Giving a room a completely new look can prove to be a substantial amount of work; many people would choose to completely redecorate, replacing old wallpaper and flooring to source a more modern appearance. This does not necessarily have to be the case; there are ways and means by which you can add a more modern look to your home without breaking the bank.
Take a Step Back
Spend a moment thinking about what areas of your home are seriously outdated; if your living room houses features such as unmistakably outdated wallpaper and carpets then it may be hard to avoid removing these if you truly wish to create a 21st century home. Aside from this, many of the old or outdated features that decorate your home are easily replaceable (sentimental items should not be included here; photos can be reframed and items put into storage), furniture and decorative pieces usually give a good indication of what sort of theme you are trying to express, so use this to your advantage and choose modern models to accent the room with.
Rooms with Potential
Some rooms are much more effective when trying to express modern design, due to the nature of the items you can include. For example, bathrooms are often a fantastic place to showcase your knowledge of modern interior design as you can add excessive amounts of black and chrome without it appearing out of place. Modern, minimalist shower heads are trending in recent years, available with thin heads with a large surface area; these fittings make for a more fulfilling shower as well as adding character and style to the room.
Kitchens apply here too; except in these rooms you can add more vibrant colours effectively. Similar chrome textures can be added here in the form of modern kitchen taps, toasters, kettles, and blinds. Adding dashes of chrome around the room is a great way to create a modern look without going overboard.
The idea here is to add features which can add heaps of modern style without spending too much on a complete overhaul of your home; look for modern accessories for affordable prices. Most home furnishing stores will keep up to date with trends in interior design and provide cheaper alternatives to expensive items which will without a doubt give the same or similar effect as their pricier counterpart.
Look for interesting ornaments that adhere to the colour code of each room and be sure to be consistent with the style you choose.