Published by Kartik Subramaniam
The one constant in home decor is that tastes are always changing. The styles that turned heads just a few years ago are now starting to roll eyes. What can you do to keep your home looking modern? Here’s a preview of what you’ll see in the coming year.
Patterned Hardwood Floors
Your home is more than just a place to dwell - it’s a way for you to express yourself. And while anyone can get a carpet, having a patterned hardwood floor is a true testament to your unique personality. A shape or pattern on your floor breaks up the monotony of plain flooring while adding an individual flourish that makes your floor all your own.
Taking a minimalist approach can also be highly effective. Instead of making a big shape, you can sporadically accent your floor with wood of a different shade. Think of a basketball court and the different pieces of wood you might see on the floor. It’s a neat way to approach the traditional yet trendy hardwood floor.
An overly black color scheme can appear a bit drab or even morbid. But using black accents to add to a bright color scheme is highly effective. The key is the idea of highlighting negative space -- in other words, the area surrounding objects in the room. If those items simply exist in a white room, they’re just there. A bit of black to accentuate your decor can break up the white, making the room appear bigger, fuller and more elegantly decorated. Of course, it’s easy to get carried away with accents of any kind, so start small and take a slow but steady approach toward getting your rooms to pop.
It’s well-known that the sun provides more than light -- it also provides a nice little boost of serotonin, which helps increase moods. Plus, natural light helps to save on lighting costs and reduces strain on the environment. Therefore, natural lighting is a natural fit in modern homes. Large windows and skylights are becoming more commonplace, enabling homeowners to save money while getting more exposure to the sun. It’s a win-win that benefits everyone, while also giving you a more fashionable home.
Light Colored Floors
With carpets less popular in modern times, your flooring matters more than ever. And a light colored floor can help to make your rooms look bigger and brighter. What’s more, light colored flooring pairs well with the patterns floors we discussed earlier, giving you something bold to go alongside a floor that’s easy on the eyes. Best of all, a light floor works in any type of house, from a sleek modern home to a more traditional cottage.
Versatile Spaces/Home Offices
With so many people working from home these days, an office is a must in any home. But what happens when you go back to work, especially if it’s not a full-time return to the office? You want a room that can function as an office, but can also be used in other ways. A room that’s an office now can also become a lounge, a display room, a guest room or any number of purposes. Use your imagination and find decor that works for the office and for any other uses you might have for that space.
Mixing Dark and Earthy Tones
Earth tones -- colors you typically see outside -- are frequently cited as home design staples. However, it’s not always clear how you should work in those colors. Mixing dark colors into those earthy tones helps those unique colors to stand out amid dark backgrounds. The combination can really make your earth tones pop, especially if you’re already utilizing bright rooms with light floorings and plenty of natural light. It’s a winning formula that’s sure to wow your guests and put a smile on your face every day.
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