Every interior theme has its own unique charm and it goes without saying that a contemporary style interior is at the height of fashion at the moment, with the style changing all the time to keep up with the demands of the modern age. At the moment, it’s all about the clean spaces and minimalist décor, so let’s have a look at some of the ways you can achieve this look in your own home.
Of course, we’re always going to start with flooring. It can make or break a room and is usually the first thing that you notice when you walk into a room as well as being disruptive and expensive to change, so if you’re having a complete renovation then it’s a good place to start! We’d stay away from too much pattern, such as patterned carpets – remember you’re trying to make a clean fresh-looking space. Instead go for wood, laminate or Luxury Vinyl Tiles which are more associated with modern homes due to their smooth clean finishes. Although wood flooring is often thought of as old fashioned, its popularity has come back and many homeowners are opting for it. It has a timeless elegance that goes with pretty much all interior themes. Coming in many finishes, wood types and colours – with a contemporary look in mind, we’d go for one that has calmed knots and grains to really enhance a clean-cut and neutral look.
If you’re on a stricter budget however, laminate and LVT come in very convincing imitations of natural products that often it’s hard to tell them apart from the real thing!
Neutrals such as whites, magnolias and creams are always a good bet, but can be considered as a bit of a ‘cop out’! so don’t feel like you’re restricted to something simple, you can certainly make a statement with a feature wall or bold colours – just don’t overdo it, it’s all about balance!
Metallic light fixtures fit in perfectly with a contemporary interior – you’re almost trying to get an industrial feel. Remember as well, lighting isn’t just about white light, experiment with different colours such as blues and greens – it doesn’t need to be the same colour throughout either, with many homeowners opting for something different in each of their rooms. Spotlights are cropping up more and more – particularly lighting up a feature like a painting or ornament.
If you’re really wanting to embrace this theme, then matte black or shiny silver lamps boast a modern slick look.
The most important thing to remember when trying to get a modern interior is that less is more, avoid clutter where possible in favour of clear surfaces and walls! Open space is just as important as the objects you might put in them. If you are a fan of pictures and ornaments then that’s fine – just avoid lots of little pieces, fewer larger objects work much better.
Don’t think that your interior needs to look uninviting and cold to really get this look – we all need our interior comforts! Place a fluffy or wool rug over your wood floors, throws over your sofas, install a wood burner. Plants never go amiss either, adding a touch of the natural world into your home.
We hope some of these ideas have gotten your contemporary ideas going. The best way to get a real feel is look at pictures, ask your friends how they got their interior beautifully modern, there’s a whole world of ideas out there!
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