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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An old, outdated wooden railing on your deck and stairs will age your house as much as your old doors and windows.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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14 inexpensive ways to make your house look expensive

Time to sell your house?

Are you bored with the current style of your home?

Trying to make your house look modern on a budget?

Or maybe you're just tired of your place looking cheap?

Then you've come to the right place.

If you've ever watched any of the numerous remodeling TV shows, you've seen the ridiculous price tags people pay to remodel their homes.

Want a new bathroom? Sure, pay $10,000!

Looking to remodel the kitchen? No problem that'll be $15,000!

That's not how it has to be.

If you want a fresh look for your home, on the inside or the outside, it doesn't have to break the bank.

Here's a list of simple and cheap fixes you can make to your house without dipping into your savings account.

Table Of Contents

  • Use Frames

  • Paint The Outdoor Eyesores

  • Add Molding

  • Add Shutters

  • Paint Neutral Colors

  • Hide The Trash Cans

  • Update Fixtures

  • Add Window Boxes

  • Add Mirrors

  • Hide Your AC

  • Ditch The Dated

  • Front Door Facelift

  • Hide TV Wires

  • Paint Windows On Your Garage

  • Get Started

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Use Frames

The difference a simple frame can make to the look of your room is incredible.

You can add a frame to just about anything to make it look like a work of art.

Kids drawings, posters, family photos, and your artwork can make a wall in your house look like an exhibit straight out of an art museum.

Be sure to use the right size frame for your artwork, including any matting you may need, and make sure the frames are color coordinated to match the rest of your room.

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Paint your Outdoor Eyesores

You already know what I'm talking about.

Your electrical box and all the random wiring and piping running up and down the exterior of your home.

It's an eyesore at best.

Paint them the same color as your siding to help them blend in.

While you're at it, add in or paint other things in your yard to help them blend in even more.

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Incorporate Molding

It doesn't have to be anything fancy.

If your walls are bare other than the artwork we talked about earlier, molding is an excellent way to add a pop of style.

Even the most straightforward piece of molding can take your walls from boring to breathtaking.

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Install Shutters

If you don't have them already, installing shutters is an excellent way of adding instant curb appeal.

Shutters will make your windows look two times as big as they are.

They all go a long way in breaking up a big and boring exterior wall.

Choose a color that is the exact opposite of your exterior walls to give it an extra pop.

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Window Shutters

Paint with Neutral Colors

Don't waste much time picking out which colors you'd like to paint your walls.

Stick with neutral colors.

Neutral colors will always look fresh and never be out of style.

It's also easier to match your furniture and accessories to neutral colored walls.

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Neutral Living Room Colors

Hide your Trash

Your old beat up trashcan might be the biggest eyesore in your yard.

Even if they trash cans are in immaculate shape, they're still trash cans.

There's nothing sexy about a trash can.

You can buy a storage shed made just for trash cans.

Alternatively, you can build your own.

A few lattice panels are enough to do the trick.

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Update those Old Fixtures

Old doorknobs, cabinet handles, drawer pulls, and light switch panels can all be swapped out relatively easy.

This is a great way to update your kitchen and bathroom without spending thousands of dollars.

You can also replace your outdoor knobs and handles.

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Add Window Boxes

A window box is just a flower box attached to your window.

Simple, right?

It is, and it can make the inside and outside of your home seem more luxurious.

On the outside, it will help break up that big boring wall and make the windows more prominent.

And on the inside, it's almost like your brought nature in with you because you can see the flowers and plants from inside your home.

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Add Mirrors

Mirrors are a great way to make the house look bigger.

Add a frame to them, and it's also like adding another piece of art to your room.

Add the mirror to your wall or even a door, and it'll feel like you've added some square footage to your room.

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Hide Your AC

Similar to your trash cans, but not quite as offensive, is your A/C unit.

It's a necessary evil.

It's as "first world" as a problem can get.

We want a comfortable air-conditioned home, but we don't want the eyesore in the yard.

Just like the trash can, you can buy a shed already designed for your A/C unit, or you can build one yourself.

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Ditch The Dated

Sometimes making your home look more expensive is as simple as purging the house of the old and outdated.

Ugly light fixture? Trash it and buy a new one.

Ugly brass doorknobs? Replace them with a shiny new knob.

Getting rid of the ugly and outdated often does a better job of adding value to your house as adding the shiny new objects.

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Front Door Facelift

Getting a new front door is a sure fire way to up your curb appeal.

However, that's expensive, and it might not be in your budget.

However, you can paint it and make it look like a new front door.

You can even add molding to it to make it look like a grand entrance.

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Hide TV Wires

Luckily, there's a now a wireless version of everything.

However, not everything has cut their cords, and the wires that are left over can be unsightly.

Like that clump of wires behind your TV.

I've got a quick fix for you.

Buy a curtain rod that matches the decor of your room.

Gather all the wires coming down from your TV, and stick them inside the curtain rod.

Now you're a magician who just made a bunch of ugly wires disappears.

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Living Room TV

Paint Windows On Your Garage

Ugly garage door?

No worries, just paint some fake windows.

This obviously won't do anything to brighten up your garage, but it will make your house look a little more expensive to passers-by. 

Call it makeup for your garage door.

It might be fake, but it makes it look better.

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Get Started

There are a few things you can do on this list right now without leaving your home.

Whether you're selling your house or just bored with the design, these ideas will go a long way to add value without decreasing your bank account.

If you still aren't sure how to decorate and you'd like an expert to bounce ideas off of, the experts at Furniture of Dalton are here to help.

Just click the button below, and we'll get you in touch with one of our experts.

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