What do you think of when you hear the term ‘modern decor’? Clean lines, stripped back spaces and neutral colours all spring to mind - in a word, simplicity. Contemporary interior design is all about keeping accessories and colours to a minimum, and letting your room sing. Refer back to this idea throughout your room planning, to ensure you don’t let yourself get carried away with too many colours or ideas. If simplicity is important to you, it might be worth considering going for some simple roller blinds in your window.
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Ban the clutter
Minimalism is the name of the game in modern homes, so achieving this should be your central aim. Storage - particularly storage with a solid front such as with cupboards and drawers - is a key facet of modern interiors, so ensure you build this into your room plan. However, nothing beats paring down on ornaments and accessories before you begin. Decluttering not only minimises storage requirements, but also makes keeping a tidy room much easier long-term.
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Modern homes tend to rely on smooth and lustrous materials, such as glass, metal or even marble. Wooden furnishings (such as our wooden venetian blinds) should be neatly finished - such as with engineered wooden flooring or varnished furniture. For a little warmth and character, warm these up with contrasting, ultra-textured soft furnishings such as sheepskin rugs or velvet cushions.
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The modern decor style embraces quality over quantity, so employ a single key piece over several equivalent items. Choose a large piece of one-off wall art rather than a Scandi-style picture display, single lamps over scattering fairy lights, and wall-to-wall furniture over several neighbouring pieces. This helps keep the room simple and minimal in line with the modern style.
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Furniture tends to incorporate clean lines and a ‘block’ form, for an understated impression. Curves and ornate embellishment are out, as are ruffles and pleats. Look for highly structured pieces and choose furniture with metal elements. A lustrous surface such as glass is often a key part of a modern home interior, although matt-finish surfaces can also be used.
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