Modern furnishings add simple sophistication and interest to any room. The clean lines, fresh colors, and simple details are very pleasing to the eye. In recent years, we have seen very heavy traditional looks emerge from the major furniture manufacturers. I feel that the “modern style” is a welcome change. Here are some guidelines on how to add the modern style to your own home.
1. Jump In. Select one modern piece that appeals to you and you will be on your way. Don’t be intimidated by mixing traditional with modern. Think of it as a piece of artwork that is an accent in your room.
2. Look for Quality. Some people may think that buying modern furniture is going to cost them less money because the pieces are not as intricate or heavy. This is simply not so. Because the pieces are simpler, flaws are harder to hide. Make sure the pieces have a high quality finish, hardwood elements (nothing is made of fiberboard—like drawer bottoms or the back of the piece) and that nothing creaks or wobbles when you sit on it.
3. Seek Antiques. Most people do not think of antiques when they think of modern furniture, yet there are many mid-century modern pieces that are very popular these days. From newly made reproductions to antiques on eBay and 1st Dibs, you can discover a high-quality piece and start your own collection.
4. Start with Art, Lighting, or Accessories. Test the waters with something small but noticeable. In my home, the most modern element is the artwork and I really love it. Modern paintings and photos with simple black frames add a bold accent to your room.
So whether you have always been a fan of the modern style or if you are considering your first piece, I am confident that with a keen eye and the tips above you will find the perfect addition to your home.