"If you’ve often flipped through various magazines, wishing your home was as modern as those in the pictures, you’ve probably thought your traditional home could never look much better than it does right now. Well, you’re probably wrong. Namely, there are ways to contemporise your home without breaking the bank and here are just some of the ideas that you might want to consider. Some of them require no professional help, which means you’ll not only upgrade your place of living, but also have that great sense of accomplishment." - Lillian Connors
Even if you’re not a huge fan of modern art, think about including a contemporary piece to your interior. Traditional architectural details will surely make a great contrast to this addition, particularly if you manage to find something which would complement the existing colour in the room.
Reorganise Your Library
When people think of libraries and bookshelves, they always visualise rows of vertically arranged books. So, if you just rearrange your books and stack them horizontally or experiment with a combination of horizontally and vertically stacked books, you’ll achieve a much more contemporary look not only of your library, but the whole room as well. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, arrange several stacks of books with some space in between. You’ll be amazed with the result.
Let There Be Light
This is another way to make your room much more modern. Changing the colours of your walls or upholstery and introducing bright colours, such as primrose yellow or mint green, can make a world of difference. Still, if you really want to make the most of them, you need to think about how you’re going to accentuate those colours. One way is to install modern LED ceiling lights, which will provide just the right support and completely change the look of your home.
Most traditional homes feature dark colours and upholstered furniture which don’t really provide liveliness or any inspiration whatsoever. What you can do about it, though, is to include some transparent object, such as a glass table or acrylic chandelier. This will at least provide a touch of modern design to an otherwise dull interior.
Simple Lines and Patterns
Elaborate and intricate designs truly belong to the past. If you want your home to get rid of such appeal, you need to simplify. Straight lines and metals, for example, will significantly change the atmosphere. Also, you can experiment with various textures and see if you can achieve the effect you desire.
Long-gone are the days of traditional homes that were supposed to reflect the values and customs of your country of origin or residence. Instead, the right thing is to mix décor from all four corners of the world to give your home the contemporary look you want. There are lots of tiles now available to suit this purpose. The Odyssey collection is inspired by journeys of discovery. Floor tiles for bathrooms, kitchens, conservatories and exteriors in a variety of sizes, colours and patterns that are designed to incorporate the unique look and feel of many different countries and cultures throughout the globe.
Another feature that traditional homes boasted was predictability. You could expect to find particular items of furniture at the same place in pretty much every home. To blend was the way to go. Well, not any more. Now, it’s all about surprises, either by including unorthodox pieces or making unexpected combinations. You are only limited by your imagination.
Size May Matter
You may wish to experiment with including items whose size breaks the conventions of expected. Whether you do that with your dining table or chandelier, it’s going to be noticed. This doesn’t apply only to furniture, but to plants as well. A giant pot in the corner is bound to attract attention, for example.
As you can see, there’s so much you can still do to make your home more modern, short of moving to another place. You can contemporise the design of your home and make it more appealing to you or to prospective buyers, should you decide to sell it. In either case, this is an investment that should really pay off.
About the Author
If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement projects and spread the word about them. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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