In the interior design world, there is a misconception that modern spaces look cold and do not have a personality. But with proper treatment and innovative use of modern furniture, you can have a stylish room that is not only cosy and inviting but also exudes warmth and personality. Although it is characteristic for a modern room to have a simple design and minimal accessories, you can amp up the appeal by choosing the right pieces that will highlight the space.
Making the room look warm and cosy
If you want to make a modern interior space look warm, choose comfortable furniture. It is also best to use a neutral colour palette and add elements such as an area rug and a few plush pillows. Make the furniture the highlight of the space by adding a few accessories. For example, a well-chosen piece from a selection of modern chairs will give the room the oomph it needs.
Work with playful design combinations
A modern room is not supposed to be one-dimensional and boring. Think about using abstract art as the focal point of the room and add furniture with different shapes and textures to complement the art. Furniture in muted colours will look best when paired with striking artwork. Do not go overboard with elements and always keep pieces to a minimum.
Combining modern design with other styles
One of the least appreciated aspects of modern design is how easily it can pair with other styles. Even if your house is traditional, you can still use modern pieces for decoration. Opt for clean lines, neutral colours and pieces that feature organic elements such as wood and metal. The result is what they call transitional style, which is a trendy style many people find quite appealing.
Smart use of negative space
If the room is small, you can make it appear bigger by making use of negative space. White also looks great in small areas. Furniture made with see-through materials like glass will also add dimension yet will not make the room look stuffy.
Choose a focal point for the room
For most living rooms, the focal point is almost always the fireplace. If you want to highlight the fireplace as the primary design element in a modern room, you can turn it into a focal wall. Painting an entire wall with a solid colour or using panels of metal provides structure and texture, which can be the inspiration for other pieces you add to the room.
A bright pop of colour
A bright colour or pattern makes a modern room look more exciting. A pair of modern chairs in a cheerful colour can be the focal point of a room. Nevertheless, keep everything else simple to avoid making the room appear too bright or overdesigned.
Add a modern light fixture
Another easy way to design a modern room and make it look more appealing is by adding a dramatic light fixture. It instantly becomes a conversation piece and ties together all the other elements of the room. Look for a fixture with shape and design elements that will mimic other pieces in the room to make the interior look more cohesive.