When you think of modern décor, you may think of hard lines and a black and white color palette. This sub-set of the popular décor trend is simple and beautiful but is only one way of applying a modern aesthetic. Check out these other applications and choose your style of modern.
1. Urban modern
As mentioned in the intro, this décor is anchored in hard lines, a neutral color palette, and minimal clutter. The walls are primarily neutral—black and white, but with a few bold color accents. Other primary colors such as blue, yellow, and red truly pop in this instance, but be sure to only use a little in order to adhere to the minimalist look.
Furniture in this style has clean lines and basic shapes. Urban designers also adorn spaces with decorative accents such as pillows, mirrors, and end tables that have elegant geometric designs with traditional embellishment.
2. Shabby chic
The aim of this design style is to blend features of contemporary designs with the scruff and rugged finish of the 70s and 80s.
To accomplish this, the focus is on craft elements like distressed furnishings, floral prints, and a pale color palette. To finish it off, add in some vintage, linen fabrics, wall hangings, and light fixtures made from organics rather than metal or glass.
Unlike most vintage décor styles, this application has a unique focus on creating a more feminine, soft, and delicate look and feel, particularly through its use of fabrics. As of the furnishings, this design leans towards distressed, seemingly aged finish, with a unique antique touch.
This style is perfect if you’re planning to do some home remodeling. It’s characterized by more open spaces, plenty of light, plenty of wood, and unbelievably creative layouts. Although there are tons of artificial light fixtures, this design optimizes natural light sources such as bigger than normal windows and strategically positioned exterior doors. The lighting is further enhanced with neutral colors and metal accent pieces.
Contemporary designers create more fluid designs; styles that keep pace with the ever-evolving trends. That is to mean that they don’t over-depend or dwell too much on a specific style. However, space remains as the common denominator in most of these designs. Designers are knocking down walls and creating vast spaces that are super open and airy. Elegance is overemphasized in this style, with intricate details kept to a minimum.
4. British colonial
This style creates a look that evokes a bygone era that was gentle and elegant, while at the same time appearing relaxed and comfortable. The beautifully aged nut brown and tan leather trunks of the 1940s, for example, are back, and so are their brass buckles and clasps. These items add extra gorgeousness to this modern scheme but are also functional as storage and/or side tables. This style is also known for oversized comfortable sofas and chairs with rattan and timber side tables.
British colonial décor is also characterized by exotic textiles that display local scenes, flora and fauna, and animal prints. The design also emphasizes greenery, which is injected into indoor spaces via large indoor plants. Enhance this style by adding chalky white walls, dark timber paneling, billowing white drapes, and dark brown shutters. All these create a synthetically appealing tonal variation; it gives your home a classic, unique look.
This design represents an elusive style that traverses numerous styles, both current and traditional. It is defined by limited use of accessories, use of impactful art as focal points, as well as curved furnishings with straight-lined lacquered finishes. This type of design has seen increased demand by people who are keen on mixing modern and antique furniture. However, to apply this type of design, you must be careful, to achieve a well-blended look.
To accomplish this blended look, first, try to remain natural in terms of colors. Second, mix up some elements such as wood, fabric, or metal. Third, don’t add too many accessories because they will simply confuse your eye. Forth, when using art, it’s better to use something bigger on the wall rather than small tiny pieces that only load up the wall unnecessarily.
Green color has always been a perfect decoration for our homes, and it continues to be one. If you have already made up your mind about the wall colors, then the ideal green add-on solution would be adding plants. Plants, beyond their value as natural air-purifiers, are perfect decorative accessories that would match with any type of décor style. Nowadays, there are thousands of indoor plants that are easy to take care of and offer fabulous texture. Now, even if you don’t have a lot of windows to expose them to sunlight, you can use an LED Grow Light to give your plants the light they need.
There are many ways to do modern, many of which we didn’t cover in our top 5 list, but at least you have a number to try out. It’s your space, and you should make it your own with décor that speaks to you. Have fun decorating!
About the author: Anda Warner is a certified architect as well as a writer for different websites. She is young and ambitious, with a degree in architecture. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and create their perfect sweet home. She puts a big effort into working with her clients and tries to help them in the best way she can.