Design Elements: Incorporating Modern

May 4, 2015

Unless you're already exposed to decorating with modern pieces, you may find that incorporating them into your decor the first few times may be a little intimidating.

During my experience as a first time homeowner I immediately started experimenting with a lot of  decorating. I was automatically drawn to traditional pieces, maybe some elements of country/cottage chic, but definitely nothing very modern. Overtime, as my tastes in decor developed, I became a lot more interested in having a balance of modern and traditional pieces. I was very drawn to the simple, "less is more", and Scandinavian modern style so I decided to make a conscious effort to think outside of my "traditional" vision when purchasing or redecorating my place so that I could include some modern or mid-century style pieces as well.

In case you're having the same struggle, here are a few ways to incorporate modern style into your decor. One way is through lighting, which is also a great way to let your funky, creative or spontaneous side show through because some of the fixtures are usually very unique and out of the ordinary.

All of these photos mix both  traditional and modern elements and decor with ease. These photos also demonstrate how modern lighting can be used as either a statement piece (photos 2 & 4) or as a more subtle feature, not meant to take away from the rest of the room.

Another way to incorporate doses of modern style is through adding a few pieces of modern furniture  to your decor.

From accent chairs, to coffee tables, to dining room hutches or bedroom dressers, the options are endless, there's sure to be something that would look wonderful paired together with your existing decor.

I hope some of these ideas are helpful! I'm on the lookout for a new mid-century styled coffee table, maybe something similar to the one in photo 7.

Don't forget to check in on Thursday for the big spare room reveal....I can't wait to have it completed and move onto the next project!

photos via: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8

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