The New Rules of Modern Decor
It’s not boring blond wood and straight edges any more
Modern decor is great, but sometimes it skews a little cold. However, a clutch of new interior design shops have opened that display a much warmer and relaxed sort of contemporary style. This new aesthetic is less like a psychiatrist’s waiting room and more like an artist’s groovy home.
We’ve drilled down the trends from RH Modern, Serena & Lily and The Apartment by The Line to give you tips for making your own home timelessly comfortable.
Still thinking of modern seating as hard and uncomfortable? RH Modern explodes that cliché by redesigning the traditional chesterfield sofa to be sleek (metal legs and a squared-off frame) but still sumptuous.
New shop The Apartment by The Line is arranged to look like a real home--except everything is for sale. Throughout the bedroom, kitchen, living room and bath areas, angular lines (couches, counters) are softened by lighting, tables and accessories with curvy shapes. This adds a welcome feel, which counteracts the usual hard edges of modern décor.
The Apartment by The Line, 8463 Melrose Pl., 323-746-5056 or theline.com
Paint it Black
A whole room full of matchy-matchy brown midcentury modern furniture is passé. Instead, mix in a piece or two of matte black furniture--like this coffee table at The Apartment by the Line--to add some drama to your room.
A natural material such as wicker, raffia or bamboo warms up a room filled with contemporary or industrial-styled furniture. This Serena & Lily rattan chair is based on a Scandinavian chair from the ’60s; slipped into a room of stiff corners, it’s like a friendly guest at a party.