Modern interior designs are no longer dominated by stylish but sterile contemporary looks * in fact, as with so many seasonal trends, the older or ‘retro’ styles are making a comeback of sorts.
Minimalism in its most aesthetically pleasing form is not entirely dead and many homeowners and developers continue to decorate their homes as if they were sleek designer showrooms. One hallmark of the contemporary look that has managed to establish itself is that rooms and living spaces are somewhat empty without ever being so * indeed, contemporary interiors often comprise plenty of features but little in the way of substance.
Although the contemporary interior decor is one to which many will aspire when redecorating their homes, for most people the look can feel barren, lifeless and austere * certainly no design for a family home. However, the contemporary design, which has traditionally been the preserve of the rich playboy or professional ‘never-at-home’ couple, has taken on a new form with the introduction of that to which it has long been opposed: clutter.
Indeed, the sleek contemporary design can be transformed into a usable family home with the odd compromise here and there. This is especially important for homeowners who wish to cling on to their stylish past despite the fact that their children are running riot over any such dreams. Of course, it is entirely possible to maintain that contemporary look whilst also introducing family (timber frame or electronic) photographs, symmetrically positioned ornaments, well-stocked book shelves and the odd keepsake here and there.
Notwithstanding this, it is crucial that any such items are positioned deliberately, as the random look does not mesh well with the contemporary feel. Moreover, lighting is extremely important when attempting to balance the modern look with the homely feel, so it is often useful to employ a range of overhead lights to create an interesting and inviting atmosphere.