Home owners will know that it takes time to make a house a home. When you first move into a new house, you take on the job of transforming it to make it your own space, somewhere where you feel comfortable…

If you’re having a complete overhaul of your new house or apartment, here are a few tips to modernize it and make it somewhere you can call home:

1. Embrace Sustainability

Finding reclaimed materials and repurposing them is a great way to boost the sustainability of your home. This doesn’t mean it’ll end up looking “shabby chic” either – old crates, logs and roof beams can be transformed to add a modern touch. DIY coffee tables, cabinets, shelves and headboards can all look like a designer piece with a little bit of TLC.

This is something that doesn’t have to cost a fortune, yet you can create a truly unique piece of furniture that will instantly update your room.

2. Add More Light

Introducing more natural light to your home can instantly transform it. It’s one of the main things that people look for when they’re buying a house, so adding these features into your home could add to its value:

  • If possible, install some large windows – the bigger the better! The increased natural light will make you feel immediately happier.
  • Make sure your trees and bushes are trimmed down so that the light can actually get into the house. Also, make sure your windows are clean for the same reason.
  • Add a balcony using frameless balustrades from Barrier Components. They’ll look sleek and modern, and let more air and light into your home.

3. Experiment with Colour

Introducing colour in unexpected places can instantly update your home’s interiors. Instead of the traditional white bathroom, why don’t you experiment with one on the darker end of the colour spectrum, with slate grey and charcoal tones?

How about adding a pop of colour to doors, window frames and your bannister? This can bring some of your personality into your home and instantly modernize it, making it feel more like it’s yours. Even if you want to paint everything white and introduce bright colours in the styling (the curtains, cushions and artwork), you’ll enjoy a pulled-together and sophisticated look for your interiors that is bang up to date.

4. Indulge in Statement Pieces

Minimalism is a fairly modern trend, with many homes taking the ‘less is more’ approach and only including items of furniture that are required. However, it’s still good to have that statement piece for the room, whether it’s an antique rocking chair, marble fireplace or large contemporary painting hanging in the hallway.

Indulging in a statement piece adds a modern touch, displaying something unique in your home. Just don’t over indulge and buy a full set of antique furniture, otherwise, it will have the opposite effect.

5. Go Open Plan

Open space will not only allow more natural light but also create a more modern feel to any room. This may require professional help (as you don’t want to damage any supporting walls) but the effect will be worth it. Creating one big open space that incorporates the living room, kitchen and dining room is a common way to start.

Your home will also feel larger too, with the space taken up by walls now gone. The same flooring can be laid out across all this open space which adds to the effect and it can form a more social atmosphere.

If you’re looking for some ways to add some of your personality into your home, these modern updates will help you do just that! However big or small you want your changes to be, you can enjoy a home with special details that have been designed for you, by you.