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How to Make an Old Home More Modern

How to Make an Old Home More Modern

Older homes have a lot of character, but they can look dated if you haven’t had interior painting services in a while or if you’ve recently moved into an older home that was never refreshed or remodeled.

Trico Painting is here to help, with interior painting tips to modernize any space in your home with a more classic, sleeker look.

How to Modernize Your Old Home

Modern Paint Colors

Paint color selection is one of the quickest ways to bring an entire area of your home up to date. We love the variety in HGTV’s list of 2021 color trends:

  • Sherwin-Williams’ Urbane Bronze

  • HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams’ Passionate

  • HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams’ Pale Apricot

  • Behr's Jojoba and Broadway

  • Behr’s Kalahari Sunset and Almond Wisp

  • Valspar’s Granite Dust

  • Valspar’s Maple Leaf

  • Graham and Brown’s Epoch

  • PPG’s Transcend

  • PPG’s Misty Aqua

  • Benjamin Moore's Aegean Teal

  • Benjamin Moore's Chestertown Buff

  • Glidden’s Aqua Fiesta

With this range of options, there’s no reason going modern means you have to feel boxed in to only a few color choices. Modern doesn’t have to mean edgy or trendy. Many of these shades are also considered classic paint colors that will stand the test of time.

Get Rid of Popcorn Ceilings

Nothing makes you feel like you’ve been taken back in time quite like outdated interior painting techniques. Acoustic/popcorn ceilings are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to keeping home decor and paint from looking modern.

Popcorn ceiling removal involves scraping off the textured layer of the ceiling until you’re down to a smooth layer of drywall. Depending on how the popcorn ceiling was applied, multiple popcorn ceiling removal techniques may be required. Once the ceiling is completely free of texturing, repairing drywall sheets as needed or further smoothing out the surface through sanding may be necessary. Once that’s done, ceiling painting is a great choice for modernizing your home interior.

Ceiling and wall paint colors can contrast or complement, depending on which palette style most appeals to you. Or you might choose to break up a uniform room color with contrasting trim or baseboard painting. Again, it’s all a matter of taste. Any of these choices will transform the room and make it look much sleeker and much more sophisticated.

Ditch the Old Wallpaper

Similar to textured ceilings, wallpaper often sends a message: this room hasn’t been updated in far too long. Luckily, with the help of experienced local house painters, you can completely remove outdated interior wallpaper.

Experienced wallpaper removal teams can fully remove old paper and adhesive so that leftovers don’t damage new paint or finishes.

Improper removal can damage drywall, so we don’t recommend removing wallpaper yourself. Wallpaper removal also ensures there’s not moisture damage or other paint issues hiding underneath the surface. Painting contractors can help you lessen the stress and mess so you don’t have the frustration that so often comes with DIY.

Refresh Your Cabinets

One of our clients’ favorite ways to redecorate is cabinet painting. It’s a dramatic way to make a change, a great canvas for those modern colors, and much easier than rebuilds or reconstruction.

Kitchen and bathroom cabinet painting can be completed in a matter of days, with paint or natural wood finishing to make the entire space look brand new. New finishes will also strengthen surfaces, and the variety of options means any decor, art, furnishings, and appliances can be complemented well.

A Professional, Modern Touch

Trico Painting knows how important excellence is when hiring interior painters. You can count on us for expert surface repair and restoration while updating your home interior. You don’t need to compromise. Your home is your most important investment.


When we apply new finishes, your home will make a striking first impression for years to come without losing any of its character or uniqueness. Ready to get started? Don’t wait on your dream home. Contact Trico Painting about your interior painting project to get your estimate today.