So you’ve decided to spice up your home with a few new items that will modernize your living quarters. The first and most important thing is to not get into buying them right away. You will primarily need a clear picture of what you’d like your home to look like with the new pieces added. 

A mid-century modern design for your home might appeal to you if you enjoy looking for vintage furniture and accessories. Alternatively, if you favour subtle hues and organic materials, an organic modern design might be right for you. 

Industrial modern, modern farmhouse and contemporary modern are a few additional popular modern styles to consider. Once you’ve settled on a style, you’ll have a starting point for choosing paint colours, selecting furniture, arranging decor items, and more.

Don’t be afraid of dark

Modern farmhouse interior design idea for living room
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Consider including some darker tones to contrast any lighter shades you use as you plan the modern colour scheme for your home. Play around with darker hues like black and charcoal grey; a modern home design isn’t afraid of dark or bolder tones. 

A good place to start is the dining area. If you’re choosing to have light colours on your walls or floors, try dining tables with a darker shade, as this will add excellent contrast to your room.

A clean look 

Uncertain about the design strategy to use for your modern interior? You can start by giving your entire space a neat, polished appearance. Here, you can embrace minimalism, which sends the message “less is more”, to help you achieve the open, airy atmosphere found in many contemporary homes. Choose functional furniture and simple decor items, and avoid clutter wherever you can in order to achieve this.

Employ different textures 

You can give any room in your house more depth by adding different textures. The goal of modern designs is to achieve an intriguing balance, so combining different textures, such as velvet and leather, is very acceptable. To give your space a dynamic and contemporary feel, mix different textures when selecting furniture and decor items, such as shiny, suede, matte, and furry.

Statement lighting 

Pink and gold home interior design
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In addition to serving a practical purpose, statement lighting is a playful way to bring up your home’s contemporary appearance. Look for an angular chandelier, a sizable floor lamp, or an abstract pendant light when selecting modern lighting for your kitchen, living room, or bedroom. A back-lit mirror can be installed in your bathroom to help keep surfaces clean and provide you with extra light while getting ready.

Play around with your furniture 

Form and function are closely correlated in contemporary home design. Modern homes can benefit greatly from customized furniture because it not only serves multiple purposes but also serves as a focal point. In addition to being able to have a table, chairs, or other furniture items made to match your distinct style, doing so is a good way to include high-quality items with practical uses in your home, like extra storage.

Kitchen ideas

Open plan kitchen and dining area showing zoned areas
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Do you need any suggestions for updating a modern kitchen? Consider open shelving. This kitchen storage option makes it very simple to grab dishes and utensils and can enable your kitchen to feel more spacious. Section off one area for shelves if you don’t want to fully commit to the open shelving look and keep the cabinets for the rest of the kitchen.

Choosing high-end kitchen appliances is essential when designing a modern kitchen. Modern technology can be found in many appliances, including smart refrigerators that can help you keep track of the contents of your fridge and log important reminders for your family. Using matte black, stainless steel, or a “hidden” look are all stylish ways to give your appliances a more contemporary look. 

Final thoughts

Because the goal of contemporary home design is to make a space feel lived in, aim to decorate with things you love and use frequently or that at the very least have a feeling of being gently used. Without adding extra clutter, give your house a lived-in appearance with plants, books, and vinyl records.