One of the most popular decorating styles in play today all around the world is modern or contemporary. Generally, these two words are interchangeable and both should paint a picture in your mind of a home that is crisp, clean and has a great artistic feel to it. Here are some of the things you need to pay attention to when you are employing modern or contemporary decor.
One of the staples of modern decor is open space. Think of an art gallery. There is not a lot of clutter, just special items spaced out around the room with plenty of space to appreciate each and every thing that has been given its space. This is what modern decor should do as well.
Pastels are out if you are decorating in modern or contemporary styling. Modern decor is meant to be bold and make a statement while at the same time maintaining a crisp, clean and almost institutional look. For the most part this relies on white and black with a splash of color like a vibrant purple, orange or red to get the attention of those who walk into the space.
When it comes to modern furniture, the idea is to have pieces of furniture that do their job. That is the entire focus of modern furniture - function over form. That does not mean they are not attractive pieces, but the initial creation of the piece is for the functionality of the piece, not for ‘looks’.
When choosing furniture pieces you should stick to items made of metals, glass or white and black woods or materials.
No modern or contemporary home is complete without a bit of art. After all, what good is a home that looks like a gallery without a few gallery pieces to peruse? You should always have a few special focal point pieces of art in your home to make it clear that you know art and appreciate it enough to give it plenty of space in your modern decor plans.
The final thing you need to take into consideration when creating your modern home is the lighting that is being used in the home. No matter how many beautiful pieces of furniture and artwork you buy and put into place in the house, it will not ever look quite right if you don't have great lighting to show it off. From tract lighting to targeted lights and even modern chandeliers, you should make sure you have plenty of lighting options in place so you will always have the lighting you need to get the job done.
Creating a modern home is an enjoyable, yet detail heavy task. While in other homes you can always add something more to go with the look, in modern homes less is more, meaning much more care must be taken in selecting each and every item so you know they are adding to your overall feel and theme and at the same time not taking away from it by adding clutter.
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