The key to longevity is restraint, so don’t go overboard with one trend, because it will date quickly. If you’re one of the many people who love the look of ultra-modern homes and are hoping to inject some of that up-to-the-minute trend into your own, there are four things you need.
1. Architectural lighting
Ultra-modern lighting is architectural and functional. The shape of the light should be very structural, strong and striking. Think pendant and track lighting with sleek lines. The lighting should also be functional, so think about what kind of light you need in the room before purchasing a pendant, floor lamp, table lamp or fixture. Unusual and geometric shapes are welcome here.
2. Metallic finishes
While metal is a material that can look masculine in some settings, it’s actually very versatile and can be used in a range of interior trends. In this case. Look for furniture with steel and chrome frames or bases that are high-shine and high-impact. Metal can be evident in any number of items, from mirrors and lamps to coffee tables, chairs and sofas. For extra points, choose furniture or accessories that use a metallic finish in a geometric pattern.
3. Neutral colours
When it comes to creating an ultra-modern home, neutral colours are your best friends because they provide a sleek, chic and clean palette on which to build your furniture and home accessories on. Beige, cream, white and black are all good places to start, but feel free to branch out into the world of greys and taupes.
4. Contemporary flooring
No ultra-modern home is complete without the use of a statement rug to break up the neutral, and often monochrome, colour palette. Look for rugs with geometric patterns or abstract designs in colours that complement, but also pop, against your colour scheme. If you’re updating the flooring, look to options such as wood, stone and polished cement.
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.
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