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Style and technology are constantly changing and whether your home is fifteen years old or one hundred and fifty there are probably some things that are outdated. Maybe you want to update the aesthetics of your home, the technology or the layout to make it a more modern and functional living space for you and your family. Here are ten tips to bring your home firmly into the 21st Century.

  1. Exteriors

Modernizing your exteriors can be a great way to add some value to your home, and there are plenty of options. All you need to do is pick a nice colour and add a render or you could go with a Pro Facade and add some metal cladding. For an ultra modern exterior, you want to keep everything nice and geometric with big windows

  1. Landscaping

To update your yards it is best to start slowly and add things over time, this will help you plan and keep things manageable. The best modern yards are functional and have plants that are easy to care for (bonus points if they are native to your area)! Outdoor eating areas are extremely desirable and are fantastic for entertaining. The garden itself should have a good variety of colour and have points of interest at various heights. You can do this by adding raised garden beds or by working with a range of bushes, shrubs, trees and crawlers.

  1. Home Layout

To make your interior feel more up to date it makes sense to start with layout.

For a modern feeling layout open plan is the way to go but if you don’t want to start ripping out walls and rebuilding you can simply look at your furniture. The aim is to create the illusion of space and have some flow from room to room. Lots of light and furniture that is not too large for the available space are practical ways to make a space feel open. If you want to make a room feel bigger strategically places mirrors and light and bright colours can help do the trick.

  1. Cupboards and Cabinetry

One thing that can really give the age of a home away is the style and colour of your cabinetry.

Replacing it is unnecessary as long as it has been well maintained. But changing the handles and giving you shelving and cupboards a lick of paint can change a space immensely.

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  1. Window Dressing

Windows are one area that when poorly maintained cam age the appearance of your home.

Heavy, dusty curtains, layers and layers of paint or any clouding from dirt or excessive sunlight on or surrounding your windows are a classic tell.  If your windows are looking a little too wise a thorough cleaning and some new shutters or curtains could be just what the doctor ordered.

  1. Bathroom Overhauls

Styles of bathrooms are another thing that are usually pretty easy to date, as bathroom styles and colours are often fleeting in fashion. For a timeless appearance try to stick to neutral and clean fixtures and colours. White is always a safe bet for tiles and updating the lighting will always provide a fresh look to your wet areas.

  1. Kitchen Appliances

Kitchens are the most used areas in the home so it needs to be functional.

If your kitchen badly needs a refreshment updating your appliances is a great place to start. Things like fridges, ovens and dishwashers tend to show their age easily unless they have been immaculately cared for. Rethinking your lighting can also give the kitchen a much needed shove into the modern era.

  1. Walls

If you have any outdated/faded wallpaper, or the colours in your home are out of style, a lick of paint might be all you need to refresh the place. Some other tells that it might be time to paint is the lines that can appear around the top of the room if there has ever been someone who regularly smoked inside, or patcher where the paint is peeling or discolored from sun exposure or wear and tear.

  1. Flooring

Carpet is another probably the most obvious thing that can date a house so to avoid this you can rip it all up and go with beautiful hardwoods or tiles. They are easier to clean and maintain anyway. Rugs are the way to go if you feel like you need something fluffy underfoot, you can move them and they are far easier to clean and update when you want a change.

  1. General Maintenance

If all of the things above are too complicated or out of your price range you can improve the look and feel of your house just by giving it a good clean every now and again and by conducting regular maintenance. Patching holes or dents in the dry wall, re-staining floors and other once in awhile tasks like this can keep your house feeling like new, no matter when you moved in!