It's easy to be impressed when you
enter someone's modern sanctuary. Clean lines, sleep furniture,
striking solid colors, and lush fabrics make the elements of
contemporary design stunning, memorable, and irresistible. But how
can one accomplish this sophisticated design? Here are my tips for
creating a contemporary space that will be your sanctuary for years
The Measuring Tape is Your Friend: It
cannot be stressed enough that the foundation to any design must
begin with measurements. Measure the length of each wall, and even
the height of the room from ceiling to floor. Then, make sure to
measure any piece of furniture you're considering adding to the
space. No matter how wonderful it is, if it's too big or too small
it'll stick out and not in a good way.
A Place for Everything and Everything
in its Place: The contemporary look is characterized by a clean,
clear, open space. This means no clutter! This might be the toughest
of all to manage, so you've got to make sure, when you're starting
your design, to incorporate appropriate storage. Consider
under-the-bed drawers, chests in complementing colors, and recessed
shelving in the walls to make sure you've got plenty of space for
your stuff without any of it stepping on the toes of your design.
Solid Colors: The modern look is also
defined by striking foundation colors, to which you can add splashes
of accent colors. The most commonly used colors are black, white, and
silver, but try purple or chocolate for a regal or warm atmosphere.
Or choose something completely different - the key is that whatever
color you choose will be the base color, the one you're most likely
going to use on the walls, floor, and in matching furniture.
Accessories: Once you've figured out
your base color, now you can choose accent colors for accessories
like throw pillows, wall hangings, curtains, bedspreads, vases, and
anything else you can think of to add flair to your room. This is
where the contemporary design really shines. With the right
accessories, you can change the look and feel of your room at any
time - without going through all the work of painting, carpeting, and
buying furniture. Mix a black background with red and white
accessories for a breath-taking look, or mix chocolate and hunter
green for a contemporary look with a nod to nature. Use your
imagination and come up with the color blends and atmosphere that's
right for you.
Lights!: You'd be amazed at how much
difference even a single light can make. Besides ensuring that you
have plenty of natural light from windows, you should also make sure
to include lamps with bright tubes or higher wattage bulbs. Look for
unique lamps in interesting shapes to add a "modern sculpture"
look to your contemporary design. Once you've found the lamps that
are right for you, make sure to place them strategically to add
spotlight to your favorite areas in the room.
Furniture: No room is complete without
the furniture. For the modern look, you want to go minimalist. Unique
designs are a plus as long as they accent the design rather than
taking away from it. Choose pieces with clean, simple lines and a
sleek, shiny look that match your base and foundation colors. For
instance, if you're going for black as your base color, choose a
wooden bed frame with a lustrous black finish and accent the bed with
a red or white comforter. Or choose a chair of ebony wood with rich,
red velvet upholstery.
Simple, comfortable, and open are the
keys to remember when creating your Contemporary Bedroom design. If a
piece catches your eyes, you can design your entire room around it
using these simple tips. Do you have other ideas for contemporary
bedroom design. Share your experience and knowledge here! Or, if you
have questions you'd like to see answered, leave a comment below and
you might see your question in an upcoming blog! Until next time:
keep your lighting ample and your tape measure ready!