Whether you're moving into a new home or just feel that your current interior décor has become a little tired, you should consider using aesthetics of contemporary condominium design concepts for redecorating. With some basic strategic planning, this style of interior design can complement most any style of home. Here are eight essential elements of modern condo design to inspire your next home decorating plans, from color palette suggestions to tips on textiles and flooring.
1. Embracing Basic Color Palettes
While not all modern condo interior design ideas are not limited to black and white, restricting your decorating palette to two colors can create a dramatic impact. In the picture, the homeowner has kept a dark blue and white color scheme, but this has been kept from being dull with the use of different textures, lighting, and splashes of warm natural wood.
A similar styling technique has been used for the bedroom pictured below:
The primary color scheme has been limited to soft creams and purples, with different textures and hues used to keep the room from looking flat. This has created an overall effect of relaxation and calm, which is ideal for a bedroom.
2. Keeping It Neutral
Another essential element of modern condo decor is a neutral color scheme (though we will discuss the technique of using bold colors further down). This can create crisp, clean lines, which look sophisticated and contemporary. You can keep the décor from becoming boring by using different textures (think area rugs, curtains, and accent pillows) and metallic decorative accents. In the picture, the use of a warm tone of flooring and fresh patterns keeps the room from being monotone, despite the white and cream being the only hues used in the remainder of the living room.
3. Wooden Floors
While there are some excellent flooring choices available on the market today, nothing helps balance the feeling of contemporary minimalism and traditional warmth better than wooden flooring. Wood floors can make the smallest spaces feel more expansive, yet they are durable and easy to maintain.
4. Be Bold With Color
Many contemporary condos and apartments often feature the judicious use of bold colors. While many homeowners may worry about creating a brash color scheme, this effect can still be accomplished with moderation. For example, in the picture above, the main color scheme is white, but the feature wall and couch are a bright green for maximum impact.
5. Adding Some Curves
Curves can make a big impact in your overall condo design plans! The kitchen in the picture is the perfect example of this sophisticated look. Not only are the countertops gently rounded, but also the wall and base cabinets have round edges. This creates a more futuristic and modern look, adding softness without the clutter that textiles can bring.
6. Showcase a Little Sparkle
When you are looking to create a more contemporary interior design, you should consider using a little shine and sparkle in your everyday household items. Shiny stainless steel appliances lend the visual interest and provide a functional purpose, or you can opt for a “sparkle” of vibrant colors and patterns, as in the decorative pillows pictured above. A little sparkle can add personality and fun into your theme without appearing too over the top.
7. Add Height
While many modern condominiums and apartments lack the ceiling height of larger, more traditional homes, this does not mean that your home needs to feel closed in. You can create the illusion of height with careful use of furniture. Full height cabinets, like those pictured above, will draw the eye up and add height.
8. Use Unusual Textures
Finally, you can avoid a bland and cold aesthetic with the use of interesting textures. In the apartment pictured above, the rough brick wall finish is juxtaposed with the smooth glass and metal to complement the soft furnishings.
How have you used this style to decorate your own home? Share your design stories and suggestions with us, and other homeowners, in the comments section below.