4 Ways to Modernize Your Home

Abigail Sawyer | 04 Apr 2013 | Cellular Shades



Spring has sprung, and along with it, the season of home improvement and redecorating is upon us. The design world is ripe with modern minimalist spaces for spring 2013. To achieve this look you don’t have to throw out all your belongings and leave behind one bare bulb.  Here are 5 easy ways to modernize your home.

Turn Up the Contrast

contrasting textures

The modern look is all about industrial shapes and clean lines, but this visually stunning furniture can be cold an unwelcoming in reality. Add comfort and high contrast by pairing hard shapes with soft textiles. This wire chair and furry throw are the perfect match.

Windsor rocking chair and furry throw

Even more traditional shapes, like this Windsor style rocking chair look cozy with a furry companion.

Industrial stairs + furry rug

A clean, utilitarian staircase looks warm with a lush rug nearby.

Go Geo!

Geometric cube wall art

Geometric elements are a surefire way to make your home more modern. In corporate clean lines and abstract shapes in furniture, textile patterns and wall art.

Geometric wall art

An accent wall looks sharp and modern with clean shades like triangles in gradient colors.

modern Leather Circle chairs

The stark frames of the industrial chairs, textured concrete walls and sleek door frame create shapes that draw the eye in to this space. Create a similar look in your home by filing a room with non-organic shapes and hard lines.

Make a Hardware Switch

Modern Cabinet Hardware

Give kitchen cabinets and other furniture an update with hardware.  Long horizontal pulls are super sleek. The thinner and more angular, the better.

Camouflaged kitchen hardware

Modern kitchens designed from the ground up often feature cabinets with no hardware at all. If you don’t have time for a major remodel, repaint cabinets and add unassuming drawer pulls in the same color.

cabinet finger pulls

If you’re dying for the no-hardware look, another way to cheat the system is with finger-pulls. These tiny ledges allow you to get in and out of cabinets easily, but they blend in seamlessly.

Give Your Windows a Modern Lift

Modern technology has made window coverings easier to operate than ever. A sleek lift system like remote controlled motorization gives added convenience for hard to reach windows and a clean look with no dangling lift cords.

Cordless window coverings can be raised and lowered by simply lifting the bottom rail with your hand. This modern option will give your windows a sleek, of-the-moment look but bring easy operation that will last for years to come. Get a free cordless upgrade on many top products from Blinds.com during April.

Flat roman shades are perfect for a minimalist space, and with a Top-Down/Bottom-Up lift system, you’ll get modern versatility. Change the look of your room by letting in light from the top of your window and maintaining privacy at the bottom. This feature is available for nearly every style and brand at Blinds.com.

Need More Modern?

Find more ways to modernize your windows at Blinds.com and see our Modern Style Pinterest board too keep the home decorating inspiration going. While you’re there follow our boards!

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw