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“When lighting looks like art, you know you have a winner!”
- D. Shultz, Interior Designer
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Whether you are attracted to a more minimal style or you are an avid collector, black and white spaces can be the perfect palette for you. They give off a stylish vibe that can only be created with a lack of color and a splash of sophistication.
The best way to create this look is by painting the walls white and incorporating modern black furniture and accessories. The room shown above has a sleek black leather sofa displayed in an all white space, creating a great contrast.
Image from Design Sponge
This space has a black fireplace that looks amazing against white walls. There’s also a black buffet that compliments the black fireplace. If you are wanting to fill in your space with complimenting accessories, use gold accents and a little greenery.
Also, you can never go wrong using contemporary ceiling lights to brighten your entertaining areas.
Image from A Merry Mishap
Using white and black prints can create a minimally modern style. Frame them in thin and simple white or black frames to not take away from the prints themselves.
Image from Show Home
Here’s a perfect black and white living room, complete with a rad gallery wall. They have really taken this black and white trend seriously. There is no color in site and it’s just perfect that way.
Images: Bloesem, Design Sponge, A Merry Mishap, Show Home
Image from Yatzer
Dining rooms are the perfect opportunity to really make a statement with your lighting choices. Whether you choose a pendant or chandelier, one or two fixtures and go for either a contemporary or traditional piece, you're bound to impress guests with a show stopping fixture.
I've rounded up a few of my very favorite statement chandeliers for you.
Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier, Schonbek Bordeaux Bronze 32-Inch-H Chandelier, White Glass Chip Satin Nickel 12-Inch-W Chandelier, Robert Abbey Bling Bronze Adjustable Two Light Pendant, Wesley Modern Aged Brass 15-Inch-H Robert Abbey Chandelier, Gwen Modern White 20-Inch-H Possini Euro Chandelier
Metallics are very on-trend this year, so choosing a shiny brass, gold or silver finish for your chandelier is a great way to bring that trend to life in your home. If you prefer all-white decor, the large modern white chandelier shown above might be the perfect touch for your dining room (or any other room, for that matter!)
For the apartment or small abode dwellers, the small bling chandelier in the bottom right corner above, would provide a bit of glam to your space without taking up too much visual space. It would sit pretty over a small round table, quaint enough for your morning tea or a casual dinner with friends and family.
Image: Yatzer / Photo by Andrea Savinifor Yatzer
There's something infectious about eclectic design; you know, that not-easily-recreated look in which classical usually abuts modern. The House Hotel Galatasaray, in Istanbul, Turkey, is a sterling example of this approach.
The hotel in a word? Grand. In two more words? Tastefully so. Original moldings are whitewashed and blend beautifully with exposed wood and refined modern sconces.
The renovation of this 120 year old space takes a refined approach in which only a tightly curated selection of classically modern lighting fixtures occur repeatedly in public and private spaces.
Intricate molding befitting a Turkish mansion may not be all that easy to come by in a contemporary house, but lighting fixtures with gold and brass finishes can evoke that classic yet modern vibe:
Twin Arm Antique Brass Raschella Table Lamp, Jonathan Adler Meurice Antique Brass Metal Wall Sconce, Dalton Satin Brass Arteriors Home Floor Lamp
...or if you don't feel like living with the look 365 days a year, book a flight to Istanbul. Remember to book your room in advance: the House Hotel Galatasaray has only 20 suites.
Do you consider your bedroom a relaxing space? I find that when a space looks visually relaxing it is easier to physically relax, rest, and, in turn, sleep. Creating a calming bedroom in your modern home is an important key to happiness in your abode.
Life can be complicated and, sometimes, our style can be too. The bedroom is a great space, in your home to keep simple. In fact, it doesn’t take much at to make the space a perfect place to snooze.
I love the idea of keeping a bedroom as neutral as possible and then adding in a few key pieces that bring instant character and interest to the room.
The best place to start is with simple white bedding. This often makes you feel like you are at a luxurious hotel. Next, focus on stylish bedside lighting. Do you prefer a modern lamp style for today's trendy bedroom, a gorgeous chandelier or maybe some refined modern sconces on either side of the bed? Great lighting brings beauty and function. And, don’t be afraid to add in some color. A calming pop of color on a lampshade, pillow or rug, goes a long way and brings just the right amount life.
Finish the space with the necessities, like a rug to keep your feet warm when you step out of bed, a bedside table or lounge chair to collect your books and an alarm clock to wake you! With a bedroom like this you’ll never want to get out of bed.
Images: Vtwonen, Wonderful Home, Style At Home
Image from Lady
Form and geometry is a defining element in modern home design. Geometric shapes, polyhedrons, perfect circles and smooth ovals create those simple, minimal lines that modern design is famous for.
Little ornamentation allows for the eye to rest and lends a sleek, clean look to a room.
Image from Gosto
Geometric shapes in design are a huge trend right now. Have you noticed triangle-print wallpapers, faceted planters, jewel-shaped lamps in all of the design magazines? It's a trend that I dig because it's clean and modern, but still adds a ton a visual interest to a space.
Here is a roundup of some of my favorite geometric design objects right now. Each of these modern lamp styles for today's contemporary home make the home feel current, but can also work in other contexts--like more eclectic spaces or even more transitional homes.
Geodesic Cube Modern Resin 23-Inch-H Table Lamp, Tetra Tiffany Style 7-Inch-W Pendant Chandelier, Robert Abbey Pythagoras Polished Nickel Modern Pendant Light, Marymount Modern Black and White 47-Inch-W Coffee Table, Thumprints Espresso Bronze Cast Metal 29-Inch-H Table Lamp, Hoku Cyan Blue Ceramic 32-Inch-H Table Lamp, Tad Geometric White Lacquer 21 1/2-Inch-H Side Table, Contemporary Delta Ash 22 1/2-Inch-H Robert Abbey Table Lamp
What do you think of the geo trend?
Images: Lady, Gosto
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