Modern interior design is defined by simple, uncluttered and clean spaces.
Houses will always reflect our personal taste first, but there’s no denying current design trends influence the choices we make when designing and decorating the space we call home, whether we realise it or not. While it’s easy to embrace a trend wholeheartedly, it’s always good to remember to choose styles that will remain somewhat timeless so your home doesn’t feel dated in a few short years once trends change. With that in mind, 2018 ushers in a number of new and exciting design trends for the home, in both building design and interior styling.
We have pulled together five simple ways to create a modern interior design. Be inspired by some of our favourite styles and create the contemporary home of your dreams!
Playing with different textures can bring your chosen area to life. This polished concrete floor combined with the structural wood and exposed brick really utilises the recycled, raw material look.
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by Madeline Martin | September 2, 2016 | General, Home Designs, Ideas & Fun, Interior Inspiration
The modern rustic interior craze is here to stay. With warehouses, industrial buildings and even old farms or barns acting as inspiration and the rising popularity of the trend, it is easier than ever to find products perfect for this kind of design.
Take a look at some of our modern rustic interior design ideas for some home inspiration.
Utilising exposed mechanical details in your home helps create a look that is reminiscent of a farmhouse. The rustic ‘unfinished’ bench combined with the exposed light bulbs and simple bar stools captures the feeling of a beautiful, warm barn. Even the wire fruit bowl adds so much to the room!
Over the last few years, copper has been king. However, industry experts are indicating that brass is quickly becoming a firm favourite, classic silver is returning, and black metal is increasingly being chosen as an eye-catching feature. If you’re building or renovating, consider your bathroom and kitchen fittings – silver will add a touch of metallic without being too showy, whereas brass is a bolder choice. Or make a spectacular statement with black metal – this Dorf bathroom ticks all the boxes with statement black metal taps and shower head, brass accessories, and a touch of greenery to soften the aesthetic.
The walls, floors, ceiling and larger furnishing should all comprise of a neutral colour palette. Contemporary colours like whites, creams, browns, greys and black let the furniture’s natural shape and detail shine through, and your accent pieces can then stand out on a clean base. Don’t add too many elements though, modern interior design is all about the ‘clean’ look, so aim for less clutter and larger pieces of art or décor.
Unite your home with an open-plan design. For a seamless experience that adds to that airy feel, blur the lines between kitchen and living, bathroom and bedroom, indoors and outdoors. Many homes feature an adjoining alfresco space with large doors or even a bi-fold option to further enhance the openness. A modern design allows you to spend more time with your family as you cook, clean, relax and entertain in the same spaces.
Tone on tone continues to be a popular design trend when it comes to interior styling. It’s not only timeless, it also creates a very serene, relaxed atmosphere that won’t date. Consider neutral paint colours and accessories to give your home an energy that flows gently and calmly from room to room, and add a little bit of colour with a statement couch or armchairs in the lounge room, or bright bed linen to break up the spaces and create areas that subtly draw the eye in.
White kitchens will always be appealing to the eye, but they’re being sidelined for the complete opposite. Black kitchens are a trend on the up and up this year, as people choose dark charcoal or true black to create a memorable and chic kitchen area. Cabinets and breakfast bars can be black to create a bold effect, with contrasting benchtops in neutral tones to offset the colour. Add in brightly coloured toasters, vases, and other benchtop items to make the space really pop!
When incorporating design trends into your home, the most important thing to remember is to use what works for you and your family, with a focus on trends that will remain timeless. While it’s tempting to inject new life into every corner of your home, focus on smaller areas and accent pieces that can be updated with a minimum of expense, rather than redecorating entire rooms from scratch.
Modern interior design is almost exclusively light and airy. Traditional dark interiors and closed off rooms are now breezy spaces with large windows. Natural light is necessary, so check the orientation of your home and ensure your main living spaces are facing north to maximise the amount of sunlight you’ll receive. When it comes to artificial light, opt for downlights or a feature light that emulates a contemporary feel.
Organic materials like wood, marble, rock and other such textiles are a great way to blend the indoor and outdoor elements of your home. Use them as a feature wall, for your decking or displayed throughout your home for a beautiful finish that emulates the contemporary home.
What are your favourite modern interior design elements? Have you tried something else? Let us know in the comments below!
by Hotondo Media | March 4, 2018 | General, Ideas & Fun, Interior Inspiration
Achieving the modern rustic look doesn’t necessarily mean using exposed materials like brick. The sleek, dark kitchen, metal-inspired lights and simple wooden table still give off a country-like feel without sacrificing the modern touch. Add a touch of green and you are set to go!
The key element of a modern rustic home is adding wooden textures. The various shades of brown add warmth to the room and the lights and painting decor give off a countryside vibe. The wood-look kitchen bench finishes the room.
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by Madeline Martin | August 27, 2015 | General, Home Designs, Ideas & Fun, Interior Inspiration
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Traditional ornaments, curves and complex shapes are replaced with straight, defined lines, a neutral palette and a blend of indoor and outdoor living.
Less is sometimes more with the traditional bedhead, rickety chair and brown feature wall working together to offer a rustic charm. Note the mix of dark and light shades used to create a balanced colour scheme.
Sustainability is always at the forefront of home design these days, and that’s now flowing through into interior spaces as well. Trends are showing a return to organic, rustic materials such as exposed brick, stone, and concrete, as well as natural timbers. Incorporating these into your home helps reconnect the space back to the environment and lends itself to a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Try taking inspiration from environmental spaces like the outback or the bush by using earthy greens, burnt orange, or dusty blue to imitate the great outdoor.
For the ultimate modern rustic look, make sure to mix and match your rustic inspired features with more modern pieces. This lighter rustic look uses exposed brick wall, rough carpet and visible light bulbs combined with the modern white couches and sleek kitchen to create the perfect blend of products. The flooring is actually a wood-look tile which creates the overall feel of a beautiful, modern country home.
Your flooring is a vital part of modern interior design. Bare hardwood floors, large tiles or polished concrete all offer a beautiful finish with minimal fuss. Use area rugs for your living areas and dining room to break up the space and add warmth to the home. Keep it simple with less lines and more focus on the area as a whole.
The finishing touch in any room is the decor. Wood, wire and a rough finish make the perfect items for a rustic home.
Additionally, terrazzo marble is earmarked for a big comeback this year, replacing the popular geometric tiles and bone tile inlays from the last few years, adding to the throwback to nature in homes. Using marble in your kitchen or bathroom creates an effortlessly chic look that needs no embellishment – the style speaks for itself and will hold up under the everyday use of high traffic areas. The Laminex Glamour range offers a beautiful selection of marble options that are understated and elegant, allowing you to add statement accessories that will pull the style together seamlessly.