Many people love the look of a traditional home from an exterior perception. The focal windows and doors, the lovely front garden, even the brick or stone work you might have. However, sometimes you just don’t want to continue that traditional look throughout the interior. Of course, there is often an opportunity to get to a happy medium. Where you make the most of original features while still giving your home a modern and edgy look about it. With that in mind, here are some of the ways you could modernise your traditional home inside.
Brighten up the walls
Many traditional homes will have rooms that appear dark. It might be because of the colour on the walls, wallpaper being used or even the size of the window. Modernising this element is easy as it is as simple as decorating the walls with a brighter shade. A modern approach would be to consider white walls, which will instantly help to make a room appear brighter and bigger. However, you may want a warmer feel so a cream shade or a light grey could also work.
Add some contemporary art
Modern means edgy artwork, so why not use this to your advantage and hang some contemporary pieces of art on your walls instead of a traditional print. You could also consider using your own photography and create a feature wall with all your favourite photos in it. It makes a great talking point.
You don’t have to sacrifice quality furniture
With traditional furniture you often get the quality, and you may not want to sacrifice that feature. Many expert and traditional furniture makers now offer some modern alternatives. Giving you the look you are after as well as the quality. You only have to look at something online to get some great inspiration. Other things to think about when it comes to craftsmanship is book shelves and coffee tables or updating with new accessories from places like Access Hardware, or other bigger pieces of furniture. Getting these commissioned and made could be a great way to ensure you get the look you are after.
Be unique with your layout
Who says chairs and furniture need to be placed in a certain way? If you want to break away from tradition, be unique with your layout and try out new things. The new floor plan could work well for you and create that modern look you were hoping for.
Stack books in shelves
Books don’t have to be stored upright, why not break the tradition and stack your books instead. Even mixing up the two styles can make any shelves look more styled, rather than just having a specific use. It may also free up space to use for other trinkets and accessories.
Use textures and colour for interesting points
Finally, consider using textures and bursts of colour instead of anything pattered. A pattern can lose its modern status very quickly, and then appear more traditional than anything else. You just have to think back to the days when patterned carpets were all the rage. You may even want to consider adding metallic tones to your styling.
Let’s hope these tips help you to modernise your traditional home.