Contemporary home style makes use of some aesthetic elements that can be incorporated in more functional design to create a distinctive look. The common themes that you can find in most modern homes include functionality, purpose, clarity, and clean lines. These spaces make judicious use of space to create economy and balance. These include modern accessories that serve to hide the blemishes and enhance the advantages of space.
Here are some of the key aspects of modern, minimalistic decor that you should know about:
As the world is becoming more environmentally conscious, the frequent use of eco-friendly products is a more recent development. As people become more and more aware of their role as stewards of the environment, they become more conscious about choosing only products and accessories that are good for the environment. One factor that resulted in the mainstream use of green products is that they’ve become less expensive over the years. Previously, it wouldn’t have been practical to be investing in eco-friendly products because of how costly they were.
Clutter is the antithesis of modern living. This means that design, furniture, and modern accessories should not be a distraction. Instead, they should flow within and around the space. Loud pieces are reduced to the minimum. They are not meant to shock but rather to provide some sense of comfort. One word that comes to mind is utilitarian—which doesn’t always mean simple, but also functional. The absence of conspicuous electrical cords is also part of the clean design.
Modern interior design is also characterized by neutral or subtle colors. There is a lot of white, black, brown, and gray on the walls, floors, and ceiling. The soft palette extends to the furniture, drawers, cabinetry, and other details. However, you can also mix it up with loud colors in order to create texture or highlight a space. The use of a lot of natural light is also one of the features of a contemporary home.
Those who watch a lot of HGTV shows will recognize the term “open concept.” One word that you will likely hear regarding modern homes is “flow.” The living room flows to the kitchen and the kitchen flows to the backyard or a patio. There’s a certain rhythm to the whole space that still speaks volumes about the purpose and functionality. Any object or material, including a whole wall, that is superfluous should not be there.
Modern living is all about balance. This doesn’t always mean harmony, of course. It can also mean tension just like when you marry metal and wood together or the rustic with the industrial. At first glance, a contemporary space looks simple, but when you look close enough, you can spot a lot of details that you may not have noticed before. That is how you achieve balance: nothing sticks out and yet they form part of the whole space.
One advantage of modern living is, due to the minimalistic and utilitarian themes, you can work within your budget. You don’t choose furniture or modern accessories for decoration alone but rather to serve a purpose.