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When contemplating the “modern design” concept, most people immediately think of smooth contours, spartan contents, neutral tones, and ultra-contemporary furnishings. Like many novelties, modernized interior decors may appear somewhat understated at first blush. Upon closer examination of the matter, however, it becomes aptly apparent that this acquired taste has many advantages over more traditional options.
A Sign of Things to Come
“Contemporary” and “modern” are two terms that are often used interchangeably to describe a specific type of interior design. Despite the novel connotations of both names, this decorating innovation initially gained widespread popularity in America during the early 1960s. Widespread preoccupation with spaceships and aircraft was the phenomenon that first spawned the trend. As such travel modes became more common, public fascination with furnishings and decors that resemble flying things faded somewhat, which prompted modernist designs to take a less ostentatious, almost minimalistic route; and it is this style that has persevered and flourished over the ensuing decades.
Contemporary designs snub curvaceousness in favor of sharp borders, precise lines, and – at their most rotund – continuous unbent formations. Modern woodwork carvings, crown moldings, and doors are definitely different from those of yesteryear. Dominant shape and color coordination is now defined in terms like “flat,” “narrow,” “round,” and “plain.” Contemporary interior home furnishings, for their part, feature spartan linear contours which often present in
conformity with aerodynamics (as did the first spacecraft-inspired contemporary decor of the 1960s). A typical example of this is the single-color leather sectional sofas that have become popular in recent years. In the same vein, contemporary floors are covered with linoleum or tile rather than patterned carpeting (as this also reduces allergies), while modern dinettes are of lightweight metallic construction rather than heavy oaken build. Instead of tradition, contemporary designs emphasize technology and functionality. As conservation and economy are society's current catchwords, it is hardly surprising that modern consumers desire interior decor that reflects these virtues. With these two virtues in mind, it is worth discussing 4 key ways that modern design can save not only your time, but your money as well!
The characteristic clean, linear look of contemporary design minimizes clutter and maximizes tidiness. Getting greater usage from less space and lower dust accumulation are two additional modern design attributes. An overall contemporary look even optimizes optical effects by fooling the eye into believing that an area is much bigger than it actually is. Modern interior decors conserve physical energy by eliminating monolithic furniture movement each time you clean a room. Likewise, electrical energy is preserved by the lack of bulky furniture that prohibits free airflow throughout the room, thus saving money on electric bills as well. Contemporary design colors are also attractive in more ways than one; reflective colors that help retain or reflect hot or cold air as appropriate really take a load off heat and air conditioning systems.
Various partitions, divisions, and decorative doors increase storage capacity without adding a single inch a structure's physical dimensions. Cabinets containing internal sliding doors can divide a room into several “storage zones,” for instance. Hook-type holders on inner closet and cabinet door surfaces can also serve as valuable storage devices. This high level of partitioning makes organizing your possessions easy and efficient.
A popular philosophy posits that cleanliness is next to Godliness. As such, occupying a contemporary designed structure or dwelling must be the closest thing to a Heaven on Earth. Modern furniture and interior accessories tremendously facilitate tidiness by providing a place for everything and helping you keep everything in its place. Due to this delightful combination of enhanced storage and eliminated clutter, contemporary rooms practically keep themselves clean; mix in laminated flooring instead of carpets, and even vacuuming becomes far less necessary.
Greatly enhanced emotional serenity is another contemporary decor advantage. Subdued neutral tones that soothe – rather than assault – the senses create this felicitous state. A tidy, spacious-looking area also elevates moods and enhances domestic tranquility. There is no clutter or other visual cues to distract you from relaxation or concentration. This sense of calmness will keep you feeling good and thus better able to effectively handle whatever challenges life throws your way.
Do Not Deny Yourself a Contemporary Décor Any Longer
It is easy and cost-effective to avail yourself of all the advantages afforded by a contemporary interior décor. Think
of how much more productive you will be in both personal and professional realms by fully focusing on your immediate vocational – or avocational – task. You will not only accomplish more in less time, but having any implement or item you might need within easy reach is also very reassuring. When you factor in phenomenal financial savings, it is simply impossible to go wrong with the immediate implementation of a contemporary interior design.
This guest article was written by Steve Shapiro who is the founder of the eRoomService modern furniture showroom in Bensalem, PA. He has extensive interior design experience and is an enthusiastic supporter of many modern European furnishings.
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