How to bring your home into the 21st century

Modern living room interior. Contemporary design concept

Does your home pay homage to the latest interior design trends? Or is it a throwback to the 1980s, with linoleum floors in the kitchen and salmon pink upholstery in the lounge?

Modern living room interior. Contemporary design concept
Modern living room interior. Contemporary design concept

Light and bright contemporary interior designs make all but the grandest stately homes feel roomier and more refined, increasing their appeal to buyers.

But updating the interior of your home shouldn’t take up all your spare time. With just five simple changes, you can give your house the facelift it truly deserves.

Replace carpet with wood

Chances are you haven’t replaced your carpet since it was first installed. Shagpile may have been stylish once, but the demands of 21st century life means the majority of homeowners do not have the time to maintain it.

As well as being easy to clean, wooden floorboards give your home a slick, polished finish. Floorboards now come in myriad colours and shades, meaning you can match them flawlessly to the rest of your palette. While carpet becomes ragged and aged over time, wooden floors remain simple and attractive.

Refurbish kitchen cabinets

Kitchens can sometimes need more than just a spring clean. Give tired-looking cabinets a new lease of life by either replacing the door fronts or the whole unit. A refit can be expensive, which is why replacing only drawer and cabinet doors is often a cost-effective option.

However, if you do decide to fork out on a complete overhaul, then try to work more drawers than cabinets into your plans. Large, expansive drawers can be used to display your crockery or hold larger utensils and are more versatile than traditional cupboards. Substitute sharp worktop edges for curved ones, so your kitchen appears as one flowing piece.

Update your bathroom

The function of a bathroom hasn’t changed much over the years, but that doesn’t mean the design can’t. Showers and baths are starting to become focal points of the room, growing bigger and bolder all the time.

Freestanding tubs are particularly popular, as they give you more freedom to sculpt the rest of the area and are considered a striking centrepiece. Showers are also becoming more autonomous, taking up more space in the designs.

Think of your bathroom as an extension of the rest of your home. Making it feel warm and inviting is all part of the process and some people have even gone as far as introducing plants and furniture to aid relaxation.