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Modern Furniture 101

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Summary:
As the name suggests, ‘Modern Furniture’ is furniture of our times that
is comfortable, affordable, and stylish to match modern tastes and
perspectives. Technically speaking, the phrase Modern Furniture refers to
furniture from the latter half of the 20th century and on into
contemporary styles of today.


Keywords:
modern furniture, furniture


Article Body:
As the name suggests, ‘Modern Furniture’ is furniture of our times that
is comfortable, affordable, and stylish to match modern tastes and
perspectives. Technically speaking, the phrase Modern Furniture refers to
furniture from the latter half of the 20th century and on into
contemporary styles of today. A microscopic view of this kind of
furniture reveals that designers more often than not use the phrase for
furnishings manufactured in the 50s and 60s in post world war II America,
and to a lesser extent in Europe. This type of furniture is quite
experimental in nature; use of curvilinear shapes, integrated modular
elements and understated monochromatic color schemes is common and is
very different from the more traditional rounds, squares and rectangles.


When you decide on redecorating the house with modern furniture, some key
things need to be kept in mind:


•     Have a game-plan ready before you even set foot inside a home
furnishings store.

•     Measurements of rooms and photographs help a lot in visualizing the
furniture in its final destination while shopping. Having wall paint
samples and carpet may be helpful if you are looking at changing only the
furniture.

•     Each element in the room has to be treated almost like a sculpture
with an almost ‘museum like’ look. You can experiment with highlighting
art by placing sculptures on columns or pedestals. Uncluttered furniture
arrangement which forms the framework for home décor is the underlying
objective.

•     Bold statements with both furniture and accessories are an apt
definition for Modern Furnishing. Ruffles, florals, carved details,
traditional shapes are usually a no go.
•     Selection of store is also important as furniture stores broadly
fall into 4 general categories - Promotional, Medium, High End and
Specialty Stores. These stores may provide you with a still wider array
of styles like Traditional, Country, Early American, Shaker, Mission,
Modern, Art Deco, Retro, etc. It may therefore be a good idea to give the
stores a call and ask for their furniture style line-up. Unless you are
fixated with the kind of furniture you want, it might be helpful to note
that Modern Furniture includes styles like Southwest, Lifestyle,
Lacquers, Euro-look, Retro (50's), and Art Deco. So just go ahead and
experiment!

•     While deciding on fabric, remember that Modern fabrics tend to have
lots of design and color-change in their appearance. Here a degree of
creativity might help in visualizing the complete set.

•     Modern accent tables may use a variety of material like metal,
glass, stonework as well as wood. Choose well in order to have a
synchronous furnished outcome.

•     Where lamps and accessories are concerned, remember that fine lines
are a hallmark of modern look. A gaudy or heavy look is certainly not
modern.

•     Mostly Modern Styles use geometric lines and well-matched colors to
add an air of neatness to the whole look and feel of the room. For
additional impact make sure the room(s) have lots of natural light and
plenty of space. Cove lighting and washing walls with light are other
options to be explored.

And lastly, do remember you’re the person who has to live with what you
decide upon now. Have fun shopping!

								
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