How to Modernize a Traditional Home

How to Modernize a Traditional Home

October 19, 2018

How to Modernize a Traditional Home 

Here in New England, we’re familiar with traditional architecture. With nearly 400 years of settlement behind us, our area is home to a rich history of residential architecture. From Colonial and Georgian to Greek Revival and Victorian, our collection of older architectural styles is more varied than any other part of the country. 

Just because we have a plethora of older homes, doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate modern style, too. In fact, we work with many designers and homeowners who come to us for stone and surfacing materials such as marblegranite, quartz and more that will help them update and modernize the look of their home-- and it’s not always from strictly a style standpoint. Often upgrades are being made with function in mind as well. So, whether you’re remodeling an older home or trying to infuse contemporary style into a new Colonial, here are some tips to consider: 

Keep the Balance
Unless your home is on the National Register of Historic Places, you probably don’t want your home to feel like it belongs in another era. Keeping the balance between traditional and modern home décor is important. Think “transitional.” This is a term that interior designers use to reflect a space that blends elements of classic style with contemporary. The focus of transitional design is on comfort and practicality. It’s all about meeting the lifestyle requirements of an active household. 

Here’s a great example of balancing out the traditional and modern from Clarke Appliance Showrooms. Classic ceiling beams, Shaker cabinetry, and a marble backsplash combine perfectly with stainless steel appliances and modern furniture. Image via Houzz.
Stick with Solids
Too much pattern can feel like your great-grandmother’s house. Solid colors say “modern.’ Keep pattern to a minimum and add texture in the form of metals and finishes. Countertops and flooring are one area where you can infuse a bit of modernity. While marbles and granites are classic building materials, they can feel modern, too. Stick with a neutral color palette or a color that’s subtle. Monochromatic looks also feel more up-to-date. Consider a dreamy slab of Crema Marfil marble or Absolute Black granite

Add the Unexpected
Whether it’s adding a piece of modern furniture (think Lucite chairs or side tables) painting a bold accent wall, incorporating floor to ceiling stone, or installing a boldly colored or patterned backsplash or tub surround, adding an element of the unexpected helps a space feel fresh and modern. 

Covering a backsplash on three sides is an unexpected twist. This project uses ultra-thin Neolith surfacing. Not only is it super thin and light which makes transportation and fabrication easier (it can be installed right over another surface) but it’s also stain, scratch, chip, heat, cold, and UV-resistant. Read more about Neolith here:

Our natural stone and surfacing experts here at Marble & Granite, Inc. welcome the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas with you. Whether you’re working on updating an older home or designing a new one, they’re happy to provide suggestions, advice, and guidance through the natural stone purchasing process. Give us a call at 877 39 STONE or schedule a consultation. We look forward to seeing you! 


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