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9 Tips on Modernizing Your Home

It’s not easy to build a modern home. This takes courage, expertise, and considerate deliberation.
But what is the modern home design and how do you know if it’s modern in design for your future home?
What do you do if you are confused about the theme of the design or are curious how futuristic it will actually be because you have trouble imagining it?
What if you had somebody creating a design for your future home and they created a traditional design? How do you modernize the design of a house?

If you’re designing a home (either by yourself or with a designer) wondering if you’ve got a modern home design, here are some design tips and features to take into consideration to make sure you ‘re on the right track with your modern home design and/or course.

 

1. Create a Straight-Forward Simple Floor Plan

The floor plan layout and house design are some of the main differences between traditional and modern homes. You can usually tell if this is a traditional or modern style, just by looking at a floor plan.

Getting rooms set out in a very haphazard, disorganized way, is not unusual for typical homes. Many spaces look good with a rational progression from space to space, but then suddenly it seems like whoever made the design took whatever rooms were leftover and crammed them into the plan’s remaining gaps. And you end up on the other side of the house with the master bedroom by the garage or the powder room, instead of by the living spaces where it is more fitting.

Yet you prefer to see more deliberate structure, with new houses. You see a Spiral of Circulation. You look at symmetry. You see the rooms that are arranged in a rational way that makes sense. The resulting interface is straightforward and has a basic geometric shape. The floor plan tends to have pure rectilinear spaces and is often organized around a path, spine, or connector to circulation.

 

2. Create an Open Floor Plan With Flexible Spaces

Flexibility in design and use, with alternative solutions for the distribution of the furnishings, providing several options – as opposed to the static nature of standard furnishings – to meet different demands, with products able to assume different forms for different functions.

 

3. Simplify Your Roof Design

Design Tips to Modernize a Roof:

If you have a home design with a traditional pitched roof and gable roof, you’ve got two choices. The simplest (though the least successful as well) option is to retain the conventional roof profile and see if there are other ways to modernize your house’s exterior look. The other choice is to restructure the roof so it has a more modern roof style. This is a more involved process and may result in the overhaul of the entire floor plan, but this should be considered if you are serious about creating a modern home.

When you stick to a flat roof, what would you do to retrofit the exterior?

You ‘re going to have your work cut out for you, but it does. The best approach is to simplify as many of the details of the roof as possible including eaves, edges of the roof, material, and color of the roof, and profiles of the gutter.

Want the roof to extend across the face of the wall or can it be flat, removing the fascia and soffit board? Do you need to use the standard K-style gutter, or will you be working on a half-round or A-style gutter profile? How can you simplify roof venting design at the eaves? Around the same time, try to improve the exterior of the house as much as you can, such as window trimming.

 

4. Consider Your Window Design

The window style is another major disparity between traditional and modern homes.

Traditional homes usually have smaller punched opening windows made of regular casement and double-hung sash windows.

Modern houses are distinguished by wider glass expanses, often entire window walls that historically would have served as solid walls. Outdoor relations is also a significant design concept in urban architecture. Large windows offer this opportunity, letting the daylight in and giving out views.

Design Tips to Modernize a Traditional Window Design:

If your home design has a traditional windows style, you will have to determine if the shapes, sizes, and positions are appropriate to you, or whether you want to try to create a more modern look. Sometimes it can help to modernize your home look by going from a single/double hanging window to a casement or fixed window. You remove window frame members essentially so that a solid fixed or casement window looks more compact and modern as opposed to a double-hung window.

Consider also the materiality of your windows and profile of the frame. Can you find another window profile that has a simpler and smaller profile of the window frame? What about changing window frame content into something other than vinyl?

Bigger moves in the design are also useful if you really want to achieve a modern look.

Enlarging window sizes will help, as would floor to ceiling windows. Several window suppliers are extending their regular window sizes to include larger sizes that are becoming increasingly common.

Traditional vinyl windows may not span larger distances, but nowadays wooden and aluminum windows are becoming more economical.

