This article was published on March 7th, 2020
We’ve all seen it; the amazingly aesthetically pleasing, modern dream house that seems to be the hallmark of the 21st century. A modern living space makes you feel comfortable and sophisticated. Investing in a modern home is one of the quickest ways to make you feel like you’re actually adulting – that and folding your laundry. Modernizing your space can feel challenging and a bit overwhelming because it is expensive and tests your interior decorating skills. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Anybody can become a modern interior designer affordably; you just need to know some of the rules of modern interior design.
Minimalism Is The Key
The basis of modern design lies in reducing clutter. It is in many ways, the antithesis of traditional design. You want to invest in emphasizing clean lines and simple colors. These tend to expand a space by drawing the eye, especially when paired with an open floor plan. Reduce the clutter to not interfere with the flow of the lines.
A key feature of modern design is its use of strong shapes, like rectangles and squares (squares are technically rectangles). You want to prioritize a shape that gives your place a bit of continuity. This serves not only to pull your space together, but it also helps to make the wonky sculpture you have standout.
Contrast Your surroundings
Another key tenant of modern design is to break up the flow. Modern design is as much about continuity as it is breaking up continuity. This is what is responsible for the striking feeling we get when we’re in a well-designed space. A black island in an all-white kitchen can be just the thing to make the room subtly dramatic. Contrast doesn’t just have to be in the form of color. A chair with curves can become your center piece if it is surrounded by furniture or fixtures with hard lines. Think outside the box and be creative with this rule.
Invest in Finishes
A saying that really works well in the realm of modern design is, “the devil is in the details”. The reason the minimalistic furniture and cabinets always seem to be so amazing is because they have amazing finishes. The finish not only protects your furniture, but it brings it to life and emphasizes its unique properties.
Another rule of modern design, is that it should appear to be purposeful. This is a general rule of all fashion. Incidentally ripped jeans means you’re sloppy, but purposefully ripped jeans paired with crisp shoes, means you’re fashionable. Visitors to your space should be able to tell that you made a decision to make it look this way. This truly does make all the difference between a well-designed space and just something thrown together.
Pick Interesting Fixtures
Your fixtures and fastenings are the highlights of your furniture. You can replace the default fixtures on most furniture very affordably to make it lose its out of the box feel and feel like it has been customized to suit your space. This plays well into the rule of purposeful design as well. If you really don’t know what to pick, you can always fall back on the old standby of polished metal. Polished metal paired with minimalistic features instantly cultivates a modern design aesthetic.
However you choose to design your space, remember to fall back on these simple rules, and you will easily have a modern design home. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does have to be you, so remember to have fun with it.