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Small space decorating can often be a struggle, but we have some tips for how to manage your tiny modern home. There's a few strategies you can implement, along with specific elements such as space-saving floor lamps, modern nesting tables or decorative mirrors.
This image above demonstrates the stylish benefits of nesting tables. Pull them out when you need more surface space or tuck them away on a daily basis.
Sometimes, with small spaces different areas overlap. Like this tiny dining area and kitchen above. The absolute best way to visually distinguish areas is with lighting. For small spaces, small pendant lighting is ideal. And if it sparkles, even better!
Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors! Whether you hang them on the wall or lean them on the floor, framed mirrors are a super easy way to help a space look larger than it is. Plus if you choose wisely, the style of frame can add tons of personality to a room as well.
Lean, and unobtrusive floor lamps are a key factor in small space living. You need light, but are often times short on surface area for table lamps.
If you have any questions or need some additional advice, don't hesitate to post a comment... Good luck with your tiny space!
Images: Your Ideas, Miriam Kenly, La Maison, Marry Bee
Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, not to mention beautiful. This makes them a sustainable decor option, as well as an effective use for stylish and modern home decorating ideas.
In addition to being used to construct all kinds of modern design objects, from flooring and furniture to home accessories, they have culinary and medicinal uses. They have also been used to create everything from paper to musical instruments and even textiles.
In China, bamboo is a symbol of longevity and in India it symbolizes friendship. It's no wonder that bamboo has been used for centuries to inspire and decorate homes around the world and continue to upgrade modern home styles today.
Image courtesy of Décor Demon
Besides its versatility and sustainability, I think it's a gorgeous plant with its segmented hollow stems and delicate leaves.
It's a playful way to bring the outdoors in.
Bamboo can be used as inspiration, like with these bamboo-shaped table legs on the brass tray table above, or as a material like with these bamboo base table lamps, or even as a motif like the bamboo print pendant lamp.
Adding bamboo in your modern home will add sustainability and create a look that is at once organic, laid back and chic.
1. Brushed Steel Lush Bamboo Giclee 5 1/2-Inch-H Pendant 2. Rift Reclining 24-Inch-H Nova Lighting Table Lamp 3. Jonathan Adler Meurice Antique Brass Metal Wall Sconce 4. Gold Leaf Bamboo Rectangular 32-Inch-H Tray Table 5. Thumprints Nandina Bamboo 31-Inch-H Unique Table Lamp 6. Collapsible Rice Paper Bamboo 51-Inch-H Floor Lamp 7. Stanton Bronze Metal Dimond Floor Lamp with Tray Table
Images: The Z Hush, Décor Demon
What is the purpose of vacation? To disconnect. Relax. Recharge. Be inspired. Assuming so, it would then follow that those goals should serve as guiding principles in any modern luxury hotel design.
Set amid the streets of historic Belgrade, Square 9 hits the mark.
Public spaces such as the check-in desk (above) are both wide and open. Appointed with comfy recliners and contemporary lamps for living room and office settings, the spa (below) has a particularly relaxing feel.
Guest rooms have a handsome, minimalist look:
There's a classic modern design theme that runs throughout the luxury hotel. Mid-century inspired modern sconces and wood paneling underscore the refined aesthetic that permeates the space.
Disconnect. Relax. Recharge. Be Inspired? That's shouldn't just be the goal of a luxury hotel design.
Design with these ideas in mind at home too. We're particularly happy with how his and hers wall lamps add a comforting, golden touch to the bedside.
Top to bottom: Holtkoetter Bernie Turbo Brushed Brass Swing Arm Wall Lamp, Holtkoetter Bernie Brass Wall Lamp
Every time my hotel bill creeps up near $200/night or above (not all that often, mind you), I find myself doing the math. For the cost of a few nights, it's possible to deck out your room at home for the entire year. Something to think about when you book your next dream vacation.
Images: e-architect, Square Nine
Above image courtesy of Tend Hunter
I've been a long time fan of Hans Wegner's Wishbone chairs. They have a classic feel to them. They're one of those pieces that are rustic, yet modern. When scouring through magazines and Pinterest you can find them trending big time!
I love the way they come in different hues, which makes them easier to go into any dining room to reflect the home's style. They pair perfectly with contemporary light fixtures like in this image below from Jill Stein.
Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs
Your dining room style is an extension of your kitchen - whether or not they are next to each other, they should tie into one another. As you may know, these wishbone style dining chairs are not inexpensive. Lucky for us, there are similar chairs for less than half the price of the original. Now, it might not be the original, but if you want the look, this is a great alternative to put in your home!
Wishbone Dark Brown Wood Side Chair
Why not make your modern dining room stylish and trendy with these Wishbone chairs like in this image above from Craft & Culture? You won't regret this update to your home!
Would you add these to your dining room?
Images: Trend Hunter, Jill Stein Interior Design, Craft and Couture
Art, furniture, area rugs, wall paint, wood floors........ All of these elements play a role into how awesome any modern home can look. But sometimes it's the subtle detail, like a contemporary table lamp that makes all the difference in trendy home styles!
This space above, designed by Emily Henderson, has all the right elements, including a little of the newest design in contemporary table lamps for living room spaces, which grounds the gallery wall and bring the artwork down to the furniture level.
Plus, appropriate light in the evenings is always a plus.
To be clear, trendy modern lighting is not just for late-night book reading or entertaining. Contemporary table lamps can be the pop of color a room needs, like in this image above from Caitlin Wilson.
Trying to work with a small space? Transparency is key. This image from Fancy Home Design is a great example with transparent seating and a stylish table lamp. None of which clutters the tiny office space.
This sort of whimsically, modern living room above from The Style Files uses baroque-style table lamps to add some personality. We love the boldness of black in any space.
Here's some options to get the looks above.
1. Vienna Full Spectrum Stacked Chain 26-1/2-Inch-H Table Lamp 2. Baroque Black Acrylic 20-Inch-H Table Lamp 3. Delta Nickel Schiaparelli Pink Robert Abbey Table Lamp 4. Modern Splash Vanilla Ceramic Rectangular Table Lamp
Images: Emily Henderson, Caitlin Wilson, Fancy Home Design, The Style Files
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