As the years have progressed, interior designs have become increasingly minimalist, albeit with a slight twist. Modern décor is fortunate in that it avoids the cold, stark look that is sometimes associated with the trend and instead adopts a warm and comfortable ambience. It is bright and welcoming rather than dark and spare. There are a few specific influences that have fueled this difference, so here is what to look out for if you’re aiming to make sure your home is fashionable this year.
- Color: Monochrome and neutral colors are among the most popular choices for modern homes. When used subtly, they provide a great backdrop that can highlight bright, bold accessories that really make a statement. You can choose neutral tones on walls and floors and complementary hues for the paintwork on your doors and window frames. The modern twist on color schemes is that butterflies are very much in the frame when it comes to accessorizing and no longer confined to children’s bedrooms. You will find them on everything from kitchen containers to wallpaper. They could serve as a perfect addition to that feature wall in your neutral dining room.
- Space: One of the key elements of modern design in your home is promoting the appearance of spaciousness, hence the emphasis on painting the walls with neutral colors and making sure your furnishings do not overcrowd your rooms. Less is more in contemporary design, so the expanse of space between your furniture and wall art, for example, becomes just as significant as the items themselves.
- Light: To make the most of a sense of spaciousness, let in as much daylight as possible and choose artificial lighting that suits your space and the kind of activities carried out there. For example, use task lighting for areas where you are preparing food and cooking, reading or sewing. Ambient lighting is general lighting and should be gentle rather than harsh. The strategic positioning of mirrors will help you to soften or accentuate artificial lighting as required.
- Clean lines: Architectural lines and angles also influence perceptions in a modern home. Structural details such as exposed bricks can be highlighted by painting them in bright colors or toned down so they blend into their surroundings. Window outlines can be beautifully enhanced by replacing bulky drapes with elegant full height, tier-on-tier, or café style shutters. Strive for simplicity, and you will often find you can achieve sophistication at the same time.
- Furniture: Geometric shapes that are clean and smooth make for the best choices when it comes to your home furniture. Couches and chairs with exposed legs are fine, just like their mid-century versions, and you can forget about unnecessary skirting, fringes or tassels. Look for natural fibers in other upholstered pieces and make careful choices when furnishing your dining room. Texture is important; cotton, linen and silk are particularly in vogue.
- Flooring: Bare and smooth floors work best in the modern home. You can choose from stone, vinyl or ceramic tiles or opt for wooden floorboards. Area rugs are useful for breaking up specific sections of the floor and can be geometrically patterned or plain. If you have decided to use carpeting for soundproofing or added warmth, it should be in natural fibers that are hardwearing, such as jute or sisal.
- Kitchens: Designers generally approve of tucking appliances away when it comes to the modern kitchen. Food mixers, blenders and knife blocks all take up space on your countertops, detracting from that smooth, uncluttered, polished look you aspire to in the heart of your home. These days, designers strive to minimize anything that interferes with the architectural lines of your kitchen, and there are even retractable cooker hoods and other ingenious ways that you can make more of every inch of space you have available.
- Make your home your own: A modern home must be comfortable if you want it to serve as a genuine retreat for you and your family. The best way to ensure that this is the case is to adopt those features you are happy with and not worry about anything that doesn’t work for you. Keep in mind that interior design is about helping you make your home look sharp and fit in with your lifestyle along with that of your family. Many of the current trends are focused on decluttering, opening up space and creating an ambience in which everyone can be relaxed and content.