Interior Design Ideas that Complement a Fresh Home Remodel

Interior Design Ideas to Complement a Fresh Home Remodel

Guest post by Max Shafer

Homeownership requires active maintenance in order to ensure that the property retains a viable place at the forefront of potential buyers’ minds. As such, regular renovations and remodeling projects are necessary to keep your home up-to-date with contemporary trends.

When planning your next home remodel, consider the following interior design ideas to optimize the look of the updated space. 

Replace the Carpet with Hard Options

While carpet has long been a popular flooring material thanks to its variety of colors and the low initial cost of installation, contemporary homeowners realize that the significant resources required to clean, maintain, and replace carpet make it more trouble than it is worth.  

As a result, durable options, such as engineered hardwood and luxury vinyl plank flooring, are increasingly being included as part of remodeling projects. Not only do these products give the interior of a home an elegant finish, but they make cleaning and replacement much easier, with click-lock installation a breeze for DIY renovations.

Give the Walls a Finished Look

The most minor touches can go a long way when redesigning an interior space. While the remodeling project will undoubtedly feature freshly-painted walls, they might go unnoticed if not highlighted in the proper context.

Therefore, consider some elements of contrast to make the walls’ fresh features stand out. Ideas such as a shiplap wall, crown molding, door trim, and wainscoting are a few examples of ways you can optimize the appearance of your remodeled walls. In addition to providing a more finished look, such touches can even help make cozy areas feel more spacious. 

Eliminate Clutter

It is not exactly a secret that the open concept is all the rage in contemporary home design. Tearing down walls and installing oversized windows to allow the flow of natural light keeps interior spaces open and inviting while reducing a home’s dependence on electric light. 

Therefore, any complementary interior design projects should be undertaken with this trend in mind. Fortunately, as technology has reduced society’s dependence on “stuff,” many of these projects are easy to accomplish. Some examples include:

  • Replacing large, dark office desks and bookcases in exchange for sleeker, light-reflecting surfaces as a home for your computer screen
  • Removing cumbersome dining room chairs in exchange for stools and open-back seating to go around kitchen islands
  • Foregoing full-scale entertainment centers to feature wall-mounted televisions

Prioritize Space for Home Offices and Workout Areas

Even if you do not work from home and are not a gym aficionado, a major motivation of any home remodeling project is to increase resale value. With this in mind, there is no way that your home can reach its full resale potential on the current market without accommodating these spaces. 

With the COVID-19 pandemic irrevocably changing the workplace and gym culture, contemporary buyers are looking at homes as both a residence and place of business. Any features that you can add, such as glass wall partitions to allow parents to keep an eye on their children while working or working out, acoustic ceiling tiles to absorb the transfer of unwanted noise, and nonporous surfaces on counters and built-in office fixtures to streamline the cleaning process will be highly appealing to the work-from-home market.


In order to keep your home relevant in a competitive real estate market, it is important that you stay up-to-date on contemporary renovation and design trends. Therefore, when planning your next home remodel, be sure to include the latest ideas in interior design to maximize the project. Using hard flooring options, adding finishing to the walls, eliminating clutter, and designing specified office and workout spaces are great ways to make your home stand out in 2021 and beyond.  

Max Shafer is a contributor to the Innovative Building Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and interior design. Max is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value, improve sustainability, and create a warm and welcoming ambiance.