If you’re tired of the way your home is looking at this moment and you’re looking to change things up a bit, we’d say it’s time for a redecoration project to make your home feel more modern! However, with so many design styles that come and go as fast as the seasons change, it can be quite difficult to determine what style you want to go with for your interior.
If you don’t want to change your interior as often as “the hottest new trends” are changing but you’re more looking to design a space with a bit more elegance, you should definitely consider going for a modern elegant vibe. While many people mistake the term “modern” with “contemporary” this style actually has (almost) nothing to do with following the latest trends. Instead, it focuses more on some evergreen design elements that will turn your abode into a true oasis of elegance. Here are some interesting ideas on how you can infuse this style into your space.
Clean lines reign supreme
Since the modern design actually originates from modernism, and modernism was all about rejecting elaborate and ornate designs and patterns, it becomes quite obvious why this design style favors clean and straight lines. That’s precisely why most of the elements that can be found in the modern design feature clean straight lines with minimal or no additional ornaments. Unlike the contemporary design that’s more about curves and swirls, modern design’s lines are straight, sharp and crispy. Mission style and Shaker style furniture is probably the best fit for a space that features a modern design.
The use of metal for a polished look
Metal also plays a huge role in modern interior design. However, unlike the traditional wrought iron pieces, the modern design is more in favor of stainless steel and chrome pieces. Their polished surfaces not only look cleaner and sleeker but they also make the space appear bigger and brighter due to their property of bouncing the light off. These metals are commonly featured on furniture pieces, such as the exposed parts of sofa frames or the coffee table legs, which adds more visual depth to the said pieces.
Details that count require attention
Since the modern design is all about the clean aesthetics which doesn’t leave too much room for error, you need to make sure that every single element is in accordance with the rest of the design. When it comes to decorating, the devil truly lies in the details, which is why you need to ensure that the details follow the main theme of the space. That’s why aside from making sure that you’ve chosen the right furniture and finishes, you want to ensure that you replace your old door handles with high-quality door handles as well, to avoid creating a space that looks too random or mismatched. Finally, check your drawer and cabinet handles as well and try to have them feature the same vibe.
Lack of clutter brings out the elegance
Another integral part of the modern design is minimalism and minimalism simply doesn’t do well with clutter. While clutter can mean many different things to many different people, here it doesn’t just refer to mess but accessories as well. And we’re not talking just about the little knick-knacks you’d use as décor – actually, you should also limit the number of rugs, throw pillows and blankets and other unnecessary décor pieces. As for the items that you actually need, but don`t use all the time, such as books, electronics and similar, it would be best if you kept them out of sight in a self storage unit. Also, try to group and hide any electronic cables as they create a visual mess and can look quite unattractive.
Bold accent colors bring in personality
Finally, since modern interiors are usually very scarce in color and most commonly feature a very monochromatic color scheme, you can use some bold accent hues to break off the visual monotony. Primary colors are usually the favorite choice as they bring in more personality without actually hindering the elegant vibe. However, avoid using them too much or too often as in that case, all of your efforts will be in vain.
Changing up your interior every once in a while will offer you the opportunity to fall in love with your space over and over again. However, when doing so, make sure you go with a more elegant, stylish and luxurious design to avoid having to change it as soon as the new “hot” trend pops up.