How to inject Contemporary-Cool into your Older Home (without looking like Mutton Dressed up as Lamb!)


Injecting a contemporary vibe into your older-style home is more than a renovation, it’s an art form. The balance between old and new needs to be just right – and if you’re not careful it can end up looking like Mutton Dressed up as Lamb. Let’s dive into the key tricks of the trade to master this delicate transformation…

Respect the Architectural Style
You can certainly modernise an older home, but the key is having the right ratios between the old and new colours, finishes and details. Too much and it will come across as an uncomfortable mismatch (ie Mutton Dressed Up As Lamb!), or too little and there won’t be enough of a contrast to make a decent difference. Explore ways to enhance the existing structure with modern elements that complement rather than clash.

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Balance Trendy and Timeless
While it’s tempting to follow the latest design trends, remember that they can quickly become outdated. Instead, strive for a balance between trendy and timeless elements. This approach will keep your home looking current, yet enduring.

Coordinate Colours Wisely
A well-considered exterior colour scheme can make or break your modernising efforts. Avoid using too many colours or ones that clash with the existing house. Instead, choose hues that harmonise with each other and blend seamlessly with the environment.

Don’t Neglect the Roof
The roof is a significant aspect of your home’s exterior appeal. Ignoring it during your modernisation project could be a costly mistake. Whether it’s choosing a colour that complements the rest of your home or ensuring necessary repairs are carried out, a well-maintained roof contributes significantly to the overall aesthetic and value of your home.

Invest in Quality
Skimping on materials to save costs may seem appealing, but it often leads to frequent repairs and replacements. I always recommend investing in durable, high-quality materials that will not only enhance your home’s look but also its longevity. If necessary and possible (always possible!), make fewer changes, but at higher quality.

Include Landscaping in Your Plans
Landscaping is an integral part of your home’s exterior. Overlooking it can result in an incomplete or neglected appearance. Therefore, ensure your garden, driveway, and any outdoor areas are considered in your modernisation plans.

You can bring a modern edge to your home when you consider the above. When in doubt, remember that exterior design professionals like us are here to guide you through the process, helping you dodge costly mistakes and achieve a result that you’ll be proud to call home.

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