Interior Design Tips: August Edition
Can you believe we’re already into August! The year is flying by and we didn’t want to miss this opportunity to offer our interior design tips for the month of August.
In this post we’ll show you how to add a touch of contemporary style to any space; we’ll offer advice on what to do if you have an existing table and need new chairs; and we’ve got some unusual tips for creating a multi-functional bar cart.
Note that there is a difference between contemporary style and modern interior design, and while they do have similarities, contemporary home décor has a life of its own. Contemporary is classic, timeless, and ‘of-the’ moment’, thanks to a spare, light-handed take on decorating, ensuring it never feels dated.
Tips For Adding a Modern Touch To Your Home
Is COVID making you stir-crazy and you’re considering mixing up your interior style? Giving your home a little edge is a great idea, and while you may be a little concerned about introducing contemporary elements to your home, we want to assure you that it’s very achievable and will ultimately make your home look amazing.
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Contemporary style comes in various shapes and forms. Regardless of the style already established in a space, contemporary elements can work really well, provided it’s done right.
Many people believe contemporary style to be harsh and cold, but it’s actually the modern style that’s limiting and overtly minimal. Contemporary is serene, calming, peppered with a focus on decorative details, architectural elements, a concise colour palette, and attention to bold scale – the result is a warm, sophisticated space. Fundamental to achieving a balanced contemporary styled home are clean lines, simplicity, quiet drama, and plays on texture.
One of the best (and easiest) ways to introduce a contemporary edge to a space is to add sleek lines to create a clean look - this can be done though décor or furniture – this will maximise the feeling of spaciousness in your home.
Where to start? Begin by either adding a new furniture piece with contemporary elements, like a side table, or changing out an existing furniture piece like a coffee table. Features of this new addition might include metals, darker tones, or marble, all of which are the fundamentals of contemporary style. If you really love this look and want to step it up a notch, consider replacing a focal furniture piece or accessorise with contemporary homewares.
Choosing the Right Sofa for Contemporary Style
Who doesn’t love a beautiful sofa! To add to your new contemporary interior style, let’s choose the right sofa to complete this look. It’s not always easy to choose a timeless furniture item, so here are our suggestions on how to make that final choice.
- Look for something inviting and warm, but with sleek, clean lines that won’t be overshadowed by design trends and eras.
- Look for something with a straight back and rounded arms – this will keep the look structured, but soft.
- Our final suggestion is that you go for a metal or dark colour, with modern legs.
Further Tips For Refreshing Your Space With a Contemporary Feel
Listed below are our suggestions on how to refresh your space when implementing a contemporary style to your space –
Give your space a huge facelift by contrasting your space with colour and light. If your space currently consists of dark shades, you need to introduce some lighter hues to revamp the overall mood of the room; try adding a couple of pops of colour - you’ll be amazed at the difference just this one step will make to your space. Continue on with this theme by accessorising with homewares; it’s an easy and inexpensive way of switching your existing accessories out.
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When it comes to complementary pieces, darker colours are the way to go. If your space is on the lighter side, adding a darker item can be the one change that makes the difference. Try this by adding cushions, or even with bigger items like a coffee table or new sofa. When working with a light and airy room, the contrast of this new piece will emphasise the sleek lines in your space, creating a ‘light and shade’ moment.
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When working towards a contemporary design, layers and textures are vital. If you want your space to look upbeat and modern, you must style and adorn it. It’s the same as with an outfit; we accessorise an outfit with a scarf, hat, jewellery, and other items to create excitement and depth to the overall look, but we need to know when to pare it back. Decorating a room is exactly the same. Use this analogy when decorating contemporary style and it may be that you’ll see your space with fresh eyes. Visual interest can be added with a variety of materials, fabric textures, and homewares pieces strategically placed throughout the room.
Contemporary Design Ideas For Your Dining Room
Let’s start with some ideas for a multi-functional bar cabinet.
What makes a great bar cabinet? It’s certainly not its serving and drink holding features because most bar cabinets have these. What makes the difference is the overall feel, look, and ability of the cabinet to be styled.
A great bar cabinet has a generous surface space, which allows for the easy arrangement of your décor items. This in itself creates an interesting and exciting focal point. While your bar cabinet certainly has a functional purpose, it can also become the centrepiece of your room, so use this furniture item to liven up your space with texture and colour. Hamptons at Home Sydney has a wide range of bar cabinets to choose from, many with texture and warmth and great visual appeal. Many of these bar cabinets have ample room for storage and styling.
Help! I Have a Dining Table and Need to Match New Dining Chairs
The good news is that this is a common dilemma, and fortunately it’s not a problem at all. It’s just a different way of styling your dining room. Don’t worry that you’ll now be expected to purchase a matching set just because you’re switching up your interior design style.
Our key tip on how to coordinate your existing table with new dining chairs is to add texture through the purchase of your new dining chairs. Upholstered chairs are really ‘in’ at the moment, and they never date. Choose a natural colour like white, black, oatmeal, or even tan; or go for a modern hue like rust or sage.
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If you have a wooden dining table, upholstered chairs can be very complimentary to the grain in the wood. Plus, as you’re not required to match timber colours, it’s easy to coordinate because they’re so entirely different. Now, tie it all together by using some simple style tricks – accessories, table runners, cushions, all of these will work really well to achieve your contemporary look.
Contemporary interiors are welcoming and comfortable, without being dark and cluttered. Contemporary is a defined and deliberate use of texture, subtle sophistication, simplicity, and clean lines. A good way to describe contemporary interior design is that it’s more likely to showcase space rather than things.
Contemporary interior design is a timeless style; it’s a classic approach of using luxurious simplicity to bring a room together. It’s certainly a design style that’s easy to update and one that’s well worth the investment and the effort because it never goes out of style.