Home Décor: How to Style Your Home’s Interior in Modern Classic Design
I get a lot of questions on what style my home is. If you are thinking of switching the interior design style of your home or even just a bit curious. Fall in love with modern classic interior design with me.
What is it?
Modern classic interior design is a timeless interior design style that fuses together elements of traditional design with contemporary aspects through the use of iconic pieces. Believe me, once you get to learn more about this style, you’ll surely fall in love with it.
What is modern classic interior design?
Modern classic interior design follows the concept of form-follows-function. This style focuses primarily on practicality and function. You know I love beautiful spaces that are thoughtfully designed where things also have a purpose. Can we say heaven!
If you ever scrolled through Pinterest and Instagram and found aesthetic interior spaces with simple yet iconic furniture pieces, that is perhaps an example of a modern classic interior design composition. Iconic furniture pieces are the hallmarks of this interior style. Think West Elm, Restoration Hardware, or CB2. These stores give sophisticated modern luxury. Placing at least two to three iconic elements will undoubtedly make your interior design composition a classic one.
Ready to design your home in modern classic style? Here are several tips on how.
- Pick a color scheme
A neutral and a strong color palette are two opposing color schemes that can be used to create a modern interior. There is no definite rule that says you should stick to neutrals or to something colorful. The same rule applies to adding a fun pattern, like an animal print. You can even blend the two together and still pull off the look.
For achieving a more elegant and classical look, opt for a color scheme with a stronger color set such as tangerine, avocado, ochre, orange, brown, mustard yellow, and other dark pastels.
- Integrate iconic furniture
It’s not modern classic without classic furniture pieces like velvet and leather tufted sofas and slipper accent chairs. Shop for these iconic contemporary pieces in stores like CB2, Restoration Hardware, and West Elm. These furniture pieces are the hallmarks of the modern classic style. When designing your spaces in this style, add iconic furniture pieces to completely make it look modern classic.
- Style with rugs
Rugs are the perfect accent to complement your iconic furniture pieces. They help define your space and make it look cozy and warm. I love to use rugs to add that pop of color or visual interest. You can either go for a subtle or bold color or patterns depending on the concept of the artistic expression you want to convey. Be creative when choosing your rugs and add a bit of your personal style.
- Hang a modern chandelier
Unlike other interior design styles, modern aesthetic puts great emphasis on its lighting design. The lighting design of a modern space is elegant but not pretentious. Chandeliers add glamour and elegance to any space. Modern classic chandeliers and pendant lights can act as statement pieces and it has a visually interesting shape and style that seems to tie the look of the room together at one single glance.
- Decorate your bookshelves
Another trademark of modern interiors is bookshelves and bookcases. Any house would benefit greatly from having a classic bookshelf. It enhances the look of your home’s interior and brings a touch of heritage and elegance. Additionally, it tells visitors a lot about your preferences and outlook on life.
- Decorate walls with mirrors
Mirrors are the ideal decorative accent for any kind of decor. Any space in your house gains a light an airy yet sophisticated aesthetic. A mirror, when strategically positioned, may accentuate a stunning outdoor scene by being placed opposite a garden entrance or window, or it can enlarge a space by reflecting light into the space. The modern era utilizes like artworks on walls. One of the most popular and widely used mirror designs is the antique mirror. It is usually placed in living rooms, above fireplace mantels, near the entryway, and sometimes in hallways.
- Don’t forget wood elements
Wood in knobs, shelves, flooring, ceiling, and other decorative elements and interior architectural features can add warm to an otherwise neutral space.
It’s simple to become obsessed with modern classical interior design concepts, but what if you don’t fit squarely into this style? That’s okay. Feel free to add pieces that speak to you. I love to add luxurious accents, such as brass, lots of velvet, and flowers to make modern classic luxe. Is that a thing, I’m not sure! But it makes me happy in my home, so I encourage you to follow your gut in yours and don’t be afraid to add a bit of personality. If you get stuck, look for inspirations and ideas, create a mood board with your initial idea, or better yet, seek the advice and help of a professional.
Remember the design tips mentioned above when you start planning on your interior design project and don’t forget to have fun in the process! You got this!