Modernize your home with some simple and inexpensive upgrades.

Open almost any home design magazine and you’ll notice it – modern design is becoming mainstream, as open spaces with clean lines, rich colors and minimal clutter gain popularity with many homeowners.

If you’re starting to warm up to modern home design, there are ways to incorporate aspects of it into your current home – and it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here are a few ways to do it:

If you have a spare weekend, painting is one of the quickest and least expensive ways to give your home a new, modern look. For interior walls, you’ll likely need to apply two coats with a good quality latex paint. (Some paint brands claim one coat will do the trick, but you’ll get much better results with two coats.)

Simply painting a room a new color can give it a totally different feel. Or, you can get even more creative by painting walls in the same room different colors that complement each other. There’s a nearly endless palette of paint colors available, so have fun with it! The Internet is the best place to get ideas, such as this page on Houzz with literally thousands of examples of modern interior paint colors.

The right lighting can make or break a room. Adding modern style lamps or fixtures to your home is an easy way to create a more modern feel. Again, the Internet is packed with ideas, like this page on Houzz with examples of modern lighting options.

Have you ever noticed how some restaurants dim the lights in the evening? That’s mood lighting, and you can make it happen in your home with inexpensive dimmer switches. Simply by dimming the lights, the mood in a room is instantly transformed into relaxing, and if you’re lucky, perhaps even romantic!

The lightbulbs you choose also contribute to the mood in a room. LED bulbs have come a long way since their introduction, and are available in softer hues that create a warmer feeling that’s less “industrial.”

DIY Fabrics
If you haven’t been to a fabric store lately, you’re missing out. Fabric is a fairly easy and inexpensive way to incorporate modern into your home. That is, if you have a sewing machine and some patience – or a friend who does.

Fabric is colorful and full of texture. If you can sew a straight line, making curtains is within your skillset. And if you’re like most people, you have a few pillow scattered on your couch. You can recover them with a stylish new fabric. Combine patterns and styles to give your home a new, more modern style! When you don’t need a lot of fabric (like for pillows), make sure to check out the remnant area of your fabric store. They are much less expensive than off-the-bolt fabric and can work perfectly.

From all of us at Heatilator, enjoy your home!

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