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Hello modern parents! How many of you wish your kids toys were more attractive, since they all have to exist in your modern home?
You're not alone, which is why smart designers are creating contemporary products for kids, like these awesome cardboard houses below.
Images from Dezeen
We understand that it's not always the toys that disrupt your design style. We wrote a post for Kids Bedroom Design Ideas that should give you some fun ideas for design elements other than toys. There's lots of products out there to help raise your modern kids with style, like table lamps with night lights!
Don't forget, something as simple as piling a bunch of colorful accent pillows creates a whimsical aesthetic in any room and is fun for kids to enjoy.
Images: Toertjes & Pateekes, Dezeen
Image from Remodelista
As a lover of hardwood floors, I have to admit I'm starting to fall for concrete flooring. It's the ultimate clean and modern. And if you're like me and you love all-white spaces, concrete floors are a fun way to maintain that aesthetic without actually having white floors.
Since concrete is such a hard surface, it's important to include lots of soft materials with home textiles, such as drapery, throws and accent pillows. You can even add textiles through lighting, by using such things as burlap lamp shades.
Image from Blood & Champagne
This loft style home does a great job at not only including textiles, but mixing lots of warm and fun patterns. This is one of the benefits to large open spaces.
Also, the wood beams and cabinets are a beautiful contrast to the concrete floors.
The narrow dimensions of this modern kitchen design benefits from the concrete floors. Tile or wood might make this kitchen look a little smaller. Also, those high ceilings are ideal for modern pendant lighting!
Image from Decorators Notebook
This modern bathroom is perfectly simple, with just enough texture to add interest. The basket pairs wonderfully with the throw, both of them warming up the cool concrete floors.
Here's a resource for how to DIY stained concrete floors.
Images: Remodelista, Blood & Champagne, Remodelista, Decorators Notebook
Image from Remodelista
My weekends this Summer have been all about getting the home together, and my current focus is on the bedroom. Which led to an interesting realization: for bedside lighting, I absolutely love modern wall sconces and wall lights.
House of Troy Cambridge Brass Wall Lamp, George Kovacs Saber Gold with Opal Glass Wall Sconce, Dark Bronze Gooseneck Swing Arm Wall Lamp
The bedroom at heart should be a place for relaxing and disconnecting. Muted colors, simple details and minimal fuss will help you achieve this.
Image from Yatzer
It's in this less-is-more approach to bedroom design that the wall light really shines. It frees up the bed stand for important things like a bunch of freshly-cut flowers and the ever-necessary glass of water.
Image from Casa Sugar
Best of all, for a quick install without the help of an electrician, plug-in wall lamps are as easy as hanging a picture. I couldn't help but show off our own Cori Magee's bedroom as featured on our own Kirsten Grove's site Simply Grove (below):
Image from Simply Grove
When Cori first showed me her home photos, I loved the casual way she allowed the cords to dangle casually and comfortable from the fixture.
And let's face it: when it comes to beside lighting, nothing beats casual and comfortable.
Images: Remodelista, Yatzer, Casa Sugar, Simply Grove
Image from Nordic Design
Art is a very personal element to any home. Whether you enjoy family photos on your wall or high end pieces, art is the best way to add personality to your decor.
You can keep it simple with one large piece of art, like this image above.
Images from Style Logistics / Bungalow 5
Beautiful modern chandeliers contrasted with modern task lighting is a brilliant pair used to illuminate this cool wall gallery above. Lighting from above and the side is a great way to light the space without disturbing the art collection.
Floor lamps are also a great way to light the room without obstructing the art wall.
Image from The Design Files
Who says you have to hang your art? You don't! This bedroom design is casually elegant with its love for greenery and a beautiful piece of art leaning on the dresser.
Images: Nordic Design, Style Logistics, Bungalow 5, The Design Files
Image from The Boo and The Boy
One reason kids rooms are so fun to design is because a little can go a long way. Whether it's unique pendant lighting or decorative garland, a kids room should be infused with personality.
One really fun idea is to display their favorite books. Not only will they help you find them each night, but their cover designs act as little pieces of art.
Image from Smam
Be sure to include a small area that includes seating for kids so they can work on art, homework and crafts. This room above has adorable tiny chairs surrounding an industrial stool for a table, which is a great example of stylish design on a small budget.
Images from Varpunen, Time of the Aquarius, Kuzumodasi
Kids love the idea of getting creative with their beds. And if you're having difficulty getting them to want to go to bed each night, this could be the answer!
If you're a modern parent and have any design tips to add, please add a comment... We'd love to hear from you.
Images: The Boo and The Boy, Smam, Varpunen, Time of the Aquarius, Kuzumodasi
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