How to Design a Modern Home: A Step-by-Step Guide

When people think of home design, they often think of expensive luxury homes and sprawling estates. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many quick and easy ways to infuse your home with modern design without breaking the bank. In this post, we’ll cover four easy steps to modernizing your home.

Understanding Design Styles

As far as design styles go, there are many popular styles. Sometimes the more popular styles start to become overused and get boring. That’s why it’s important to check out what’s trending on the market. If your current style doesn’t have a specific update in style, a simple update in color or material will do.

If you’re on a tight budget, here are some design styles that are on the way out: The Craftsman

This style of home has been popular throughout the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. A lot of the Craftsman homes were actually built in the Victorian era before being updated with modern styling. These homes often feature gorgeous timber and barn inspired details. Today, these homes are quite expensive because of their iconic status and high demand.

Modernizing Your Home

Now that you’ve considered a timeless aesthetic, you’re probably wondering what to do about interior design. Modern home design allows you to enjoy your surroundings while maintaining a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to sacrifice function to get this style of home.

A modern home provides a modern and comfortable atmosphere in the most affordable way possible. These are the main ideas you’ll want to focus on when designing a modern home.

Always Consider Cleanliness as it is key in any design. It’s imperative to keep your home spotless and clutter-free. Cleanliness goes beyond the bathroom and kitchen.

To create a welcoming home, you’ll need to create the right amount of space and structure in every room of your house.

Adding Modern Lighting

While adding subtle modern accents are great, adding brightness and power will open up a new world of possibilities for any room. Installing a new light fixture is the perfect place to start. Some of the most useful lighting changes include adding recessed lights or adding strip lighting in different colors.

Tips: How to Create a Contemporary Living Room – Adding Bookshelves

Even if you’re not a bibliophile, bookshelves are an easy addition to any room. It may sound strange, but installing book shelves is a quick and easy way to add height and space. Another great way to use book shelves is to show off your children’s books.

Tips: Using Light Fixtures with Contrasts Contrasting light fixtures will add dramatic flair to any room.

Update Your Bathroom

When you remodel a bathroom, you want to make it as good as possible for your needs and for what your family values. The bathroom can become a really important room in your home and, as such, can be the most expensive part of your remodel project. But, you don’t have to go all out to upgrade the bathroom.

Adding new features to your bathroom can make it feel modern. Try out Vintage Aesthetic Design, People love what’s old.

In a recent study by a home show company, more than 60 percent of homeowners aged 18 to 29 said they were more likely to buy a home if it had classic or vintage elements. Find unique elements to incorporate into your bathroom to give it an old-fashioned appeal.

For example, old brass fixtures can be upgraded with new brass ones or even low-temperature plating to give them a patina.

Living Room Design

Interior designers, including Paris-based designer Charles-Henri Courbet, all agree that the Living Room is the first thing people see when they enter your home. And for good reason — this is the easiest room to transform.

Choose a Color Before you begin, you’ll need to decide what color you want to paint your room. The best time to decide is when you’re doing the project or at the end — before the walls are dry.

Once you know what color you want, start looking for paint. A lot of people choose to paint their walls in light neutral colors such as white or a pale gray. You can always add color by getting a piece of art or a side table to add a pop of color.

Bedroom Design

Let’s start off simple, with bedroom design. Maybe you want to convert an existing bedroom into a master suite, or you’re renovating your current bedroom. Whatever the reason, how to design a bedroom has something to do with floor plan and window configuration, so let’s dive in.

First, the walls. We recommend Dark Walls.

Just like any other room in the house, the bedroom needs to have a functional, unifying color scheme. The color is chosen so that the space is well-lit. This is especially important when there are window and lighting changes throughout the day.

So if you don’t want to paint or cover up any windows, then a plain colored wallpaper or simple paint job will work best. If you’re going for a gothic, black and white theme, opt for wall-to-wall dark walls.

Kitchen Design

Stripping down the old kitchen and starting from scratch is one of the easiest ways to modernize your home, but it’s not always a realistic option. However, you can achieve a modern style kitchen without leaving the house if you just focus on replacing appliances and making simple fixes.

Replace Countertops Countertops are probably the biggest expense in a kitchen remodel, but they aren’t the only problem. The most common problem with countertops is a lack of moisture protection, which means they can easily peel away.

To solve this issue, you need to install a water protection coating on your countertops, usually made of silicon and  upgrade all appliances.


Through the years, I have noticed some popular design techniques only being used by certain people. For example, there are those who only use stainless steel as a decorative element in their homes. And other people only use cork, bamboo, and rattan as a decorative element in their homes.

I find these to be a bit strange. In my own personal opinion, one has to be able to live with their own personal style in order to live with it. If you only ever use one particular method of design, it will limit your ability to express yourself.

These same design trends are also bad because they will inhibit the flow of the house. You will feel like you are always at a dead stop just to make a room look right.