With words like “modern” and “contemporary floating around the world of remodeling, many homeowners are wondering how to update their spaces to meet these trendy ideals. While a newly updated mid-century modern living room may be on your Pinterest board, it can be an unrealistic endeavor if you live in a traditional home with all of the accompanying details. For example, walking into a sleek contemporary kitchen when the rest of the house is full of traditional arched entryways and crown molding can be a jarring experience for both you and your guests. So how can you incorporate more modern details into your remodeling project while maintaining the integrity of your traditional home? Check out the below pointers to give you some inspiration on how to make this possible.
Decide What You Love and What You Hate
The majority of the time, the easiest place to start is to create a list of what you love and hate about your home. Which parts of your space inspire you and make you feel happy and relaxed? Perhaps there are rooms and details that bring back memories and make you feel euphorically nostalgic. Home in on these aspects of your space and keep them in mind when deciding on a new design. On the flip side of this, take note of what parts of your home create negative feelings or spark no emotion. What isn’t functioning properly or causing inconvenience? Resolve to eliminate what stands out to you or design around it.
Do Not Try to Keep Up with the Joneses
It can be easy to get sidetracked by transformed spaces that you see on HGTV, in magazines, or in other people’s houses. You may be hoping that you can replicate that dreamy minimalistic kitchen into your now traditional home. However, it is important to focus on what your space looks like now and how you can improve it in a way that realistically makes sense…for you. It is also a good idea to consider other factors such as where you live and what other comparable homes in the neighborhood look like. Afterall, remodeling your home should be an investment that better prepares you for possible resale down the road.
Embrace Transitional Design
Transitional design marries both modern and traditional aesthetic so that you can truly have the best of both worlds. This style embraces elements such as stone and marble, clean lines, sleek profiles, and feminine and masculine touches. It gives the modern feel of contemporary without completely wiping out traditional detail and is a happy medium. Overall, transitional is a design favorite for homeowners who need to update their space but do not wish to move.
If you are deciding to update your space but still want to honor the traditional aspects of your home, there are steps you can take to make this happen. By creating a list of what you love and hate, remaining focused on your home and goals, and embracing transitional design, you can create a space you love. Most importantly, you can also turn to a professional who will help and guide you through this process. At Nip Tuck Remodeling, we are experts at asking you questions about your space and pointing you in the right remodeling direction. Give us a call at 425-681-7668 and partner with us!
With words like “modern” and “contemporary floating around the world of remodeling, many homeowners are wondering how to update their spaces to meet these trendy ideals. While a newly updated mid-century modern living room may be on your Pinterest board, it can be an unrealistic endeavor if you live in a traditional home with all of the accompanying details.