house needs an updated, new look.

If your house is due for a refresh, I have good news for you!

You can modernize your home without breaking the bank.

In fact, you can even give your house the same style as those multi-million dollar houses you see in the home and garden magazines.

And, even better, the redesign doesn't have to break the bank.

You can upgrade your house without downgrading your bank account.

Below we'll look at seven ways you can modernize your home on a budget.

Table Of Contents

  • Create A Good First Impression

  • Cable Railings

  • Refurbish Your Furniture

  • Hide The Clutter

  • Update the Lighting

  • Pick A Color And Shape Scheme

  • Add Color

  • Join Us In The 21st Century


1. Create A Good First Impression

Beat up doors and windows can add years to the look of your home.

If you can make it work in your budget, add hardwood frames or trendy steel frames.

If you need to keep the costs lower, simply repaint the frames in a contemporary color to add instant visual appeal.

Soft grays and various shades of blues will work wonders.

Before you do this, check the exterior of your house.

If it's dirty, you can buy an inexpensive power washer to blast the dirt away.

You can also use your new power-washer to clean your patios and driveway.

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2. Cable Railings

If you can't remember what year you installed that old wooden railing, it's probably time to upgrade.

An old, outdated wooden railing on your deck and stairs will age your house as much as your old doors and windows.

You could obviously take down the entire rail and start from scratch, but that will set you back a few thousand dollars.

Or, you could install cable railing in place of the old wooden panels.

For a staircase in your home, the metallic accent of the railings will look chic and sophisticated.

When used outside for a deck or balcony, you won't obstruct your view like you would with a traditional wooden railing.

Before you get started, be sure you research the requirements for railings in your city as they will vary from city to city.

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3. Refurbish Your Furniture

Just about every piece of furniture you own can be salvaged with some lacquer and woodworking tools.

All you need to do is watch a few YouTube videos, and you'll be ready to sand down and repaint your chairs, tables, or cupboards.

There are also countless websites offering creative ideas for your furniture that you might not have considered. And most of these ideas are very easy to implement.

Add the family into the mix to make it a fun family project and get it finished much faster. 

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Refurbished furniture

4. Hide The Clutter

The last thing you think of when you think modern, is clutter.

Installing creative storage spaces is an easy way to make your home feel clean and decluttered.

It's also a great way to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers if you're preparing to sell your home.

Built in wardrobes and closets are obvious ways to add storage, but you can get more creative and install floating shelves and use the space under your staircase. 

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Built in closet

5. Update The Lighting

Clever lighting has the power to transform and modernize your home completely.

It can turn dingy spaces into warm and cozy hangouts while bringing out the best in your color scheme and making the room feel larger.

New lighting can also add aesthetic appeal, whether it's a statement lamp in your kitchen or table lamps that brighten up dark corners.

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6. Pick a color and shape scheme

A great way to "beat the system" and make your house look modern is to focus on colors and shapes and not on individual items.

Try to arrange your furniture in a way that allows a specific shape or color combination to dominate the room.

Most modern homes decide on one type of furniture, like short and geometrically shaped, and then find a color scheme to compliment it.

The entire room will have a more well rounded, complete design if done this way, rather than buying a few new pieces that clash with everything else in the room.

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7. Add Color

Even though most modern homes are dominated by white, adding a nice pop of color can work wonders in an outdated space.

If you still have the gloomy beige walls, its probably time for a fresh coat of paint.

Unlike some of the other things we've mentioned, just about anyone can handle the painting duties.

If you're afraid of a large project, you can paint an accent wall or do simple touch-ups on your current color.

However, fresh new paint will go a long way to make your home feel new and modern.

Figure out which colors are currently trending and grab inspiration from your favorite designers.

Then just grab a paintbrush and go for it. 

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Join Us In The 21st Century

If you use the advice above, your outdated house will get a quick and east 21st-century update.

You will have the look and feel of a brand new modern home, without the steep price tag for upgrades or the out of this world mortgage.

Sometimes all it takes is the stroke of a paintbrush to get the look you want, and in some cases, need.

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