By Tim Smith from

Many people want a modern home but fear they just don’t have the budget for the upgrades. Whether you are modernizing the home for yourself or for home buyers, there are a lot of things you can do to modernize your home that won’t cost you much. Here are a few cheap tips you can use to modernize your home.

1. Get Rid of Stuff

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That’s right, it’s the opposite of going out and buying new “modern” furniture and appliances. The modern home is all about space and openness, and you better believe that is what modern home buyers are looking for! You can create a lot of the openness by simply removing things.

 ●Get rid of things that serve no purpose

 ●Get rid of things that serve a similar purpose to something else in the room

 ●Get furniture off the walls

 ●Keep furniture separated rather than all together

You see? You don’t have to go far out of your way to add a modern feel. Just remember less is more. You don’t have to strip a room down to the floorboards, but giving your furniture room to breathe will transform your space into one that’s open and more aesthetically pleasing.

2. Play Around with Light



Lighting is one of the most inexpensive ways to add a modern look to your home. Well, lighting can become expensive, but there’s a lot you can do without spending a lot of money.

 ●Change the shades on lamps to more interesting ones

 ●Use lamp shades that redirect light in different ways

 ●Switch to bulbs or other kinds of lights that do more to brighten your space

 ●Invest in light dimmers to add some statement to your lighting

 ●Find cheap fixtures that look more modern than your current ones

 ●Focus light on a statement piece

There’s a lot you can do with lighting, but you may have to experiment a little to find the kind of lighting you want without having to pay a lot.

3. Paint the Space

Painting is another inexpensive way to modernize your home. A fresh coat of paint is like an instant upgrade to almost any home. You may want to go with soft colors. Remember brighter colors are better for a smaller space. They reflect light better and give the illusion that the space is larger than it is.

The one downside to painting is not everyone knows how to do it correctly. You should brush up with some tutorials or just hire a professional. Paying a contractor is still a cheap way to modernize your home.

4. Replace Inexpensive Things



Here’s one last nifty trick. Try replacing all of the small or inexpensive things around the house. For example, you can replace any of these things cheaply.


 ●Lightswitch covers

 ●Electrical outlet covers

 ●Blinds and curtains

 ●Cabinet and drawer handles


And there’s one upgrade that can go really far towards giving your home a modern look and feel. From the faucets to the tub, swapping out old looking fixtures to modern looking ones will upgrade and modernize your kitchen and bathroom.

You can give your home a modern look and feel with these affordable upgrades.

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