5 Lessons I’ve Learned from the Modern Style

source: Oyvind Solstad
source: Oyvind Solstad

In the past, modern decorating has often been reserved for those living in European countries or those with a lot of money and no children. It’s even been described as cold and stark by some. I’ve shared the pictures of our home, and today I wanted to share five lessons with you that I’ve learned from modern style:

1. Sparse can be beautiful.

Traditional styles of decorating often incorporate lots of knick knacks, pictures on the walls and pieces that pull the room together. This style can be beautiful – if it’s not overdone – but if you’re looking to simplify and declutter, sparse decorations can be beautiful in their own way as well. An added benefit of decorating this way is you’ll have less to clean, move around and worry about.

2. Funky adds interest and uniqueness to a room.

Don’t be afraid to incorporate a funky, unique piece that you love as part of your home decorating. It makes the room interesting and may just become a popular conversation piece for friends and family. It’s great to watch design shows and look through magazines to get ideas, but don’t let other people’s style hold you back from creating a one-of-a-kind room that shows off your unique style.

3. Don’t be afraid of shape or color.

Of course you want to think through purchases ahead of time so that you’re not wasting time and money, but don’t shy away from incorporating bright colors or unique shapes into your room. Bright, vibrant colors can invigorate and energize a room, and unique shapes can make an otherwise boring room interesting.

4. Light fixtures can do more than just give off light.

Modern light fixtures, which are often made of metal, frosted glass and come in neutral paletes of white and silver, add another interesting element to a room without sacrificing space or giving you one more thing to clean.

5. A house can be both art and a home.

Having a beautiful home isn’t reserved for those with lots of money or no young children. Modern style, with it’s sparse furnishings and simple decorations, can be inexpensive and combine beauty and functionality no matter what stage of life you’re in.

How would you describe your decorating style? Do you incorporate any lessons from modern decorating in your home?

Mandi Ehman at Organizing Your Way