Small but meaningful
There are a variety of smaller things you can do that will help give your home the modern feel you want.
Door Levers and Knobs
Tip: Be careful when selecting a modern lever so you avoid those that look nice but have sharp edges…
The reason to replace older door hinges is that they often look worn or dated and so detract from a clean modern look.
You will almost always find ball bearing hinges on an exterior door because they can handle the greater weight of those doors. While more expensive, ball bearing hinges can be a good choice for interior doors, particularly solid core doors.
Note that given their exposure to the elements, stainless steel ball bearing hinges are best for exterior doors.
Tips: Before buying hinges, make sure you know the height of your hinges and their radius.
For interior doors, a 3 ½ inch height is standard and a 5⁄8 inch radius is most common. Older houses may have ¼ inch radius hinges.
Exterior hinges typically measure 4 inches in height. Again a 5⁄8 inch radius is typical.
Almost without exception, door chimes look anything but modern. So instead of an unattractive door chime projecting from the wall, consider a clean looking recessed one.
Cabinet Knobs and Pulls
Putting traditional looking knobs and pulls on slab and Shaker cabinets doors and drawers just won’t do.
Instead, think about something with a modern flair. You can also get a bit of a modern effect if you use them on traditional doors and drawers.
Floor and Baseboard Registers
While many are ornate and ill-suited for a modern look, cleaner looking examples are not hard to find.
For a bit more money, you can upgrade to wooden register covers that match your wood flooring.
The grilles covering your heating and ventilation return air ducts are also replacement candidates. For not much money you can get rid of worn and dirty grilles that detract from your new look.