Old rustic homes have a specific charm. They feel homely, calming and sometimes give you a feeling that you’re in your own little world.
However, sometimes this rustic charm doesn’t last. If you’ve been living in an older home for a while, you’re probably craving the simplicity and convenience that modern home designs provide.
In this blog, we’re going to discuss multiple ways to modernise your home. The methods that we outline in this blog will help you streamline your daily routine, improve your property’s security and enhance the appeal of your home.
Repaint Kitchen Cabinets
This is probably the easiest yet most effective way to give your home a modern look. Visually, your kitchen cabinets take up a lot of space. So, if the paint is starting to peel or if the colours are becoming faded, it’s going to be detrimental to the overall aesthetic of your home.
By repainting your kitchen cabinets with a clean and modern colour (i.e., white, black, muted earth tones, etc.), you’ll be able to change the atmosphere of your cooking space. For example, using a lighter colour will make your kitchen seem more spacious and darker colours will provide more of an intimate and classy atmosphere.
Bright colours can also work in certain modern home designs. However, if you want a clean and simple contemporary look, it’s best to go with less saturated hues.
Install an Electric Gate
Installing an automatic gate is a great way to improve home security while also enhancing the kerb appeal of your property. One survey showed that homes with electric gates and other explicit security features discouraged burglars from even attempting to break into the property. Some systems also have an intercom feature which allows you to communicate with the person at the gate. This can help you turn away any unsolicited salespeople and other unwanted guests.
Just having a sturdy electric gate also sets your home apart from the others, giving your property a sense of class and grandeur.
Nowadays, a lot of electric gates have sensors and/or facial recognition cameras which allow the system to recognise when you’re about to enter your property. This means you don’t even have to press a button to open your gates. This can be extremely convenient especially if you find yourself going in and out of your home throughout the day.
Replace Old Appliances
By keeping your old appliances, you might think that you’re saving money. However, in most cases, old dishwashers, heaters, air conditioners and washing machines are probably causing your water and energy bills to skyrocket.
A lot of modern appliances in the market today are designed to conserve energy and other relevant resources. Yes, they are likely going to cost you more upfront. However, in the long run, efficient appliances will help save you a significant amount of money through lower utility bills.
In addition, quality modern appliances tend to last longer and require less maintenance.
Replace Door Knobs and Handles
If you’re living in an older home, chances are your door knobs and cabinet handles are starting to wear out. One of the most common problems with old door knobs is the breakdown of the latch. Once the spring of the latch mechanism fails, the door won’t be able to close properly. This problem can affect your personal privacy as well as your home’s security.
While it is possible to replace a doorknob by yourself, we recommend that you hire a handyman to help you out. This will ensure that the knob or handle can be properly opened and locked when necessary. This is extremely important as an improperly installed door lock or door knob can become a hazard in emergency situations.
As you can see, adding modern features to your property can make your daily routine more convenient and can even lower your yearly energy consumption. So, if you’re looking to ditch the rustic theme, consider implementing the tips that we’ve discussed above.