Our way of life has changed drastically during the last few decades. Our schedules are getting tighter, we have less free time and we seem to value functionality over everything else. That’s why our homes have to change to keep up with our way of living. Here’s how you can design a home that will meet all the demands of your busy, modern life.
Words: Catherine Collins
Opt for open space:
If you’re aiming to create a modern interior, opt for an open space floor plan. This way, even the smallest of homes can look airy and spacious. Design designated areas for lounging, dining, cooking and working to keep the space organized and well-thought-out. If you want to have an open space and still have some privacy in your home, you can opt for glass dividers that will provide you with a visual connection between different spaces while still offering enough privacy. If you don’t have a way to create an open floor plan in your home, you can utilize colour, furniture and fabrics to achieve the appearance of an open space.
Technology is an integral part of modern living, so don’t forget to introduce it into your home. Opt for flat TVs, built-in DVD players and slim portable computers. They will provide you with all the technology you need to stay connected to the world while staying true to the simple and clean design of the space.
Modern homes are all about simplicity, minimalism and uncluttered spaces. Clutter makes us nervous and stressed, and when you combine that with our busy way of life, you get a lethal combination. However, that doesn’t mean you have to give up comfort and beautiful designs. Simply keep your space clutter-free by organizing and unburdening your shelves, going easy on unnecessary accessories and equipping your space with enough storage solutions.
Choose natural, durable and low-maintenance materials:
Modern interior design and organic materials fit very well together, even if it sounds a bit contradictory. So, blend nature with contemporary decor by introducing natural materials into your home. Use wood or stone on accent walls, for flooring or simply add a few potted indoor plants. Another perk of the modern design is low-maintenance, so opt for wipeable paint, wooden or tiled floors, machine-washable fabrics and finishes that don’t need constant care. Time is money, and you can’t afford to spend it on constantly cleaning your home.
Devote attention to your bathroom:
Modern homeowners care about bathrooms as much as they care about their living rooms, so make sure your bathroom matches the style of the rest of your home. Follow the clean and smooth decor style with decluttered space, big mirrors and relaxing, neutral colour pallet. Another great way to elevate the look of your bathroom is to install a sleek freestanding bath. They are a perfect way to relax and unwind after a busy workday.
Create space for socializing:
Unfortunately, many modern families rarely get to spend quality time together, so it’s important to create a space that will encourage communication and socializing. Create a comfy, stylish living room that will inspire you to all to enjoy spending time together.
Let there be light:
Forget about traditional box-like spaces with dark interiors and opt for modern airy and light spaces that will make you feel invigorated and motivated to tackle every day. Natural light is the healthiest and best type of lighting, so try to maximize the amount of sunlight in your home by installing big windows or skylights and putting up light curtains. When it comes to artificial light, you can turn to recessed lighting that will further emphasise the contemporary feel of the space.
So, don’t let your home fall behind your modern lifestyle. Open up the space, make it light and airy, employ contemporary design and your home will perfectly match your way of life, and it will be completely up-to-date with current interior trends.