There’s only one thing worse than having no style and that is over-styling. Think about it.
Make-up can be beautiful, but if it’s applied too liberally it can become a bit too OTT drag queen. Of course this is fine if you’re a drag queen, but if not then it just becomes ‘too much’.
Same goes with hair. It’s great to use a styling product. I mean, who doesn’t love dry shampoo or a squirt of hairspray? But too much and it just ends up looking greasy and horrible.
Same goes with interior design, particularly with respect to the modern living room. It’s often one of the first rooms in the house where we start to express ourselves.
We hate it when it has no style, so we experiment with new paint, new furniture or new artwork. We do end up going a bit over the top, so we move things around, take things away and continue to add to it. A lot.
We experiment but we do not master.
It’s time to get masterful with modernism. It’s time to start stylin’ up. Let’s show you a few tricks of the trade: styles, patterns, colours and accents.
The first thing to keep in mind is that everyone has a different sense of style. And that’s OK. You don’t have to like what others like and vice versa.
Your home is for you and your family (if you have one!). No-one else matters.
That said, be sure to keep your mind open to possibilities. Here we highlight some minimalist modern spaces – formal, funky and Scandinavian – and show how floor to ceiling windows can make a space feel light and airy.
If you love making a statement you will no doubt love the idea of ‘going large’ and investing in a super sized art print.
1. Favour the formalities
2. Keep it simple
3. Super size your art
4. Go scandi
5. Let light in
Modern doesn’t have to mean refined, neat and … well … boring. It really doesn’t. We promise!
If you want to mix modern up and throw it outside its comfort zone then play with your patterns. Mix and match styles, patterns, colours and textures.
It’s ridiculously fun.
6. Mix patterns around a palette
7. Combine new with old
8. Disturb perfect symmetry
Curiouser and curiouser! – Alice In Wonderland
Where would we be without curiosity? It’s the lifeblood of many an artist and it’s no different when it comes to interior design.
When it comes to colour, if you know the rules you can break the rules. If you don’t know the rules, stick with what you know.
If you know to match the colours in a work of art with a splash of colour from your decor, do that. If you know how to make white on white work, do that. And if you know that copper is the latest metallic trend, go forth and do that.
Just do it.
9. Make it pop
10. Put white on white
11. Get into copper
From Barker And Storehouse.
12. Indulge in natural elements
Give your modern living room an edge by accenting it with something extraordinary. It could be a feature wall, a piece of art, a rug or a fireplace.
This is your opportunity to own your modern space; to really make it yours.
13. Accent your wall
14. Splash on some silver
15. Rug up, big time
From Emily Henderson.
16. Add a fireplace
From One Kindesign.