It will be helpful whatever you can do to help the outside house read less like standard off the shelf “punctures” of windows to open up the landscape to the interior experience.

 

5. Be Intentional With Storage

In a modern house, it is important to have a place for everything. Modern living is a life without clutter. In a modern home, careful consideration is given to how things can be properly stored and displayed.

Consists of built-in casework, cabinetry, and modern furniture systems. But the look and feel of the storage solutions is what differentiates modern from traditional design.

Clean lines and simple detailing once again make up modern casework and cabinet design. Simple open shelving or full-faced flat slab cabinet fronts typically consist of this. In comparison, typical casework uses recessed door panels and different trim types, several times out of plainsawn oak.

Design Tips for Modern Storage Solutions:

Try to have a specific place to store all of your belongings. Store most of your stuff out of sight and keep your home clutter-free.

Easy floor to ceiling shelving/cabinetry for built-in casework has a sleek feel. Flat slab door front cabinet with simple hardware offers clean lines and a sleek aesthetic style. Avoid traditional-style recessed panels and decorative wood profiles. Also, find a quarter-sawn cut over plainsawn when you are using wood to avoid the cathedral patterns associated with more traditional designs.

If you opt for standalone or modular storage solutions, many companies such as Ikea have modern designs. Whatever the case, keep it quick. If you pick and look a basic template in a consistent material, you can’t go wrong.

 

6. Simplify the Architectural Detailing

Modern houses just have clean details. That applies to interior design as well as exterior design.

While traditional homes may not be excessively complicated, they do have a standard vocabulary that makes them … well, traditional, or usual. You think of vinyl when you talk of typical house siding. You probably think of a built-up profile consisting of multiple pieces of wood when you think of the traditional window trimming. When you think about a conventional roof, you probably think of posts and railings, probably pickets.

But modern design is composed of simple clean lines and minimal ornamentation. You will not find complicated work on the trim, ceiling details, or reliefs. Trim, if any, is modest in style and is simple. Walls and ceilings are painted surfaces that are usually smooth. And materials like painted sheetrock are simple.

Design Tips to Modernize Traditional Details:

Simplifying the detailing of your home can make a huge difference in your home’s look and feel. On the outside, strip the house down to the basics. Need all that trimming and skirting at the base? Need those extra wood profiles at the soffit/fascia? Or those fake supports?  Can you use a different siding material or even just switch to a larger sized panel to reduce the number of course lines.

Start by simplifying the trim on the interior. Baseboards, door trim, and window trim are included. By choosing a simpler profile, remove or simplify them. Remove moulding of crowns, moulding of chairs etc. If you’re using tile, consider that the amount of grout lines that make tiled surfaces look busy in large format tile. Consider simple details on the treads, risers, stringers, and railing systems for the stairs.

Select those that have a slender, simple profile when selecting windows. Go with a flat panel door for interior doors, instead of a recessed panel door. And go for a simple basic design, for cabinetry and casework. Choose full-faced flat slab cabinet fronts with simple hardware or better yet, do not consider any pulls from the cabinet. You can simplify your home look anyway, the better. That countertop of granite can look very busy. Should not take solid surface into consideration? And consider a smooth finish to those textured walls.

 

7. Consider the Home’s Materiality

Modern homes incorporate materials that look smooth and consistent so as not to distract from the overall space feel. Whatever the material, the texture, and the detail will find simplicity and consistency. Often this is achieved with larger material sizes such as large-format tiles, wide wood planks, and large uninterrupted swaths of material such as concrete, glass, metal, and sheetrock.

Eliminating joints and holes in the material (and being careful where they do exist) simplifies the material’s look and feel. You won’t find lots of busy surfaces with traditional homes like wallpapers, knotty woods, small tiles, slender wood strips, or carpet like you would.

