A 21st-century person deserves a 21st century home that will not only satisfy their basic needs but also make them feel modern, stylish and chic. However, creating such a space can be a bit hard, especially if you don’t know anything about design. But, don’t despair and check out this handy little guide to modern interior design.
Reimagine your color palette
If beige rules in your home, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and reimagine your outdated color palette. Modern spaces usually prefer neutrals like white or gray, but warm natural colors also have their place in modern design. If you give your walls and ceilings a nice neutral shade, you will create a sophisticated space and provide your furniture with a perfect backdrop. Spice up the things with a few splashes of bold color that will break the monotony and give your room some character. Basically, no matter how small you go, when you have a neutral background, your color will pop and leave a big impression.
Add comfort with modern seating
When talking about modern seating, many people imagine uncomfortable chairs and weird couches. However, modernity is all about real comfort without any fuss and unnecessary complications. So, ditch your overly ornate furniture set and introduce some low and comfy sofas and armchairs to your space. Choose simple yet natural materials and neutral colors for the bigger pieces, but feel free to spice things up with chairs or side tables. You might be tempted to invest in a full furniture set, but don’t be too matchy-matchy. Furniture pieces that don’t match yet complement each other is where it’s at (think a classic Eames-style lounge paired with a modern low sofa).
Blinds and drapes as a window treatment
If you’re tired of your regular curtains and want something fresh and new, why not opt for a stylish set of drapes or blinds. This window treatment is similar to curtains, but drapes are lined with fabric heavy and thick enough to block out light and heat. Thanks to this feature, many people love them in their bedrooms and living rooms, especially in places with very hot climates like Australia’s. Another excellent window treatment for hot weather is blinds. They have a very modern look, are super practical and can transform a room in seconds. You can find stylish venetian blinds in Sydney on every other window and they come in very handy in the summer. They block the harsh sun, but still let plenty of light inside for comfortable daily activities. Plus, they are inexpensive and super easy to install and maintain (dust them weekly and you’re set).
An attractive focal point
Every well-designed space needs a star that will attract extra attention and set the tone of the space. So, make sure to give one of your architectural elements, furniture pieces, fixtures or artwork a status of a focal point. No matter if it’s a fireplace, an accent chair or a large canvas painting, your focal piece will give your modern space a luxurious look and a unique vibe.
And by that, we don’t mean shoving in as many gadgets and electronics as you can. Technology should work with the space and not disturb its aesthetics. Streamlined flat-screen televisions, built-in DVD and music players and computers tied into a space design is your safest approach. Keep your lines clean and sharp and you’ll create a perfectly modern and stylish environment.
You don’t have to be an art enthusiast to have an attractive piece of art in your home. A single large painting or an eye-catching sculpture will add a touch of modernity and luxury to your space in a matter of seconds. However, don’t fill up your space with too much art, otherwise, you’re risking achieving kitsch rather than a chic feel. Don’t let your art compete with each other, but let each piece have a righteous place in your modern home.
As you can see, only a few design changes are keeping you from a modern home of your dreams. So, create your plan of attack and get remodeling now!
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Robert Clayton is a blogger with a degree in engineering based in Sydney. His interests and passions include DIY, green technologies and home improvement. He also loves good food, music, dogs and enjoys spending time by the ocean. He’s a regular contributor for Smooth Decorator, An Australian Home improvement website.