Tips and Tricks for Bringing Your Home into the 21st Century
If you’d prefer to give your home a more modern look, but it’s already filled with traditional or antique furnishings, don’t worry. With some simple changes, it’s still possible to achieve the contemporary home look you’re aiming for. Don’t think you have to replace all of your existing pieces of furniture either – creating a blend of old and new is very desirable. Here are a few tips and tricks for bringing your home into the 21st century.
A More Modern Colour Palette
Neutral colour tones, like off-whites and greys, are still popular and can give you that minimalist look that many people crave. If you want to add a little more personality to the mix, though, don’t be afraid to try some bold colours like blues, oranges, purples and reds. These can be in the form of paint or accessories and often work best when used to provide some accent colours to a space.
Choosing Contemporary Furniture
Contemporary furniture comes in all kinds of different materials and designs at the moment. Look for lighter woods like pine or beech, or much more daring materials like steel. These may be at odds with your older furnishings at the moment, but fortunately there’s also a trend of reupholstering vintage chairs and sofas with modern fabrics. These combine the best of both approaches and means you could end up with something that’s truly one of a kind.
Using Glass and Steel Materials
Glass tables or office desks are perfect for creating a room that’s stylish and modern. On their own, they can add a sophisticated, executive look, but when paired with leather or the right kinds of wood finishes and metals, can form a more industrial aesthetic that makes your property stand out. Suppliers like Barrier Components have everything you need to create an impressive glass balustrade to your staircase. This is perfect if you can contrast it with something traditional like an exposed brick wall, or a striking feature wallpaper (as in the image above which shows a glimpse of the new ‘Project Attic’ over at Love Chic Living).
Finding the Right Pieces of Art
Finally, adding the right artwork to your home can be the finishing touch that transforms your property into a truly contemporary home. More abstract pieces are popular at the moment, especially large paintings or prints that can be used to impart personality to more minimalist settings. If you do decide to go down this route, try adding some accent lighting in the form of track lighting, sconces, or lamps to help highlight the piece.
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