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Modern furniture generally refers to furniture produced from the late 19th century to the present that is influenced by modernism.
It was a departure from the more decorative furniture that had gone before, particularly after World War II.
Cutting excess, multiple use and the practicality of the materials are key aspects of modern furniture design. Modern furniture also refers to designs that change with the times.
In any renovation, furniture choice is key in determining the overall look of the house and how it is used.
There are many things that should be taken into consideration when choosing furniture, such as the material, design and functionality.
Modern furniture tends to have straight, simple designs and blended textures that enhance an interior.
This simplicity and defined look differentiates the concepts of modern furniture from contemporary. Contemporary furniture tends to have defined curves and there is an emphasis on shapes.
Modern furniture tends to come in neutral colours while contemporary furniture contrasts brighter and darker hues.
That is not to say that modern furniture has no colour, but it is relatively subtle and adds accents to the pieces without defining them. The current trend in modern furniture is pastel shades with vibrant accents.
Modern furniture is more than something used to fill up space. It is seen as art, adding value to a room. Modern furniture is designed to keep things simple with a coordinated look, so it may not be the best choice for those looking to fill up empty spaces.
One of the advantages of going for modern furniture is that it is exceptionally functional. One piece can serve multiple purposes.
Take a bed, it is not just for sleeping on but it has storage as well. There are sofas that can be folded out into a bed. Such multi-use pieces of furniture can make a home feel less cramped and look more organised. Modern furniture provides options.
Instead of buying bulky furniture, go for furniture that not only adds to the utility of the home but is aesthetically pleasing as well. Modern furniture is all about simplicity and letting go of traditional design.
Modern furniture best complements contemporary homes that combine wood elements with pristine white. With its neutral colours, modern furniture can work with just about any interior design. It gives a home an airy feel.
This article first appeared in The New Savvy
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