7 Tips to Give Your Home a Contemporary Flair on a Budget

Posted February 11, 2020 by in Home
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You might be a person who has been in their home for a while and would like to change the interior design to give the house new life. However, you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a complete renovation. Then, try these seven tips to make your home have a contemporary look and flair on a budget:

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Add Floating Shelves

Take out from your storage space the knick-knacks and books then put them on floating shelves. It will add style and creativity to the walls in your sitting room or living room.

Adding floating shelves to your rooms is also a great way to store items that you normally would not know what to do with.

Replace Your Front and Back Doors

Changing the front and back doors will add beauty to the exterior part of your home. Choose a colorful front door or a beautiful glass pattern to interest your guests into anticipation of what is in store on the inside. Yes, change the back door too. If you have lived in your home for a while, the back door will need to be replaced. 

Also, you can use barn doors with glass as a room divider for your living room and dining room. Just by switching out the doors, you will make your home look and feel like you just renovated it.

Use Souvenirs From Your Vacation Travels

Use all the souvenirs and artwork that you picked up from your travels. Putting these items in frequently used areas in your home tells more of a story about you and will be a great conversational starter when guests come over for entertainment. These souvenirs do not have to be expensive. For example, you can put a postcard in a cool looking picture frame and hang it on your wall.

You don’t have to travel to other countries to add knick-knacks to your decor. One interior designer says that “A scarf you bought on the street at a flea market in San Antonio can be just as cool as one purchased in Montmartre.”

The things you cannot buy at Target are the little details that create conversation, that make a room unique—and you’re documenting your history in your home.”

Use Paint to Spice Up the Interior

Get rid of the old wallpaper that your grandmother loves and freshen up the walls with color. Using paint on the interior walls is inexpensive and will add a modern touch to your home.

Also, if you like the colors on your wall, then you can paint doors and cabinets to add an updated look. This is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to upgrade and modernize your home.

However, don’t get too crazy with paint colors. Wild colors can be obnoxious and uninviting for your guests. Use light earth tones and neutral shades because they are more attractive to most people. Don’t use dark colors, for instance, black or dark brown paint, because those are more depressing colors. You can give your interior home a contemporary look and spend less than $500 just by repainting the walls.

Install a Luxurious Fireplace Mantel

Modernizing your fireplace mantle. Even if your fireplace is not working, it will contribute to the overall decorum in your living room. The fireplace mantle makes your home look more expensive than it is. You should consider using wood or marble mantels. You can find most mantels in antique shops or home improvement second-hand stores that are inexpensive.

Change the Lighting Fixtures

You should give your lighting fixtures a contemporary look. When upgrading, choosing the right lighting fixtures for your home brightens it up and makes it look modern.

Replace Doorknobs and Cabinet Handles

This is the cheapest way to upgrade your home. You might think that doorknobs or cabinet handles are an insignificant detail to the overall beauty of the house. However, changing the doorknobs and handles will make people think that you installed new doors and new cabinets.

Also, since door knobs and handles are practical accessories you should consider when your home was made before buying them. You should always match your home accessories with the era of your home so it will have a cohesive flair.