8 Simple Steps to Modernising Your Home on a Budget

If you are growing tired of your home, it might be time to make some changes. Maybe it just doesn’t feel stylish anymore, or it’s starting to feel a little bit drab, either way, you can easily make improvements that will make your home feel like home again and make it more modern. You don’t need to necessarily get straight onto renovations, part of it is about making a plan. You don’t need to spend a fortune either. 

There are many different tips and tricks that you can use to create a more modern look and feel for your home. Let’s have a look at some of these in more detail below: 

The 8 Step Formula To Modernising Your Home (Without Spending a Fortune)

1. Create A Plan 

a stylish bedroom with brown sideboard storage, large modern art on the walls, grey wallpaper and a small section of bed showing with white bedding

By this we aren’t talking about a plan to make changes, we are talking about creating a plan of your home’s layout as it is now.

Create a sheet for each room and create a plan that you can use to build and improve the layout. This will help you make the most of the space that you have as well as help you to see the improvements that might need to be made.

When you come to buy new furniture such as a glass display cabinet or move a room around, you should revert back to these plans. They will help you to choose the pieces that will work for your home and will also help you to avoid the pieces that just won’t work.

Too often, people order furniture and hope for the best. This is when you end up with furniture that just doesn’t fit in the space that you have available. 

2. Plan In Your Maintenance 

A modern home will be a well-run home. This means you need to ensure you are on top of maintenance. Although you might like to think you can, you can’t just wing it when it comes to the maintenance of your home. You need to create a plan and stick to completing regular maintenance tasks.

If you don’t your home will only look neglected and old rather than modern and well looked after. Go around your home, and write down everything that needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and how often. 

3. Improve Your Kitchen 

open plan ktichen with grey walls, long wooden table, and grey island. Lots of hanging pots and pans

If you are looking to make your home look more modern, one of the first places you should look is your kitchen. If your kitchen hasn’t been updated in over 10 years, it is probably well overdue some TLC. It might be the biggest reason your home is looking old and outdated.

The kitchen is the heart of your home, therefore, if it looks old, your entire home likely looks old.

You could replace the whole kitchen, however, this could be expensive and you may not have the budget for it.

You can still update your kitchen by doing smaller changes such as: 

  1. Replacing the worktops 
  2. Changing the cupboard doors 
  3. Improving the storage options 
  4. Changing the appliances 
  5. Updating the fixtures 
  6. Adding new lighting 
  7. Changing the taps 
  8. Knocking through to create an open-plan living space 

Many people get put off looking at their kitchen as they feel like their only option is to change the entire kitchen. Changing just a couple of the ideas above could be enough to make the difference you are looking for. 

4. Install Mirrors To Expand On Light

If you want to create a more modern look for your home, you need to think about the lighting. A light and airy home will make your home feel and look more modern instantly.

A simple way to get more light around your home is to install some mirrors near to windows It will give you the look of more space and more light. They help to reflect the light around your home so make sure you place them near to windows to spread the natural light. 

5. Add Larger Windows And Doors

That brings us to the windows and doors. Although it can be an expensive change, investing in larger windows and doors is a really good way to add more light to your home and make it more modern.

Large windows, skylights, and bi-folding doors are all really popular at the moment and make a home look instantly more modern. The aim is to get as much natural light as possible into your home, and also create a fluid flow between the outside and inside of your home. 

6. Improve Your Outside Space

Sunny outdoor patio with hills in the background and wooden seating with a white umbrella and pots of colorful plants

If you do add bi-folding doors, you are going to need a modern outside space for them to open up onto. Improving your garden shouldn’t be neglected and is a good way to make your home more modern.

Look to creating a space outside where you can dine, entertain, and relax into the evening.

Adding new garden furniture, a modern patio area, and landscaping can all help to make your garden a more modern and stylish place to be. With summer fast approaching, now is the perfect time to get started on these changes. 

7. Install More Storage 

Light bedroom with wicker basket for storage of pink cushion and grey blanket with white bed in the background

One thing that you will notice about modern homes is that they always seem to be clutter-free.

This is for one very easy reason, storage. Modern homes have made storage a priority, therefore, if you want to make your home more modern, you need to think about the storage solutions that you have in place.

Now, we are not talking about adding bulky furniture to your home, we talking about adding as much hidden storage as possible. You should think about things such as: 

  1. Built-in wardrobes that are floor-to-ceiling 
  2. Making use of all vertical space inside cupboards and pantries
  3. Storage under beds and sofas 
  4. Built-in storage under the stairs 
  5. Outdoor storage for tools and exercise equipment
  6. Office storage to hide cables and stationary

If your home is lacking in storage think about adding some or all of these options. Remember having a modern home is all about having an organized home, and storage is the best way to resolve this. 

8. Think About The Finishing Touches 

The finishing touches to your home are something that is an essential part of how it feels. You can completely change the look of your home by how you choose to complete the design.

You can often change the look and feel of a room by simply changing the window dressings, a new rug, changing the cushions, and adding new light fittings. If you want to go even further you can make some bigger changes such as looking at the furniture. It doesn’t matter how modern your home is if your sofa and living room set are extremely outdated, they will make the entire room feel old and in need of some love.

If you are on a budget, there are many options to help with this such as looking for furniture that can be upcycled on platforms such as Facebook. You could always update your existing furniture with a lick of paint, a change of handles, and new fabric. 

These tips should help your home go from drab to modern. Some will cost more than others, however, as you can see, there are many different ways in all sorts of budgets that you can improve your home and create a modern place to live and enjoy. Now that summer is on the way, it’s time to start enjoying making the changes to your home.

Do you have any plans to make some modern changes this year? It would be great to hear about them in the comments below. 

Further Reading on this topic:

Update a Living Room with the Right Accessories

25 Easy Kitchen Updates for a Summery Feel

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas for a Fantastic Dinner Party


Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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