Ask the Expert: I have a colonial two-story home, but would like to make it feel more modern without doing a major remodel. What do you suggest?

If you’re on a budget, there are a few simple changes you can make to update your home, while respecting the original architecture. Swapping out traditional items such as lighting, hardware (cabinets and doors), or plumbing fixtures can be a cost-effective way to blend in modern elements. Doors can easily be refitted with new modern hardware, and using a dark paint on wood trim, baseboards, and railings will instantly update these elements. If your budget allows, you may want to consult a designer or remodeler about swapping out your dated cabinets for modern cabinetry. Also, if you don’t want to go too modern, you can use traditional materials in an unexpected way. For example, instead of running white subway tile horizontally in a brick pattern on your backsplash, you can install it vertically.

Lynne Shears, ASID, AIA Allied
Senior Designer
White Crane Construction

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