7 easy ways to make your interiors more modern

Do you suffer from Instagram house envy? Does your living room look fill you with despair? Whether you’re in a traditional or a new build home, adding some modern flair is easier than you think. Here are 7 simple ways to get started.

Pep up your plant pots

Indoor plants have enjoyed a revival in recent years, and it’s easy to see why! Their vibrant greens and huge array of shapes and textures bring life to any room, and help to improve indoor air quality, too. Make your plant pop even more by giving them a lovely pot to live in. From ceramic to wicker to metals, there’s loads of retailers making trendy, modern pots. Try H&M Home, Habitat and Not On The High Street for some unique designs.

Related: How Ro Co use plants to bring life to urban spaces

Ro Co ceiling plants

Add warmth with metallics

Accessories in warm metallics like bronze, brass or copper add instant glam to a room. Try a magazine rack, fruit bowl, lamp base, picture frame, or a tray for the coffee table to give those remote controls a stylish home.

Create an inviting mood with ambient lighting 

Nothing dates a room like harsh overhead lighting. Create a fresh and contemporary look with a floor lamp for general lighting or a reading lamp for task-specific lighting. As well brightening up your scheme, you’ll make a design statement too: try a bold industrial tripod floor lamp or a stylish smoked glass table lamp.

Ambient lighting

Try a statement piece

If you’re having trouble visualising your finished room, try starting with a single statement piece of furniture and build the look from there. Choose a Scandi-style sideboard, a luxurious padded headboard for a bed, or iconic seating such as an Eames-style lounger or Arne Jacobsen-esque egg chair. Now that you have a focal point, start layering complementary and contrasting accessories.

Reframe your art

We all know that artwork adds colour and personality to a room. If you’ve already got a nice collection of paintings, prints or photos you can freshen them up with a striking new frame. A simple swap can change the whole mood of the piece and your room. Try switching to a different colour or finish, such as a matte black wood, some shiny and sleek metals, or a crisp and classic white.

Pare back the knick-knacks

If you aspire to a streamlined and minimalist look, scan your shelves and see if you can edit down your decorative objects to those that you really love. If you love a lot of things, try changing up your display with the seasons. You may want to invest in some simple but stylish storage containers (try Muji or IKEA) to house your goodies while they wait their turn in the spotlight. 

The decluttered look

Revamp with paint

Got a room that's begging for a makeover? Get right on trend with the gorgeous green Tranquil Dawn from Dulux -  they've recently named it their Colour of the Year for 2020! 

If you’re intrigued by the latest colour trends but feel nervous about committing to a whole room, paint a small piece of furniture instead. From an inky black bedside table to an acid yellow kitchen cupboards, you can add a modern splash of colour that’s easy to change if your tastes move on.

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