Go the avant-garde way...

Go the avant-garde way...

You might have heard the term ‘contemporary comforts’ in connection with décor and wondered what it meant.

Well, you wouldn’t be alone. Contemporary refers to stark lines and lack of curves and cushions — doesn’t involve too much comfort.

So, what suggests comfort in your mind?

At some point in our lives, we’ve all visited that home that had plastic-covered furniture in the living room and floor mats all over the area rugs!

This was the era of reserving the formal living and dining areas for special guests. This age is thankfully a thing of the past.

Now, with advances in home technology and emerging lifestyle trends like the ‘staycation’, the formal living space is almost near extinction. 

With the advent of modern lifestyles, we now have families who seek more versatility in their homes.

Active homeowners seek comfort and style to coexist in harmony without compromising on either.

Surveys conducted on behalf of furniture retailers have shown that a majority of homeowners are choosing to live differently in their homes, compared to the ones they grew up in. 

This is because families are spending more time at home these days.

Eating and entertaining at home are now increasingly becoming a part of the youngsters’ lifestyle.

This calls for an increase in the amount of activities that take place in their main living areas.

“Creating a living space requires versatile furnishings that provide homeowners the flexibility to use the area for a number of different activities,” says Candice Laughlin, an architecture and home design expert.

According to Laughlin, the biggest trend is to merge modern living with classic comfort.

He has a few suggestions to achieve this goal:

Rethink your rooms

Set up your furniture in a way that caters to your family’s personality and needs.

There are no rules when it comes to decorating.

You don’t necessarily have to stick to traditional floor plans, styles or colour schemes.

Do what works best for you and your family and you will draw out the most from your space.

Multi-purpose living 

Choose multi-functional furnishings by going for versatility and functionality.

In other words, buy pieces that will provide you with the flexibility to repurpose your space as your lifestyle changes over the years.

You will notice this distinctly if you have a family and your children grow up.

For example, books will replace toys.
Versatile pieces 

Choose pieces that can be dressed up or down.

If you are like most people, you will want comfort and style in the pieces you envision for your family. 

An example of this are pieces that will keep your family comfortable during casual nights, hanging around the TV but can get glamoured up when entertaining a crowd at a dinner party.

Defining furniture 

Try and define your space with furniture.

Your furnishings can help outline living spaces in an open concept area.

In other words, the furniture will be used as an alternative to traditional walls and barriers.

Thus, your furniture can offer you the flexibility to make the most out of a multi-functional living space.

Perhaps the best suitable maxim for décor matters is “Follow your heart!”

In other words, always buy what you love.

When deciding on furniture, start with the items that appeal to you the most and use these pieces to build and define your style.

These artefacts need not be the largest pieces in the area. They can be as small as a trinket or a piece of art. 

The bottomline is that, if you love something, it will inspire you to compose a room that falls in line with your tastes and lifestyle.

When you decorate your house with these ideas, you will find that you have designed rooms which offer contemporary comforts.

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