With roots in Scandinavian and German design, modern style celebrates simplicity, form, and function. By curating a space where each object is chosen with care, you can create a comfortable, inviting environment where you’ll enjoy spending time. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Draw the Line
Creating a modern space starts with bold horizontal and vertical lines. Think sofas with upright backs and firm cushions or square accent tables with chrome legs. Choose furniture with straight lines for maximum impact, but feel free to throw in a curve or two with accessories like lamps and throw pillows.
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Sleek and Chic
Simplicity is another key component of modern design—avoid anything with skirts, tassels, ruffles, or carved details. And just say no to floral prints.
Remain in Neutral
The modern color palette ranges from timeless black and white to more contemporary neutrals like gray and navy. Add in a couple of soft pastels for a subdued hint of color or go bold with vibrant shades. Use color strategically and sparingly—perhaps with an abstract painting or a cozy throw.
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Add Texture to the Mix
Modern furniture often features smooth surfaces like wood, steel, and glass accented with chrome or leather. Bring in warmth and character with textured details like sheepskin rugs, wool upholstery, woven baskets, or fuzzy throw pillows.
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Follow the Pattern
Add charm to your modern space with geometric designs—from grids and hexagons to polka dots. A patterned rug makes a subtle statement or go bold with furniture featuring geometric shapes.
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See the Light
Let the sunshine in—unadorned windows fill a room with natural light, while the lines of the window frames add to the overall aesthetic.
Embrace Negative Space
Leaving space between objects and furniture increases the visual impact of each item in your collection. A single sculptural piece on an otherwise bare tabletop speaks volumes—and the items you treasure won’t get lost in noisy clutter.
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Keep it Simple
Design a modern space that’s uniquely yours by including furniture and decor you love with enough breathing room to let each element shine. Now that you know the basics, let inspiration be your guide.