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How to Modernize your Home

A modern living room.

Building your home is not something that happens overnight. It is something that you do over the course of your life or over the period of time you spend in a particular house. If your home is on the older side and you want to modernize your living space, bringing in some of the latest technology and newly designed decor pieces, we’re here to help.

Updating your home is a fun project. You can do it yourself or you can do it with the help of a professional interior designer. We’re here to help you if you’re more of the do-it-yourself type. As a window treatment company, we’re qualified to share our ideas on the newest motorized shades and blinds on the market. But we also have some ideas on floor plans and color schemes that we think can work well with your window treatments.

Strategize

Rebuilding your home doesn’t mean you have to tear down and start again from scratch (although some of you may wish to). Whatever you do, make sure you have a game plan on how you approach it, you don’t want to incur unnecessary costs during the upgrades. For example, if you want to set up a hardwired system for motorized shades or electric blackout blinds, you have to be willing to open up your walls and have an electrician set up the wires to your windows.

Electric blinds are one of the most common ways you can modernize your home. Instead of manual operation to open and close blinds, you can have them be hardwired into your house or they can be battery powered. Hardwiring can be a great way to reduce waste from batteries and you won’t ever have to worry about unplugging and recharging them as they are now connected to your home’s electric system. However, they do require you to commit to opening up your walls and having an electrician set them up, so they will absolutely require you to plan out extensively before installing them.

Similarly, if you are going to bring in new furniture, you should also create a plan before doing so. You don’t want to get a new sectional couch or a coffee table and then realize after the fact that they don’t work well together. If you are doing the renovations or upgrades yourself, make sure you have the measurements, color schemes and probably a floor plan all mapped out before you start making your purchases. It can help save you money and a lot of headaches.

A woman controlling her smart blinds.

Be Open to Ideas

Modern design theory is constantly changing. Something that is in style today may not be in vogue five or ten years from now. Now keeping up with trends constantly may become a burden on your wallet and more often than not, you don’t want to be wasteful. So how do you keep your design modern without breaking the bank?

The key lies in having an open mind and keeping your home versatile. You don’t have to get new window treatments and furniture every five years just to keep up with the Joneses. But by making small changes and adjustments here and there, you can keep your decor up to date without spending too much. For example, you can change small items like throw pillows and decor accents here and there to change the flavor every so often. It is also a good way to make changes to the colors of your living room and others without having to repaint or remodel.

Bring Technology Home

A modern trend that has really taken off in recent years is the use of technology and everyone is looking for ways to include it in their lives. It is not just computers and smartphones that have advanced a great deal, but smart home technology as well. These include a number of modern smart devices like your appliances, vacuum cleaners, smart lights, smart locks, smart shades, and more!

With smart technology, you help make your life easier in your home. A lot of tasks that you might have considered tedious like vacuuming become automated and taken care of by a machine. Some things like light fixtures and hard-to-reach windows no longer become a hassle in terms of operating, as you can connect the lights and smart blinds to voice command devices like Amazon Alexa to perform it for you. Not only does modern smart make your life easier, but also safer.

Another positive effect of bringing innovative technology to your home is increased money in your pockets with both increased savings and an increasing house value. Some items like smart shades can be solar powered, thus not needing batteries or being connected to the house’s electricity. Other technologies like a smart thermostat can help the house’s overall energy efficiency and help save on your gas and electricity usage. Lastly, if you are selling your house and a prospective buyer notices the upgrades you made and will be willing to pay more for your home, driving up your selling price.

Modern Home

There is no one way to build up and modernize your home. Above are a few suggestions we know and like, but they are not the only ways you can do it. Modernizing your home will have many benefits for you and your family, not just changing the appearance of your house. Pursuing it is not just a vain project, but an upgrade to your home and lifestyle.

Modernizing is not something that you can do overnight. We encourage you to plan it out first before starting. It can even become an enjoyable, long-term project for you, as you see your home transforming over a period of time and gaining you a lot of satisfaction.

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