The Modern Design Trend
Modern design is one of the hottest trends in interior decorating right now. Part of it can be attributed to the idea that many people are getting more and more interested in the minimalist feel, which modern design feeds right into.
What is minimalist design? Simply put, it is the use of clean lines, light colours and simple furniture to give your home a very appealing and non cluttered look. For an example, you will typically find a minimalist design feel in many new and swanky hotel lobbies or restaurants.
Modern design also builds off of the minimalist look. One of the biggest keys to achieving a great modern design feel in your home is to get rid of a lot of clutter and find furniture that is simple and yet functional at the same time.
Form and Function
For a primer on how modern design looks in a home, your best bet is to actually go a bit back in time. The 1950′s and 1960′s were eras that were quite famous for having achieved this look, and much of the furniture and design today hearkens back to those times.
One of the biggest keys for achieving a modern design feel in your home is to apply the principle that the furniture you pick must have a combination of form and function.
In the simplest terms, this means that the design of the furniture is not about the aesthetics but instead focused around the use. You will not find modern furniture that has a design flair, or bits and bobs that don’t have a use.
Pick coffee tables and side tables that feature straight and clean lines. Also, ensure that the furniture that you do pick are made of materials like metal, glass or natural wood. It’s these finishes, especially combining something like wood and metal that will give a great modern pop to your living area.
Colours and Fabrics
Another hallmark of modern design is the colour palette. Generally, in most homes that feature this particular design look you are going to encounter a more muted colour scheme.
Most people, when thinking about modern design, will automatically default to using colours such as black or white and nothing else. But, those certainly do not need to be the only available options and adding accent colours will give a fresh look to an otherwise monochromatic room.
Try to avoid stark white walls or floors when you are designing your living space, and instead try to paint walls a soft grey, a light putty or even a soft brown. If you do choose to stick to a smart colour palette such as black, white and grey, then consider adding a pop of bright colour in an accent piece, such as a rug, wall art or throw pillows.
Now the accessories is where you can really have fun when decorating your living space. Since your look is going to be a modern design, it’s actually quite important that you pick accessories that have some colour, texture and shape to them.
Designers will always add in these three components when designing a room that has a minimalist or modern look and feel to it, so why not learn from the pros?
Since the modern look is all about sleek and smooth with clean lines when it comes to furniture, the accessories are the way that you are going to be able to add in bits of your own personality.
Something like a fluffy sheepskin rug on the floor is going to make a statement in your room. Couple that with some retro inspired and brightly coloured or jewel toned vases for your book shelves and suddenly your living space will start becoming much more warm and inviting.
Now that you have a good idea of exactly the types of furniture and accessories you are going to want to look at when designing your living space for a modern feel, you can get started decorating. Above all else, remember to enjoy the process and make sure to let your own personality show through!
Do you have any favorite modern furniture pieces in your own home? Let us know!