What a Difference Design Makes

After moving into a 1930’s semi-detached home I knew I had my work cut out for me. I love contemporary design and the house was far from modern.  It has some fantastic original features, and there was no way I was going to just rip them out. I needed to come up with a way of compliment the old with the new, yet  whilst focusing more on the 21st Century at the same time.

Well as you can imagine it was difficult but I now have the home I have dreamt of all my adult life. Clean crisp interiors that are homely, functional and expensive looking. At the same time the hint back to the 30’s helps to keep a warm and inviting feeling, something that many contemporary homes seem to be lacking.

Tips to Transform Your Home

If you are looking to modernise I have a few tips that worked well for me.

  • Never throw out anything that adds value to the home. You may have original pieces such as fireplaces that will be helpful when it comes time to sell on. If you can’t bear to live with it just remove it carefully and store away to put back if you do decide to sell up.
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  • Replaced items that were added to the house later can be ripped out and replaced with something far more modern. Our home had an aging central heating system and we decided to get rid of the ugly old radiators and bring the rooms into the 21st Century with some awesome radiators. There are no hideous blocks of white metal ruining our rooms I can tell you.
  • Keep to one colour on the walls and use accent colours in your accessories. The walls in my home are almost all an off white downstairs yet we help to warm up the space with a red and a turquoise colour that is found in our soft furnishings and art work.  Upstairs we have a bolder colour scheme, yet still with just the one colour on the wall.
  • Consider using wooden floors or a pale carpet. I find the wooden flooring looks a lot more contemporary and it is great for keeping clean. Always buy the flooring that is able to resist water even in the living room just in case you have a few spills. In our bedroom I wanted something warmer and the short pile cream carpet looks perfect.

In my opinion they will work whether you home is Georgian, Victorian or a flat built in the swinging sixties.

If you want to modernise your home consider using designer radiators for a truly unique and artistic look.

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