Modern Furniture

Modern Furniture 101

As the name suggests, ‘Modern Furniture’ is furniture of our times that is comfortableaffordable, and stylish to match modern tastes and perspectives.

Technically speaking, the phrase Modern Furniture refers to furniture from the latter half of the 20th century and on into contemporary styles of today.

A microscopic view of this kind of furniture reveals that designers more often than not use the phrase for furnishings manufactured in the 50s and 60s in post world war II America, and to a lesser extent in Europe. This type of furniture is quite experimental in nature; use of curvilinear shapes, integrated modular elements and understated monochromatic color schemes is common and is very different from the more traditional rounds, squares and rectangles.

When you decide on redecorating the house with modern furniture, some key things need to be kept in mind:

  • Have a game-plan ready before you even set foot inside a home furnishings store.
  • Measurements of rooms and photographs help a lot in visualizing the furniture in its final destination while shopping. Having wall paint samples and carpet may be helpful if you are looking at changing only the furniture.
  • Each element in the room has to be treated almost like a sculpture with an almost ‘museum like’ look. You can experiment with highlighting art by placing sculptures on columns or pedestals. Uncluttered furniture arrangement which forms the framework for home décor is the underlying objective.
  • Bold statements with both furniture and accessories are an apt definition for Modern Furnishing. Ruffles, florals, carved details, traditional shapes are usually a no go.
  • Selection of store is also important as furniture stores broadly fall into 4 general categories – Promotional, Medium, High End and Specialty Stores. These stores may provide you with a still wider array of styles like Traditional, Country, Early American, Shaker, Mission, Modern, Art Deco, Retro, etc. It may therefore be a good idea to give the stores a call and ask for their furniture style line-up. Unless you are fixated with the kind of furniture you want, it might be helpful to note that Modern Furniture includes styles like Southwest, Lifestyle, Lacquers, Euro-look, Retro (50’s), and Art Deco. So just go ahead and experiment!
  • While deciding on fabric, remember that Modern fabrics tend to have lots of design and color-change in their appearance. Here a degree of creativity might help in visualizing the complete set.
  • Modern accent tables may use a variety of material like metal, glass, stonework as well as wood. Choose well in order to have a synchronous furnished outcome.
  • Where lamps and accessories are concerned, remember that fine lines are a hallmark of modern look. A gaudy or heavy look is certainly not modern.
  • Mostly Modern Styles use geometric lines and well-matched colors to add an air of neatness to the whole look and feel of the room. For additional impact make sure the room(s) have lots of natural light and plenty of space. Cove lighting and washing walls with light are other options to be explored.

And lastly, do remember you’re the person who has to live with what you decide upon now. Have fun shopping!

 

Home Is Where The Heart Is But Check Here First!

Are you thinking about changing up your home living space by adding new furniture but aren’t sure what fits well in your space? Interior design can be tricky for some people, but the tips in the article below will show you how to choose the right furniture for the space that you are living in.

Make sure that you have a budget when you are planning to change the interior design of your home. It is easy to get carried away by the gorgeous draperies and decorative items that you see in home magazines. You would not want to go into big debt just to make your house look better.

In a family room, try to arrange your furniture into centers. Have a center devoted to watching television, a center devoted to reading and a center devoted to conversation with family and friends. This is a great way to break up your furniture, give the room visual appeal and make the space user friendly too.

Figure out what mood you’re trying to set and use that as the basis for your color choices. If you want it to be relaxing or calming, consider using light and cool colors like blues and greens. Your color choices and your choice of furniture should all be based on what you’re trying to accomplish with the look and feel of the room.

Figure out what you want the focal point of the room to be. This is going to be one thing that the room is going to center around. It can be a window, a desk, a piece of artwork – whatever you’d like it to be. Once you know what your focal point is, you can arrange the room so that it compliments that focal point.

Anyone who is undergoing an interior-design project would be wise to incorporate mirrors into the room. Mirrors have two major benefits to any room they are in. First, they give the appearance that the room is larger than it is, and second, they reflect light making your room look brighter.

Try to incorporate a “warm haven” in one of the rooms in your house. This is an important area for you to have so that you can relax after a long day of work or school. Use tranquil colors in this room and try to include a fireplace in this area.

As you plan your interior design project be sure to consider the colors that you plan to use before buying anything. It is important that a color has the ability to set a mood. Bright colors will raise spirits, while neutral tones can encourage relaxation. Keep this in mind as you plan your color schemes to prevent having a room meant for relaxation that actually gets you excited.

When redecorating a bedroom, adding a little color can help. Paint one accent wall or add some extra bold pillows to the bed. Place an accent chair in the corner or use lampshades with a bold pop of color. This adds visual interest to the room, and it is an inexpensive way to change the space.

Instead of replacing your bedroom and kitchen drawers and cabinets, get new knobs and handles. Just a hint of silver on a handle, or a bright new knob, can bring old pieces back to life. Think about the atmosphere you want, and choose little pieces accordingly. You won’t have to spend a lot of money, and you will still see improvement.

Artwork is the finishing touch to any design project. For the best results, hang your artwork at an eye level. Be sure to choose pieces with subject matter that complements the theme of the room and enhances the desired mood to create an interior design that flows effortlessly from a piece to piece.

Have plants in your home. You can use fresh flowers, ferns, or even cuttings of some small trees. Plants make a home feel more alive, and they seem to bring the outdoors inside. Plants have a calming effect on most people, and they can provide the kind of textures that make a room seem more interesting.

Try to match the interior design of your home with the style that you and your husband prefer. This is going to be the place where you spend the most time in your life, so you will want to feel comfortable at all times to help reduce stress during the day.

If you have a small bedroom, and you would like more room, it would be wise to install built-in cabinets or closets. In addition to getting more storage space, you can avoid having too much furniture in your room. Just be sure that whatever kind of cabinets or closets you put in match the rest of the bedroom.

As stated in the article above, it is not all that complicated to pick out furniture that goes well with the space you are living in. The tips you read here should be a great starting point to help you figure out some great ideas that will work in your own living environment.

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