ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Make a Home Look Modern: Decorating for Beginners

Updated on May 25, 2017

When I first moved into my new house, I was excited. I loved the house, we could turn it into five bedrooms and we could re-decorate.

For years I had the same brown suede couch, the same oval wooden coffee table, and the same traditional style that was borderline country. There’s nothing wrong with a country look, but I was ready for something different. I wanted something modern. Something out of the magazines.

The problem was, I have never re-decorated anything with a style in mind, so this took a bit of research, a little bit of thought, and some planning.

These are the easiest ways to transition from a country style to modern.

Geometrical Shapes

Pick a shape and go with it. I went with squares. I switched my traditional, wooden coffee table out for a nice, rectangle glass one, complete with a square candle garden. Then, there is a rug with geometrical shapes underneath the coffee table to complete the look. This might not be for everyone, though.

There are more ways than one to include modern, geometrical shapes into a home. Switch out old dishes for modern, square dishes. Picking up a few pieces of wall art will do the trick too. Simply putting a few new decorative pillows on the couch that feature squares or circles will help transform a living room. Stay away from a checkered pattern as this can appear more country than modern.


There is something about mirrors that instantly seems to say modern and chic. Pick up some gorgeous framed mirrors for a luxurious modern look, or stick to a budget by heading to the nearest department store for some mirrors that simply stick to the wall. Those are available in every shape, from circles to hearts.

As a bonus, using more mirrors can create the illusion of more space, so this will work out perfect in smaller apartments.


Modern isn’t just about geometric shapes and picking out the perfect wall art. It’s also about functionality. Instead of filling up a home with clutter from floor to ceiling or putting twenty pictures on the wall, minimize things.

Throw the extra tables that have no use in the yard sale pile and stick with a few key pieces of wall art instead of several pieces. When homes don’t look cluttered, they instantly look more stylish, and homeowners are that much closer to their home looking like one of those gorgeous centrefolds in a magazine.

Fun Accent Colors

Accent colors are what really make a home shine. Right now, my favorite color combination is black and baby blue. The baby blue is the accent color, and I love the contrast it has against black, like my black leather couch. For the most part, however, lighter colors are not considered modern. I think it works in my home because of the contrast and other modern accents, but it can also give off a traditional feel if not done correctly.

For lighter furniture, go with a brighter accent color that will really stand out, like cyan, red or yellow. Placing a few vibrant pillows on the couch or vases on the table in that happy accent color will add a modern touch to any room.

Go with Glass

Adding a bit of glass to any room will help create an airy feel that goes hand in hand with a modern style. It doesn’t matter whether it is a coffee table, end table or even a dining room table, it will instantly color coordinate with everything in the room, and it will make it appear more modern. As a bonus, you can do this for under 100 dollars. Depending on the piece you want, you might be able to find something at a local thrift store for under 20 bucks.

Say No to Patterns

Other than modern patterns and geometrical shapes, just stay away from patterns. If you don’t know whether you should go with a certain pattern or not, just say no. Those fuzzy pillows may look adorable, and that intricate damask rug may be pretty, but it can also look like something your grandmother would buy.

If solid colors sound a bit too boring, stick with shapes and do an online search for some contemporary artwork. You’ll be happy and your home will still look modern.

Overall, transitioning a home from traditional to modern just takes a little thought and planning. Take some tips from this blog, and then keep on looking. There is a way to transform every home into a modern, chic living space that is worthy of its own magazine centrefold.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Angel198625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Lynn 

      3 years ago

      My living room doesn't have a closet either. It has a sectional couch, an entertainment stand with a television, etc. on it, a coffee table and an inversion table in it. I like it :)

    • Magicality LM profile image

      Magicality LM 

      3 years ago

      It's always unfortunate that decoration examples always feature clean, sterile living rooms. Example: The purple one doesn't have a single closet ... You'd have to try that at home.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)