A modern home speaks to a certain aesthetic that can be hard to shop for. Get advice from our experts on how to get furniture that will strengthen the look!
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If you've just moved into a new home with a modern design, it can be both exciting and daunting when it comes to filling it with comfortable and fashionable furniture. Modern homes can be hard to shop for, especially when you're on a budget.

However, there are some rules of thumb to keep in mind that will help you choose furniture that you'll be happy with for years into the future. 

Read on to learn our top seven tips on how to choose furniture that suits a modern home design! 

1. Ideation

Before you start adding furniture to your shopping cart, you'll want to spend at least a week or two coming up with ideas for each room. This is when sites such as Pinterest come in handy because you'll be able to save the looks you like to separate boards.

As these boards get filled, you'll be able to look back and have a better idea of your overall tastes. Once you have a good idea of the aesthetic you're trying to go for, you can then go from room to room and decide on furniture placement. 

Don't be afraid to do a rough sketch of the room from your perspective and draw rudimentary shapes where you want the furniture to go. 

2. Placement

Now that you have a general idea of the kind of contemporary furniture you want in your rooms, you'll want to be more precise with measurements and calculations. Measure the size of your rooms along with more specific measurements such as the height of the windows or certain alcoves that need to be filled with furniture. 

You can even write these measurements on the side of your rough sketches of the room if you're more of a visual person. These measurements will help you decide if the furniture you like is too small or large for the space, which can make the room feel either empty or confining. 

3. Rules of Thumb

There are some rules of thumb that are important for anyone to know when it comes to furniture size and furniture placement. Here are a few to get you started: 

Traffic Flow

People should have ample room to walk and gather without tripping over furniture that's packed too closely together. 

Rug Size

Rugs can surprisingly make or break the way a room appears. Area rugs need to be large enough to go under each major piece of furniture, or at least for two legs of a couch or sofa to rest on top.

Conversation Areas

For your living room, you'll want to make sure to choose furniture and arrange it to encourage natural conversation. Choose couches and sofas that you can group together and angle towards each other so that everyone is comfortable while conversing. 

4. Colour

Colour is one of the most important aspects of choosing modern furniture for your home. They help make a room look cohesive and put-together, even if you have several different styles or brands.

You'll want to choose a neutral colour such as white, black, or grey, a base colour such as blue or green, and a bright accent colour that complements your base colour. 

It can be hard to decide on the exact colours of a room, but remember that you can base it on a pattern you love, a piece of artwork, or even a photograph you found in a magazine. Look for inspiration in your daily life! 

5. Flexibility 

Flexibility is an aspect of furniture that people don't consider often enough. If you have a large family, pets, or young children, you'll want to consider furniture that can withstand heavy use. You'll also want to choose materials that you can clean easily, such as: 

  • Microfiber 
  • Wool
  • Leather
  • Vinyl
  • Denim 

Some sofas and armchairs can even come with removable covers that you can toss in the wash. 

6. Accent Pieces

Modern furniture is all about choosing minimalistic furniture that has striking lines and colours. Accent pieces in particular are needed to set the mood of a room. They're notable because they stand out from the rest of your furniture.

Many people often take inspiration from their accent pieces and use them to choose the colour scheme of the room or the design of the rest of the furniture. These can be rugs with bright patterns, striking artwork, or even a modern pendant light.  

7. Lighting 

Last but not least, modern lighting can help completely change the look of a room even if you're not done fully furnishing or decorating it. Don't be afraid to choose fixtures that have interesting shapes and colours because they can often set the tone for the entire room. 

When it comes to lighting, you'll also want to have multiple sources of light that include: 

  • General 
  • Task 
  • Accent

Accent lighting is used as dull ambient light in the room or even as decoration. It can highlight plants, artwork, or books in cabinets. Task lighting provides you with enough bright light to perform a task, such as reading or cooking.

General lighting provides overall lighting for the entire room for people to see each other and to walk around safely. You can see how a combination of all three of these types of lighting can help enhance the look and ambiance of the room.  

The Best Furniture Choices for Your Modern Home

When it comes to decorating a modern home, you want to consider the size of each room along with your own personal aesthetic. Choose furniture that isn't too big or too small so you don't distort the actual size of the room. You'll also want to choose accent furniture to set the tone of the room. 

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