We all wish we could make our homes look sophisticated, stylish and bang on trend – but without spending a fortune.
Stunning interior design wows guests and makes you as a homeowner feel proud.
Thankfully, ultra-modern décor isn’t all about spending lots of money on designer furniture, rather, it’s about utilising the right items and creating the right space that makes your living room look priceless.
Here are some tips on how you can create this modern space while still retaining a cosy feel:
Consider the Position of the Sofa
Your sofa can quickly take over the room, particularly when it’s in the window, casting shadows all over the floor.
However, to keep things flowing, it’s a good idea to move your sofa away from the window so you can let as much light in as possible. Try placing it in the centre of the room or angling it in a corner.
Then, make it a feature by placing a console table behind it. Once accessorised with pictures, lamps and candles, this creates a dramatic look.
Create Maximum Impact at Your Windows
As dramatic and inspiring as floor-length curtains can be, they don’t always help you achieve that spacious, minimalistic look. (However, they are great for softening edges if you don’t want clean lines to dominate the space).
But if you do want to achieve that cool, contemporary vibe, blinds are the way to go (or if you don’t get the sun glaring in, you could just install modern pelmets).
For example, Venetian blinds create a minimalistic style but one that helps you control how much light enters the room. This is essential when you’re trying to create an open, inviting space because you can flood light into the room – or when you’re snuggling up for the evening, you can shut off the outside world completely.
Make a Focal Point
As soon as your guests walk into your living room, their gaze should be drawn to a focal point. This could be the aforementioned console table, a huge painting or a lavish mirror.
Focal points help add definition to your living room – and they needn’t be expensive either.
If you don’t want to splash out on a huge piece of artwork or large furniture, simply use oversized accessories like tall flower arrangements or big industrial lamps to really bring the space to life.
Buy a Vibrant Rug
In order for a space to feel modern, it needs to be open but this often leaves a lot of floor space that can look cold rather than cool. So to make sure this doesn’t happen in your lounge, consider buying a vibrant rug (this doubles up as a great focal point).
Furthermore, rugs not only add some wow factor to the room but they also help achieve that cosy, inviting atmosphere that’s essential for making guests (and you) feel comfortable in this room.
Make Sure You’re Achieving the Right Balance
Overall, it’s all about achieving the right balance between contemporary and cosy. And you can do this by using the right accessories and colour combinations.
For example, glass tables and mirrors help utilise that natural light that’s flooding into the space, while wall art and plants make the room feel chic and sophisticated.
Play around with colours, textures and designs and you’ll soon achieve that ultra-modern space that looks like it’s walked straight out of an interior design magazine.