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Are you considering adding some new life to your home? Then you may want to introduce some elements to your home using the current design trends. Even though some of the trendiest contemporary space feel out of reach, there are several easy techniques that you might take advantage of to renovate a home that won't necessarily require you to demolish your house completely. Below are some added embellishments that can make your home look a little more modern.
- Avant-garde Furniture - Large pieces of furniture will always draw a lot of attention to themselves, so if you want to change how a room looks, an excellent place to start is merely replacing the furniture. Furniture pieces that shun the traditional and regular sofa and chair shape always have a more updated and give an almost futuristic vibe. If erring on the side of safety, do not do anything too bold. You also might want to think about some of the more minimalist and modern ways people are using furniture. At the moment, neutrals seem to be somewhat popular, but mixing them with brightly colored single accent pieces can help a room shine even more.
- Symmetrical Light Fixtures - Another way to add a more modern look to your home is to think about changing the lighting fixtures. An elaborate lighting fixture can undoubtedly change the way any room looks. Its stylish chrome design and industrial-style exposed bulbs make it quite the eye-grabber. A new lighting fixture will go a long way in setting the general atmosphere for a more modern look. You can opt to go for chrome or sleek metallic pieces. Lighting fixtures are also rather easy to change, but they make it look like you did some major hardware renovations in your space.
- Change the Wall Art - Changing the art on your walls is an easy way to modernize a space without doing anything too extreme. Having a large-scale piece of art can produce a visual centerpiece, so changing or adding new items can help set a new tone in the room. A good piece of modern art can go beyond the age it represents with its color, raw sensations, and visually appealing designs. Having a work of abstract art can also serve a design purpose.
Visit your local gallery for exceptional pieces that you can purchase for your home.
Whether your room is larger or smaller, the wrong size furniture, décor, and accessories cause it to be a distraction to your peace rather than an enhancement. Rattling around in an oversized room with an undersized sofa and a chair or two makes one simple feel out of place. But cramming a small room with that oversized recliner and sofa doesn’t leave room for people at all.
Get more from your small space
Visually enlarge a small room by painting the trim, ceiling, and walls with similar but slightly darker hue or in lighter shades of the same color. Use the lightest shade on the ceiling, the darkest on trim and the medium tone on the walls. If the walls have architectural interest, enhance with an additional level of the same hue to give depth and definition. Keeping the color consistent throughout the room gives coherence to the look.
Scale the furniture to the room. In the smaller space, think low-armed side chairs and a narrow sofa. Or go for a grouping of chairs in a circle, mixing fully-upholstered with wood-trimmed seating to give interest. Remove bulky pieces that fill entire walls and replace them with smaller options. Rugs should fit under the furniture legs but not extend to the walls to pull the grouping into a unified ensemble.
Make furniture do double duty by utilizing a storage ottoman as a coffee table, or a low bookcase as a sofa table. For a cramped entryway, try a gathering of small mirrors to bring light into a dark space.
Go big or go home
In a larger space, you need statement pieces to ground the design. The use of a larger sectional, massive coffee table around which to gather, and an oversized reading chair transforms a large area into a cozy family room. Add side tables, sofa tables, bookshelves and other wood pieces that bring warmth and texture into the room.
A large mirror to draw the eye can fill a wall and bring interest to a windowless expanse and carry light into the room. Mirrors work great in large entryways as well by reflecting architectural details and light into large dark areas. Choose expansive artwork, a soaring vase, a contemporary sculpture to lend interest to your room and draw the eye into the room. Fill walls with larger-scale art or groupings to avoid them appearing empty. Add colorful cushions and throws to bring warmth and coziness to your home.
If your home is too small for your belongings and you crave a larger home, talk to your local real estate specialist to see what’s available to you.