Time for a Makeover? Make it Modern!

Dated: September 29 2020

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Has your home seen a decade or more of living? Fear Not! Giving our home a modern make-over may not require a complete renovation. As with most things, the key to creating a more contemporary feel is in the details.

If a modern update is your goal, start with the features below. By tackling those areas one at a time, you can transform your living space from outdated to contemporary within a timeframe and budget that fits your lifestyle.


A contemporary space is light and bright, so your lighting choices should set the tone. Introduce modern fixtures with sleek lines and finishes. Add additional fixtures, including table-side task lighting and floor lamps, to brighten a room with limited natural light. Have some fun with the lighting by incorporating colored or textured globes that allow the fixtures to become focal points of contemporary design rather than functional afterthoughts.


When it comes to curb appeal, windows play an essential role in the overall aesthetic. So when you’re planning for a modern exterior upgrade, be sure to include the windows as part of your plan. Consider Gentek’s Signature Elite vinyl replacement windows, which offer a narrowline frame and sash to create a more modern, larger glass area for exceptional lighting. Not only do they provide even sightlines for clean, unobstructed views, they’re manufactured for maximum durability and energy efficiency and require little to no maintenance.


A  freshly-painted space simply feels new, regardless of colour choice. For a true contemporary style, simplicity in design is key, so keep colours on the lighter side. You can; however, add a pop of color in the form of a bold accent wall or even wallpaper that makes a statement. A good rule of thumb: maintain a simple palette of no more than three shades to incorporate a truly minimalist, modern atmosphere.


The entry and exit points to your home are more than functional features; think of them as a canvas for making a bold design statement. A sleek and contemporary door will transform your space in an instant. Check out the options offers by the Door Studio



Even the smallest details matter when it comes to modern design. You may not need to replace or update your cabinetry, but you’ll most likely want to select hardware that fits a more modern motif. Avoid weathered and overly polished finishes in brass or nickel, and opt instead for selections like matte black, gold and copper, which are all well-suited for contemporary kitchens. Don’t be afraid to mix and match for a bit of an eclectic look, such as different pulls for the upper and lower cabinets or a unique style for drawers.

When you're ready to buy, sell or invest in real estate, you need a trusted local expert. Call me today to arrange a personalized consultation and/or a free no-obligation home market analysis.

Elaine Ruddock 
Sales Representative, Davenport Realty
519.239.3382 / www.elaineruddock.com
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Elaine Ruddock

Born in Cambridge, Ontario, Elaine has lived in Waterloo Region her entire life. She is passionate about helping people, and that passion fuels her dedication to her clients; helping them and YOU wit....

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