Design Tips for Modern Materials:

On the outside, make sure that you select product lines with smooth surfaces if the vinyl or fiber-cement board siding is what you have budgeted for. You don’t have to look like that faux wood. You might also want to consider larger or larger panel sizes over narrow ones unless you specifically like the appearance of smaller widths such as wood siding.

You may want to choose stucco for a simple smooth surface, or large sheets of cement, concrete, or wood if your budget allows. But having the new look really comes down to details.

With a simple smooth finish painted drywall, you can’t go wrong on the inside. It is affordable and has a clean look. For modern homes, wood or concrete flooring works nicely.

Use species and lumber cuts that have a consistent look when choosing wood flooring. Quartersawn cuttings have good, straight grain patterns that match a simple modern design. With plainsawn cuts that show more of the knots and cathedral pattern, you’ll get more variation, so you might want to avoid that woodcut. White oak looks nice as far as species go, as do maple and walnut. Wider planks will have a more modern feel compared to narrow planks that look more traditional, but the wider widths will pay you more.

Concrete floors are common in modern accommodations. They fit well with the look of glass and metal and work on grade installations best for the slab. A basic polished finish is appropriate, and a pleasant look is produced by consistent color and texture.

 

8. Consider a Neutral Color Palette

The contemporary interiors are light and airy. Spaces are clean and fresh, with a high natural daylight dose. Paint colors typically consist of light, neutral colors with a few accents. Since modern architecture uses several large windows, exterior views appear to play a role in the color palette of the interior.

While traditional homes may also have a palette of light colors, they often consist of light browns and creams that don’t work easily with modern aesthetics.

Design Tips for a Modern Color Palette:

The right color palette of course depends on your personal tastes, furnishings, and artwork. But sticking to a light color palette can help to create a sleek look on the interior. White and grays are a good modern choice as far as paint colors go, and go nicely with a lot of modern materials.

A fascinating aspect of modern homes is that the exterior views frequently play a part in the color scheme of the interior due to the wider windows. For example, you could pull the green color in with views of the forest outside.

Color on the outside is largely dictated by the selection of the siding material. But when choosing colors you have options, many modern homes stick to the whites, grays, blacks, and a variety of wood.

Stop brown and cream colors, for tile floors and walls. It also goes with color on the grout. Same with countertops-avoid the tones of granite or brown. Consider instead a material of solid quartz or even of stainless steel or wood.

 

9. Be Selective in Choosing Fixtures, Furnishings, and Accessories

Without touching on the fixtures, products, and accessories that stylize the home, a conversation about modernizing a home look would not be complete. Today’s homes are clean and plain, again. Nothing screams traditional like dated light fixtures, appliances, and home furnishings. They are elegant and easy, nothing crazy, nothing over the top.

Design Tips To Modernize Your Home’s Interior

This is a very growing category, all-encompassing to consider when modernizing your home. Pay careful attention to all the goods you choose, and make sure that you choose basic and modern pieces. Even the hardware finish type should be selected deliberately. Satin nickel and stainless steel are elegant, modern finishes but other finishes can also look modern depending on the style.

So as not to forget many of the items to consider, here’s a running list of items that should be thoughtfully selected with modernism in mind:

  • kitchen & laundry appliances
  • light fixtures
  • plumbing fixtures
  • light switches, cover plates, etc
  • mechanical registers/vents
  • hardware (door pulls, cabinetry hardware
  • bathroom accessories (towel rods, racks, holders)
  • shower enclosure/hardware
  • and don’t forget the furniture and home decor

Also, note that there is a big trend in modern lighting design away from the single light hanging from the center of the ceiling. Now, the trend is for more varied and adjustable fixtures that consist of multiple recessed ceiling lights or wall lights on dimmers as well as task lamps. Remember, modern homes have open layouts. One fixture in the center of the space doesn’t make much sense anymore. In these larger spaces, multiple light fixtures work best especially when the activities vary in the spaces. Having the ability to adjust the lighting is key to a comfortable space. So, instead of having one light in the middle of your ceiling, consider multiple fixtures in your open concept plan.

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