Transform your home from traditional to contemporary
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The contemporary style home, on the other hand, has more open spaces, higher ceilings and less ornamentation. There is a range of different contemporary styles such as mid-century modern, retro, soft or casual, urban, industrial and art deco. The variations are what make contemporary design so versatile and interesting. If you are looking to change the style of your home to a more contemporary look, here are some suggestions. These actions range from the simple to the more involved (at which time you may want to get some help from a professional architect and contractor). 1. Declutter. Less is more in contemporary design. The space around your furnishings is just as important as the furnishings themselves. For the items that you need to keep, store them in simple, attractive containers. 2. Remove dated wallpaper. If necessary, sand walls for a smooth finish. Avoid heavily textured plaster. 3. Change your paint colors. The right color palette depends on your tastes, furnishings, artwork, etc. 4. Update your light fixtures. Change out ornate fixtures as well as old heavy track lighting. Recessed light fixtures have become more efficient and smaller. 5. Change your window coverings. If you have heavily detailed curtains with lots of trim, replace them with lighter and more streamlined draperies or shades that accentuate the space in the room. 6. Furniture, art and area rugs can be changed out with more modern pieces. 7. Replace the hardware on cabinets and doors. You can change the metal color, style and shape to a simpler, modern look. 8. Change the faceplates, light switches and electrical plugs throughout the house. If you decide to do this yourself, remember safety first%u2026 turn off the power at the circuit breaker panel before you start changing any switches or outlets. Now, if you want to go beyond the do-it-yourself level, it is time to bring in the professionals. Here is what we do to help our clients: 9. Replace single-pane glass, aluminum frame windows with energy efficient double-pane windows. Changing the type of window, for example a single hung to a casement, can update the look on the exterior of your house. While you are at it, select more modern front and back doors too. 10. Create big impact in the kitchen. Change the material of the backsplash and countertops. New and rediscovered materials, such as concrete, soapstone, terrazzo, recycled glass, and wood, offer fresh alternatives to granite, marble, or laminate. 11. Paint cabinets and change out the cabinets doors. Try a flat slab door rather than the traditional raised panel door. 12. Give floors, showers, and vanities attention in the bathroom. There are many ways to create a more contemporary look in a bathroom. Choose a vanity cabinet that mounts on the wall and allows the flooring material to extend underneath. Opt for a tile in a different shape such as a rectangular plank, and then repeat the pattern in the shower. 13. Open up the living areas. Your architect will likely consult with a structural engineer to determine how to support the ceiling and roof structure as walls are removed. 14. Remove popcorn-style ceiling finishes. Get a contractor with proper equipment to do this. The dust and fumes created are plentiful and best left to a professional. 15. Replace carpet with porcelain tile, hardwood flooring, or stained concrete. Keeping the new material as consistent through the house as possible will allow the rooms to feel connected. A contemporary home inspires to simplify spaces, materials, and furnishings to accentuate the geometry of the space. Best of all, you will have the relaxing, calm retreat you have been looking for.
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