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How to Introduce Modern Interior Design into Traditional Living Spaces

Modern design reflects the evolution of style over several decades. Cutting-edge interior styles can transform a home into a palette for personal styles and superb taste. Of course, functionality also plays an important part when designing and choosing furniture and accessories. To achieve this balance, homeowners need to understand how different elements in the home integrate into a cohesive design.

Selecting a theme can help homeowners choose the right pieces to enhance rather than distract from their vision. Modern flooring and light fixtures installed in layers play a big part in framing a room and providing task or mood illumination. Homeowners can blend both modern and traditional styles if they coordinate the color palette and choose their accessories wisely. Above all, modern design puts functionality at the core of the home’s interior rather than adding it as an afterthought.

Here are four essential tips to help new or established homeowners achieve a uniquely modern interior.

1. Choose the Theme

Under the umbrella of modern design, there are many themes to choose from. For example, modern furniture with sleek lines combines well with a rustic interior. For those with Victorian architecture, a sectional with crimson throw pillows creates a decadent delight for the eyes. At the same time, the lush fabric and sharp lines of modern furnishings provide support and comfort in a Mid-Century Modern home.

DIY designers can incorporate farmhouse accessories for interest and pops of color while adopting neutral shades for wall colorings and furnishings. This interesting combination creates an eclectic, but uncluttered look. Additionally, ultra-modern Scandinavian interiors benefit greatly when paired with modern minimalism for effortless sophistication.

As these examples show, modern design does not necessarily mean abandoning traditional home interior themes.

2. Select Modern Flooring

Modern flooring often consists of smooth tiles with clean lines. However, because functionality lies at the heart of modernity, there are now tiles to mimic other materials. So, take advantage of the low-maintenance durability of tile but choose flooring suited to the purpose of each room. For example, tile designs can mimic natural wood to create a formal but warm feel in a living room or dining room.

 However, tile isn’t the only material that can integrate with a modern home interior. Choosing traditional flooring in neutral tones allows it to become the backdrop for any color palette. Polished hardwood flooring can accent hardwood cabinets, islands and fixtures. At the same time, vinyl flooring in a variety of colors and patterns can add an edgy look that brings home design ideas to life. To maintain the modern vibe, ensure that surfaces are smooth and sleek.

As discussed, modern flooring with favorite traditional materials or patterns can connect homeowners to the past and the future.

3. Choose Sleek, Functional Modern Furniture

What defines modern furniture? Furniture and equipment in the home with clean, clearly defined edges and lines and high functionality constitute modern pieces.

For example, consider a coffee table with sharp edges (rounded sufficiently for safety) or a dining table with clean lines but drawers built in to hold napkins, cutlery and other essential mealtime amenities. Similarly, a comfortable bed with hidden storage compartments in the headboard would serve well in a modern home interior. Placing antique end stands in the living room or repurposing traditional objects into lighting and decor marries the old with the new delightfully.

Modern furniture typically doesn’t have cutouts or carvings. Chairs, sofas and other furniture tends to have clean lines. However, recessed panels, hidden storage and other practical elements add functionality and interest. When it comes to modern furniture, silence is golden. So, noiseless technology such as gliding drawers and noise-canceling barriers fit into a modern home perfectly.

4. Consider Lighting Options Carefully

Lighting plays multiple roles in a modern home. For instance, uploading or downloading can showcase art pieces, statues or unique furniture. Choose windows treatments carefully to maximize natural light. This is good both for physical and mental health reasons and it forms the basis of a home’s lighting strategy.

Next, uncomplicated sconces (a traditional throwback) in circular shapes and structures or straight lines (with a modern twist) add another layer of light. Additionally, overhead pendant lights can bring in more illumination and create a focal point above a kitchen island or dining table. Meanwhile, LED ceiling lights can illuminate hallways without blinding adults and kids preparing for bedtime.

Modern chandeliers have come a long way and bring the ambiance without the extravagance of chandeliers of yesteryear. Incorporating both tabletop and standing lighting fixtures throughout the home creates complicated layers of lighting. When done correctly, this creates a warm, welcoming interior for family and friends.

Start With a Modern Home To Decorate to Your Taste

Grand Homes is a modern home builder in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. Serving nearly 200 communities, we build nearly 400 homes every year. Known for modern amenities and the tasteful incorporation of traditional elements, we produce quality homes for satisfied homeowners. Our knowledgeable team can give you more ideas of how to incorporate your favorite traditional pieces in your modern home.

Contact us today for more information on how to plan and purchase a Grand Home in the Dallas area!

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