A modern homeowner often feels confused when it comes to decorating his or her home in an aesthetically appealing way. With so many decor ideas and accents available nowadays, it can be a daunting task to choose the right elements for your abode. Also, you need to focus on smart utilization of space, when you are adorning your interiors for a modern and progressive look. From colors to textures, to types of showpieces, to your home’s layout – there are several aspects of home decor that need to come together for a stunning final result. So here are 11 clever tips that will help your modern home to stand out and leave a lasting impression.
The idle space under your staircase can be put to good use if you are creative about it. Create an indoor garden as shown here, with pebbles, house plants and decorative lights. Or place a mini bar underneath the stairs, build shelves into this space, or you can even design a compact home office here with a sleek table and chair.
Why leave your walls plain and boring? At least one of them can accommodate open or closed shelves or a mix of both as you see in this living room. These shelves can hold artefacts, books, family photos, decorative candles and much more! And this way you can address your storage as well as aesthetic needs perfectly.
Note how the elegant and clear glass balustrade of the staircase creates a unique background for the gorgeous yellow bureau. The decorative glass table holding the bright yellow pottery is a stunner too! So bring home some glass furniture and pair it with bold artefacts or vibrant furnishing for a look that your guests won’t easily forget.
Corridors or entryways don’t have to be boring or commonplace affairs. Depending on how wide they are, you can deck these spaces with sleek cupboards, compact storage seats, wall-mounted shelves, pretty paintings and so on.
Remember that to make sufficient visual impact, a room needs contrasting elements – be it walls, furnishing, shelves or doors. For instance, this elegant living room features a sleek white staircase against a dark grey wall for contrast. The gleaming black accent wall holding the TV, fireplace and bookshelves also offers suitable contrast against the white walls and ceiling. The white couch and the patterned red rug have been chosen carefully too, keeping the importance of contrasts in mind.
To make your interiors eye-catching, you don’t always need to put up a large painting or set up a large sculpture. Small decorative pieces can intrigue the eye as well as the senses too. This simple sideboard for instance is decked with a small statue, a lighted bell jar, a piece of blue pottery and a large vase full of flowering branches. And all these come together to concoct an exclusive visual treat.
The modern decor scene is currently a worshipper of minimalism, and it can be refreshing for your home to follow such a no-fuss style. Simple, no-frill furnishing, clean design lines, neat in-built cabinets and a neutral colour palette as adopted by this bedroom are extremely minimalistic in nature. Bring this look home easily to celebrate a simple but elegant lifestyle.
Introduce openness in your interiors by integrating your living room, dining room and kitchen seamlessly. It will make your abode look more spacious, and enhance cross-ventilation for a bright, airy feel. The stylish open plan layout shown here was rendered by the architects at Roberta Danisi Architetto.
The entryway of your home is where you get the chance to create an unforgettable first impression on your guests. So accentuate its beauty with soft and trendy lights or pretty lamps, a sleek sideboard, some flowers, or an elegant mirror. You can also create an accent wall for the entryway by painting it in a different shade, adorning it with wallpaper, or going for smart patterns like the stripes shown here.
In-built cabinets or shelves can not only hold myriad household essentials, but can also house appliances like the television, fridge, microwave etc. This will create a sleek and neat look for your home, and save on precious floor space. Add small and soothing lights to these shelves or niches for an aesthetically charming appearance.
Incorporating stone or natural wood in your home can look extremely stylish and unique. After all, merging rustic decor with modern design styles is very much the trend at the moment. The stone wall in this dining space for instance makes a fashion statement like none other, and goes amazingly well with the long and solid wooden table. The simple but chic chairs bring in a modern touch here, to balance the rustic appeal.
You are now all set to give your abode the touches and elements it needs to look and feel contemporary and smart. Pick your favourite ideas from here, mix in a dose of your creativity, and watch your home become the cynosure of all eyes in seconds! For more ideas, check out another ideabook - 7 decor tips for the most stunning home!