Whether you’re ready to make updates to your house that fits your taste or have just decided now is the right time to remodel, you may decide you want to go with a more modern home interior. Not only can choosing a modern home interior increase the value of your house, but it can also be an opportunity for cost-effective improvements.
Changing to a Modern Home Interior
Before you decide to take the plunge and go all-in on changing your house to a modern home interior, we must first make sure you understand what it should look like.
If you have thoughts of sleek and shiny design and colors of white, grey, or black in mind, you’re probably thinking more of contemporary design. A modern home interior will take on earthier hues and tones, but that doesn’t mean a neutral palette is completely out.
If you’re thinking that you want to reface all the cabinetry and replace it, modern home interiors often feature wood surfaces on many different elements in the house.
Now, that’s not to say that after reading this you may be thinking a contemporary design is actually what you were looking for. The fact is, both modern and contemporary designs share similar elements outside of the age of the look they are trying to achieve.
A modern home interior is based on a specific era in design history, while a contemporary home is designed after what is currently innovative and new. You will see a crossover in the elements as we take a look at how you can accomplish the interior of your dreams.
Open Spaces and Streamlined Furniture
The first thing you want to consider before changing to a modern home interior is what the actual layout of your house is like. If you feel like you are constantly looking at walls or that things feel a little cramped, you will most likely need a change in furniture and will need to create some floor space.
Opening your living space can be achieved by having a construction contractor come over and evaluate your interior to see if space can be opened up by removing walls. You will want your interior space to flow from room to room.
As far as furniture is concerned, think of straight lines and plain fabric. Avoid the use of bold, bright patterns and practice restraint during decoration. Although, bold and bright colors can be used for an accent piece of furniture, rug, artwork, or for a splash of paint on the walls, but should be used conservatively.
Fabric and paint choices may include neutral colors or earthier hues like brown, olive greens, navy, turquoise, or rust. Red, yellow, and blue are great options when adding paint, artwork, accent furniture, or rugs to a room.
Clean Lines, Clutter-Free Design, and Minimalism Can Go a Long Way
When thinking of what other updates are necessary for your modern interior home, you’ll want to remember clean lines — in architecture and design — and minimalistic and clutter-free design in every room of your house.
When surveying your interior to think of changes to be made, a modern home may show clean curves, horizontal, or vertical lines. This can be achieved by the use of neutral walls, or industrial elements such as concrete, iron, steel, and glass finishes and elements. This is where exposing brick walls on the interior could add a nice touch to your modern look.
The use of paint will again reflect neutral tones such a gray or white, and crown molding should be removed. When it comes to embellishments for doors and cabinetry, again, a modern look handle with a clean line design should be used. These looks can be achieved by updating to modern metal fixtures.
When it comes to decorating, a little goes a long way. Don’t get too caught up in wanting to have every single wall and table covered. Keep the idea of minimalism and clutter-free in mind. Try to pick tasteful designs that are not too high maintenance to keep up with and that represent that modern era look that is trying to be achieved.
Lighting fixtures should be replaced to take on that modern look. Long, thin lights that hang from the kitchen’s ceiling, recessed lighting, or exposed light bulbs are all a good choice. Use LED bulbs or implement smart technology to save on your electricity bill.
If you always thought you needed more natural light, now would also be the right time to update your windows to larger, more energy-efficient ones. This will also help create the illusion of more space within your home.
Things to Remember Before Remodeling
While remodeling is an extremely exciting thing one could do to their home, you want to make sure you have a team of experienced designers and contractors along with you every step of the way to make your home come together seamlessly.
It’s one thing to say you want to open up the living room by knocking down a wall, but it’s another to actually hire a professional to come in and make sure the work can be done safely, efficiently, and in a cost-effective manner.
Whether you have a board full of ideas or have little to no idea where to start on your modern home interior design, we’re here to make your vision come alive.
At Malek Construction, our team works hard to make you feel right at home. Contact us and we’ll help you build the home of your dreams.