While minimalism seems to be the rising trend on the horizon – in both lifestyle as well as design genres – some people just don’t want to live trough it. That doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate the uncluttered and neatly organized vibe that it emulates. So, for everyone who wants to design a modern home without being minimal, here are 5 tips:
1. Less but stylish
The minimalist ideology dictates that you use furnishings that have been distilled to their very functional aspects. In this regard, you can be a little playful with modernist spaces without indulging in minimalism. Take a look at this living room – the use of stylish, colourful, and trendy furniture takes away from the less-ness of the surroundings and delivers the best of modernity.
2. Bright statement decor
You can make your spaces the epitome of modern without tip-toeing into the minimalist genre by choosing statement décor pieces that are bright and vivid. Don’t go overboard with accessorizing – just one or two focal pieces can make a lot of difference. If you need examples, then just take a look at the blue artwork and area rug featured in this image.
3. Contained decoration
Another way to design your modern spaces without delving into minimalism is by using contained décor. While minimalism doesn’t allow for anything frou-frou at all, this is where modernism is set apart – but not by much. You have to maintain the neatness and cleanliness of the modernist aesthetic by featuring decorative items that are less in quantity and suit the controlled beauty of the ambiance.
4. Furniture speaks volumes
The kind of furniture that you feature in your modernist spaces have to be a touch trendier to leech away their minimal aura. This is where you need to set your imagination free – the dining table set in this image is an excellent example. Its bench-chair aesthetic is unique, practical, and enhance the modernity of the space with style.
5. Lots of textures
Lastly, the most important way you can design modern homes that don’t toe the minimal style at all are by using lots of natural textures. They don’t have to bright, vivacious, or funky – in fact, they’ll have to suit the understated grounded quality of the modern style to a T. But it can still set it apart from true minimalism that is all very stark.