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Portersville Urban Multi Light Pendant in Rusted Bronze
"The industrial style aesthetic isn’t going anywhere soon, and this pendant cluster is perfect for it!"
- A. Murray, Interior Designer
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Modern design can range from extreme to moderate. You can go ultra-modern and design with all hard edges, black and white. Or, you could go with a softer modern look. This living room is a perfect example of successfully finding that balance.
While the living room design is modern, there's a certain level of ease and comfort, the kind you would find in a Summer home, but not your typical urban loft.
We think you can have it all when it comes to home design. The key to achieving a combination of styles is in the materials. Selecting a modern ceramic lamp, for example, will contribute to the softer design aesthetic because of the material. However, the modern form of the lamp will maintain the contemporary design of the overall room.
The seagrass pendant is a perfect idea for adding texture.
This 3-seater sofa, while modern in form, features a warm upholstery that's easy to cuddle up on.
You wouldn't want all of your furnishings to be heavy and textured, that's why this antiqued metal coffee table is perfect.
This ceramic table lamp is the perfect combination of modern and rustic.
Soften up any modern design with a comfy pouf in the room.
This wood storage console makes a great contribution to a soft modern design.
Image: Euro Style Lighting
Image from Domaine
Mirrors reflect your home style.
As much as I love art for decorating modern homes, I love wall mirrors equally. There's one large (pun intended) benefits to using mirrors in your home and that's to make your space look larger.
But they do more than that, with all the styles currently out there, you can help define or redefine your home style with modern wall mirrors, depending on the frame, shape and application of your mirrors.
Enderson Antique Gold Tall Wall Mirror
This antique gold rectangular mirror can hang vertically or lean on a mantel horizontally like the modern living room above.
Image from Kokkenskaberne
Modern bathrooms are the most common place for wall mirrors.
The bathroom, which is the most likely place to find a wall mirror, doesn't have to follow the typical pattern of medicine cabinet or heavy frame.
Try something like this stylish space above, try over sized and frameless.
Round Beveled 42-Inch Frameless Wall Mirror
Images from Architectural Digest, Remodelista, Inspired by This, Stylizmo Blog
Alternative ways to design with mirrors.
Don't limit yourself, there's tons of creative ways to incorporate mirrors in your modern home. Check out these awesome spaces above... You can design your kitchen with mirrored tile or place a super over sized mirror that extends two floors.
Images: Domaine, Kokkenskaberne Set of 4 - Architectural Digest, Remodelista, Inspired by This, Stylizmo Blog
Image from Euro Style Lighting
Art glass lamps can provide modern elegance for any room in your home.
Whether you want to add a little color or keep things simple, art glass lamps are an easy way to add modern elegance to your home.
The antique style mercury glass lamp, with its three gourd shape and white linen shade provides the perfect amount of light exposure in this whimsical bedroom. Modern art glass lamps are great for providing stylish lighting of course, bu their glass bases also play with daylight in a pretty way as well.
Mercury Glass 26 1/2-Inch-H Triple Gourd Table Lamp
If you want a casual home design that includes lots of light, both natural and artificial, but also a little color then you should definitely try a soft color glass lamp. This living room below is a perfect example of this.
You can provide your living room with casual elegance by using a glass-based table lamp.
This glass table lamp provides both a calming hue and natural texture for the living room above.
Recycled Aqua Glass with Natural Burlap Table Lamp
You don't have to limit your use of art glass to soft and calming room designs. You can also find bold styles for brave modern spaces, like this office space below.
Between the art work and the glass lamp, this clean office has just the right amount of color. The clean white surface of that modern desk contributes to organization and productivity.
Possini Euro Marlin Blue Art Glass 26-Inch-H Table Lamp
Images: Euro Style Lighting
Image from the Happy Housie
Fall style details for your home can be as simple or complex as you want.
Want to make your home Fall-ready in five minutes or less? And do it without smothering the house in flaccid browns and tepid oranges?
The leaves are changing shades and so can your floor and table lamps. A new lamp shade can immediately impact the vibe of your home, as in the photo at the top of this post. A fresh palette and playful patterned lamp shades can change a room.
Another option is to keep things pristine this Autumn:
Image from BuzzFeed
Simple designs, without a lot of color, can also work well for your home in the Fall.
Look for simple juxtapositions with white pumpkins, black accents and try covering the lamp in a white lamp shade.
Or if you absolutely must give the harvest season its due props, then just go au naturale:
Image from Nuevo Estilo
Lots of texture and natural colors are great for Fall decor.
Don't have the time or budget to collect antique baskets and mid-century furniture like in the photo above? Pop a few burlap lamp shades on your fixtures and you're good instead. It's autumn after all. Fall-ify your home in five minutes and start enjoying it!
Images: The Happy Housie, BuzzFeed, Nuevo Estilo
Image from SF Girl by Bay
There's lots of temporary decor ideas for apartment living.
I know that some of you peruse the internet for design blogs looking for inspiration and then give up because you realize you live in an apartment. Although there are limitations to apartment living, there is no reason you shouldn't be able to create a stylish environment that you feel comfortable in.
The first issue is often lighting because no one wants to deal with electrical, I get it. Neither do I. But modern swag lamps are a very easy solution... All you need is a hook, never mind all the electrical hassle!
Seagrass Giclee Glow Drum Shade 10-Inch-H Swag Pendant
You can help any space feel more like home with soft textures, layered or not. Decorative pillows, area rugs, throws are all great ideas. But I love the idea of using a faux fur rug to drape over furniture.
One of the easiest ways to upgrade and add personality to any space is with paint. You can select a fun or classic color and paint all your walls, one of your walls or half of one wall. With paint, you can be as risky as you want, or not at all.
Image from Cubicle Refugee
Paint your walls a fun color for temporary apartment living.
Installing shelving is another great way to add dimension to your design without permanently impacting the home. There are different shelving units you can buy, some that need to be drilled into the wall or just free standing shelves.
But even the ones that need drilling will only require you to fill a few holes before leaving. Not a big deal at all, and allowed by most owners.
Image from Avenue
Stylish bedroom design with temporary shelving.
Contemporary Arteriors Home Worchester Gold Leaf Bookshelf
Another great way to make a rental feel like home is with wall art. Whether you use one piece of art, or design a gallery wall, you'll add instant personality and make your place feel more like home.
Dining room design with wall art.
Nothing can make a home, bought or rented, feel more comfortable and warm than drapery. I personally love sheer drapery because it's soft and flows beautifully. If you want a little more privacy, just double it up.
Image from Decor 8
Sheer drapery creates a whimsical bedroom design.
Images: SF Girl by Bay, Cubicle Refugee, Avenue, SF Girl by Bay, Decor 8
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