A trend that has grown and grown in recent years is the need to have a modern and contemporary home, something which can be quite challenging and of course, pretty expensive.
When designing a contemporary room, it is important to realise your boundaries - both in terms of space and finances. A modern room can often have a minimalistic approach, therefore the need to have plenty of furniture in the room is diminished and the space should be filled merely to suit its function. Remember, a living room is for relaxing in, a dining room to eat in, the kitchen is for preparing food and the office is for work.
There will be no getting away from spending plenty of money when creating a modern environment, but make sure you reserve a big slab of your budget to your main centre-piece and not spend large amounts on every single item. The sofa, a quality dining table or another piece of quality furniture tend to be the ones to spend the most on. It can certainly help to set up some budgetary restrictions or guidelines to ensure that you don’t overspend.
Accessories are important in a modern room, but again, less is more. Feel free to add a few personal touches; however, when placing things on walls and flat surfaces, remember not to overcrowd the area as the idea is to have eye-catching items, rather than so much in the room you struggle to focus on the pieces individually.
When laying out the room, think of symmetry and proportions to keep the room balanced, but don’t worry about having to match items to each other as the idea is for everything to be an individual piece. However, that doesn’t mean separate everything away from each other; group items together in odd numbers to get a good modern look.
Colours should stick out from the décor of the walls, so have dark tones in the furniture to allow them to catch the eye from the neutral colours of the walls. If redesigning several parts of the home in a modern way, ensure that they all flow together; as much as contemporary styling is about freedom of expression in the home, rooms will still look out of place they differ too much from one another.
You can also bring colours together to impose a striking focus on a certain area; for example, you could place focus on a shelf or number of shelves by grouping together several vibrant green ornaments. This is a great method of creating a focal point for a room if you want an area that stands out from the rest.
About the author: Sam writes for The Furniture Market where you can find a dazzling choice of tables, chairs and beds made from quality oak and in various styles, including French style furniture.