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Urban Sophisticated – The Modern Style Bedroom

Friday, October 15th, 2010

How you design your bedroom and the bedroom furniture you choose to furnish it with is very important to the overall mood. We instantly feel relaxed and welcomed in spaces, especially bedroom spaces that are spacious, well-lit, uncluttered and aesthetically pleasing. Known for its underlying simplicity of line, shape, form, the clean lines and streamlined detail of modern style bedroom furniture ultimately contributes to an atmosphere of calm and tranquility, which is exactly the right tone you want for a bedroom that will be your sanctuary after a busy or even hectic day.

Earth tones and neutral palettes with splashes of bold color characterize a modern style bedroom. Whites, grays and blacks are commonly used as main or accent wall colors. Color is always used sparely: in a modern interior design bedroom, color is an exclamation instead of a conversation. If you’ve chosen a bold color like red, orange or intense blue as an accent color, select neutral colors for other items in the room such as lamps, window treatments and carpets or area rugs.

To the unfamiliar eye, furnishings can look stark or devoid of personality. Clean lines, natural elements, lighter finishes and polished, gleaming expanses typify modern style bedroom furniture. Because form is function, decorative detail is viewed as “unnecessary.”

Visual interest is commonly created through the design and appearance of the individual bedroom furniture piece. Shape, both strictly geometric and asymmetrical, is often used for dramatic effect. The result is bedroom furniture that is deceptively simple; but because lines are uncluttered, the eye isn’t working overtime, and the sleek profiles work just as well in smaller spaces as they do in larger ones.

When accessorizing – don’t! As with modern furniture design, when accessorizing your modern style bedroom, less really is more. While you do want the room to be inviting, you don’t want to add anything that does not have a specific purpose; including items that are solely decorative will not reflect true modern style principles. 

Modern style furniture has clean lines and streamlined detail. Profiles are strictly angular, geometric or asymmetrical. It can even have a “space age” appeal; so decide which modern vibe will work for you.

Urban Sophisticated – The Modern Style Bathroom

Friday, October 8th, 2010

If ever there was any room in your home that is naturally suited to modern style, it would have to be the bathroom. It is the one space where sharp, angular profiles with clean lines make a big splash. Modern design, emerging post-WWII, takes anything traditional and pares it down to basic elements that celebrate cutting-edge ideas, inventions and innovations. Materials are commonly bleached or lighter colored woods, metal and glass with space-age, highly polished surfaces. A modern style bathroom combines an ultra-urban vibe with spa chic for a look that is fresh yet luxurious.

In keeping with the minimalist tradition, this metal and glass vanity fills all of the modern style requirements. The vanity has spare lines; the base of the bathroom vanity is made of stainless steel; and form meets function in the integrated towel bar. It won’t be just a place to wash your face; a modern style bathroom vanity that combines cool, clean metal and glass with sleek lines makes a trendy statement that you will appreciate for awhile.

For an ultra modern look and feel try floating. Some of us tend to shy away from modern style because it can appear “cold” or unwelcoming. But putting that rumor to rest, wall mounted bathroom vanities, bathroom sinks (without the vanity cabinet) and bathroom cabinets create a floating effect that is dramatic and just plain beautiful to look at. Especially if the vanity is constructed of wood, wall mounted bathroom fixtures can create a warm and welcoming vibe while possessing a space-age appearance.

Modern design bathroom furniture is typified by polished surfaces, geometric or asymmetrical shapes and neutral palettes. Even though glass and metal are the most common materials used in the construction of modern style bathroom fixtures and cabinets, when wood is introduced into the mix, it can work with metal-and-glass elements to create visual interest. Depending on placement and presentation, a modern style vanity utilizing asymmetrical shape to maximum effect, will make a stunning and sophisticated statement in your bathroom.

Urban Sophisticated – The Modern Style Living Room

Friday, October 1st, 2010

 If you’re redecorating the living room and you want something completely different from what you had, a modern style living room might be just the solution you’re looking for. Modern style is noted for its minimalist lines and often stark and dramatic use of metal and glass as construction materials or bleached organic elements such as wood or bamboo as accents. Because the focus of this design style is on form and function, modern style living room furniture pieces have uncomplicated lines that are clean and straightforward, giving the room a spacious, uncluttered feel. 

Balancing Neutrals with Color

Modern style is notorious for its lack of color. Typical palettes for modern style living rooms include neutrals like white, gray or taupe. But this is underestimating color in a modern style context. The use of bold accent hues on one or two walls is a popular way to introduce color into a modern living room interior design. If this idea appeals to you, decide where the color will go. If you pick a bold color for the living room walls, (either one or all), plan on sticking to neutrals for your living room furniture pieces. The reverse will hold true: if you decide to use brightly colored fabrics for upholstered furniture pieces such as sofas and chairs and accessories like area rugs, curtains and accent pillows, paint the walls in a neutral shade.

Modern Style Living Room Furniture

Modern style emerged mid-twentieth century, as an expression of post-World War II sensibilities and a reflection of new ideas, new materials and new inventions. Choose furniture for your modern style living room that breaks with tradition: occasional tables like coffee tables, console tables or end tables should have no decorative detail; furniture profiles for sofas, entertainment centers, bookshelves, etc. will have sleek and streamlined profiles. Finishes are typically highly polished but they can also have a raw, natural or bleached appearance. Focus on geometric or asymmetrical patterns, when selecting fabrics. Furniture that incorporates geometric shapes or asymmetrical designs is ideal for a modern style living room.

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