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Modern Contemporary Interior Design: Relaxing Home Decorating Ideas to Try

Aug 30, 2020

Interior Design

Modern Living Room with Sofa and Square Coffee Table

Looking for relaxing home decorating ideas to try in your home? In today’s blog, the furniture experts at Star Furniture discuss some modern interior design ideas you can use to create a comfortable, relaxing home.

Understand Your Furniture Budget

One of the most frequent questions we’re asked is how to decorate your home on a budget. For modern interior designers, understanding how to work within a budget is incredibly important. To get started, make sure to determine your total budget, make a thorough shopping list for everything you need, do your research, and most importantly, find your priority items first. If the couch is functionally the most important item for you, it’d be in your best interest to choose the sofa first so that you have a little extra wiggle room in your budget.

Identify Your Interior Design Style
While many people tend to stick to a singular interior design style, that doesn’t mean you have to limit your style to modern contemporary, traditional, transitional, etc. Start by searching for individual pieces and interior design trends you enjoy, and as you select furniture that you truly love, you’ll likely discover which interior design style best supports your individual tastes.

Start with the Basics

When it comes to modern contemporary interior design, you’ll want to start with the basics. In other words, make sure to consider the space you’re decorating and consider what it has to offer. If, for example, the room has beautiful architectural details like a brick fireplace, you’ll want to design the room with that focal point in mind. Once you understand your space, start thinking about furniture. Choosing a color palette early can help you choose the right furniture. Similarly, you may want to choose the most important piece of furniture first so that you can design the room around your top choice furniture.

Find Balance

When trying to create a relaxing interior space, you’ll need to find balance. In interior design, balance is achieved by distributing the visual weight of items in the room. Because the size, shape, color, pattern, and texture have a large impact on visual weight, you’ll want to take all of these factors in consideration when choosing different furniture pieces and deciding where to place them within the room.

Say No to Knickknacks
Modern contemporary interior designs aren’t busy. So, while a handful of selectively chosen personal items is perfectly acceptable, you don’t want to jampack your home with knickknacks. Generally speaking, everything you choose to display in your home should reflect you, your taste, and your interior design style.

Versatility is Key
Keeping things versatile is one of the most important modern interior design ideas to consider when decorating your home. Look at out-of-the-box fabrics for pillows, ottomans and accent pieces that can be switched out for the seasons. These are the types of home décor accessories that can really add character to your space and that you can alternate if you get bored of a look. That’s why many modern interior designers suggest choosing neutral colored furniture. That way, you can keep the big ticket items and dress them up with new throw pillows, wall art, and accent pieces to create a whole new style without buying a whole new furniture set.

Similarly, you’ll want to check out furniture that has more than one function like an ottoman that serves as a coffee table or an armoire that is also a bar cabinet. Like storage furniture, these types of items are perfect for smaller spaces.

Need help designing the home of your dreams? The interior design experts at Star Furniture can help. In addition to a huge selection of furniture for every room in the house, we also offer free interior design services at our Star Furniture & Mattress stores throughout Texas. In the meantime, check out our interior design blog where we cover everything from how to choose a sectional sofa to the 10 most common interior design mistakes and how to avoid them.