Modern home decorating is often thought of as a design style that is cold and impersonal, but if your taste leans towards contemporary you can have a warm home full of modern style! Here are some modern decorating ideas for any budget.
Warm Modern Decorating Guidelines
Clean away all your clutter and unnecessary furniture. When trying to create a modern look of simplicity, its easiest to start with a clean slate.
Keep or buy furniture that has simple, linear lines.
Take a photo of your room, and look at it through the eyes of a camera. You may never notice that cluttered table top or that you have too many chairs in a room until you see it through the objective lens of a camera. This is a great tool decorators use to “see” a room.
Use simple color schemes for your modern home decorating. White or neutral walls work well for decorators new to the modern style. Add color with art and modern accessories.
Make every item in your room count. Instead of layering the room in objects and collections, use the sculptural or colorful quality of even everyday objects to make a statement.
When adding artwork and accessories, less is more. Use one larger piece rather than several smaller pieces of art. Don’t feel the need to fill every space, empty space gives the eye rest. Use colorful but simple objects to add personality to a room, and repeat them for effect.
Modern Home Decorating Ideas
Frame graphic style labels or computer printables as artwork.
Use simple objects such as candles, bud vases or small potted plants and use 5 to 7 of them in a line on a table top or mantel.
Don’t forget to use personal photos to add “life” to your rooms. Print them in black and white and frame them in simple, minimal frames. A great modern touch that adds warmth is to use oversize mat borders with ordinary b&w family snapshots. See how ‘View Along the Way’ created their own picture frame wall!
Stretch a large piece of colorful fabric with a contemporary pattern over a canvas as a focal piece of artwork. Try this DIY project from BHG.
Plant grass seed in simple metal containers for a modern look that brings life into the room.
Use graphic or geometric patterns and small punches of color to add style, warmth and interest.
Use paint to update tables and chairs- black is always a great modern option and balances white walls and bright colors in artwork. “Sleek” is the keyword of furniture makeovers for modern home decorating.
Take down all window coverings except basic blinds or curtain panels, and try to have them match the color of the wall. Keep it simple.
Update your lighting. This trick alone can freshen your look and make the whole room look more upscale. Simple drum shades, using spray paint to update lamp bases or pendants lamps, or trying a DIY light fixture are all good choices for the budget decorator.
Keep in mind that with modern home decorating less is more, but that doesn’t mean cold. Use these decorating ideas to help you achieve a simple, stress free style for any room of your home!Image Credits: Ikea, Domino, Room And Board, Paper Llamas, View Along the Way, BHG, Style at Home