Lighting, furniture choice and textiles are all important
Each week City Spaces gives you tips on interior design by designers from around the world who work on luxury properties. This week we look at how to make a modern-designed space feel more cozy .
Modern-style décor has a specific point of view that’s often all about angles, minimalism and clean lines.
While the look is distinctive, it can leave a space feeling cold. But, modern décor doesn’t have to be stark. By adding some decorative touches, you can still have a contemporary effect that also includes a homey vibe. Here, advice from the pros for warming things up.
Add Some Atmosphere
"The use of texture—whether for a sofa’s upholstery, curtains, rugs, artwork, all of which create a panorama of different textures and materials—creates a more interesting, complex look.
"I always appreciate low lighting, both floor-standing and table-standing. This can have a dramatic effect on the feeling that washes over you upon entering the space—and can make it seem cozy, by highlighting different pieces and corners of the room.
"Color sets the emotional tone of the space, lending a special mood and creating another layer of design without using any material. I usually favor cooler, nature colors—shades of greens and blues accented with neutral, serene splashes.
"Plants and flowers are an easy and elegant way to infuse life and a real natural accent in the space. Some even clean the air and bring in the great outdoors.
"Floor coverings and rugs can create warm, intimate spaces. Curtains and window treatments also soften the light. Curtains can also be used to cover walls to soften and warm the space. I prefer wooden furniture for a soft, warm feel over colder materials. Small seating areas feel homey and individualized with the addition of cushions and pillows."
— Tel Aviv-based designer Lauren Reik
Give it a Personal Touch
"To soften [austere spaces], supple rich textures and textiles are very important. Color, texture, and patterns are all extremely important in achieving a timeless, warm composition.
"In modern settings, architectural lighting is important in delineating the space. Being able to create shadows in interior spaces is what creates mood.
However, to create warmth and intimacy, decorative lighting like table and floor lamps are equally as effective. They tend to give more of a warm glow at a sitting level and accentuate the textiles selected for the space.
"My favorite rugs are silk because they look luxurious while creating warmth and delineating space. It’s what anchors the room setting and gives a platform for the furniture.
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