We’ve seen our fair share of modern designs here at Modsy, and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular with our customers. Our modern spaces often have clean lines, neutral tones, and graphic elements but are still incredibly comfortable. Or they can have a more mid-century feel to them, with cool chairs, streamlined wood pieces, and a minimal vibe.
And since there are so many ways to create a modern space that’s just right for you, we’ve rounded up our favorite designs of the month to help get you inspired. Read on for modern decor ideas you can easily incorporate into your own design.
Embrace Clean Lines
If you like a modern room that has a more pristine look, keep to furnishings that have clean lines – think a smooth round coffee table, a rectangular sofa, an angular bookshelf, or a striped rug. It’s all about creating a space that doesn’t feel cluttered or jam-packed with little accents here and there.
A good place to start? Focus on choosing pieces that have strong streamlined silhouettes and simple shapes.
Make It Mid-Century
For those of you who love the look of mid-century-inspired designs (who doesn’t, right?), try bringing in a few statement pieces that pay homage to the look, like a wishbone-style chair and a long sideboard. Because these designs have such a distinct look to them, a few key pieces are all you need.
Another bonus with this approach? The designs already have a clean-lined look that lets you easily layer on cooler accent pieces. AKA the large round mirror and graphic art in this corner vignette.
Mix Warm and Cool Elements
A modern room doesn’t always mean minimal. And part of what gives modern spaces a more well-rounded, collected feel is by mixing warm and cool furnishings.
Contrast a streamlined wood table and leather chairs with accents that have a graphic note, like a bold print and an abstract rug in the same color palette or a unique pendant light.
The idea is to bring in equally distinctive pieces that ultimately balance out the overall look.
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Think Abstract Accents
Layering in bold abstract art and accents is one of our favorite ways to modernize a room. It’s the easiest way to switch up the look in your space, even if it doesn’t have modern furnishings.
The trick is to group graphic accents in clusters, like how the black-and-white print is mixed in with a geometric painting and a cool floor lamp in this corner. To add create even more of a modern impact, try bringing in a trendy abstract rug.
Play Up Polished Materials
Sleek materials like tan leather and polished wood are naturally complimentary of each other, and they’re a great combination for achieving a bolder modern space.
Look for leather and wood furnishings that show a little texture – spotted textures, wood graining – which will add a touch of warmth and provide a depth to your spaces. Not to mention, these materials also work perfectly alongside sleeker, more modern designs.
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On the opposite end of the spectrum, if a super-sleek contemporary look is what you’re after, keep the decorating and styling to a minimum.
Choose a few key pieces that you want to spotlight and forgo the gallery wall and the tables piled with small accents. The mantra less is more fully applies here.
Take a Retro Approach
For a modern look that has a funky element to it, consider taking a retro approach.
You can combine contemporary and midcentury-style pieces with quirky accents that nod to ’80s designs, like a mushroom lamp, a spindle clock, and a cool pendant. The trick is to keep to retro accents that have truly distinctive silhouettes and designs rather than old-school furniture pieces, which can appear overwhelming.
Go For High-Contrast
One way to instantly give your space a modern look and feel is to play up a black-and-white palette. Monochrome photographs and artwork make for the perfect modern backdrop in rooms because they give you the freedom to mix in furnishings in a range of style and materials or simply more linear modern pieces.
Bonus that the palette also makes it easy to work in greenery for a vibrant touch.
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Opt For an Open Concept Design
Many of our favorite modern rooms are defined by their open concept layout that combines living and dining within one large space. It’s one key design factor that sets a modern space apart from more traditional rooms as it allows you to take a more contemporary approach to furniture arrangements.
Try starting with a neutral color palette of black and white. Create a seating area with streamlined sofas and chairs then extend that aesthetic into a dining area with similarly clean-lined pieces and versatile hues for a look that’s cohesive and sleek.