unlike the other simple styles, modern style does not need the manipulation of minimalism to make it simple. minimalism is at its core. modern design often involves a striving to find the simplest way to achieve a goal. taking away the superfluous is at its essence. what a seamless display of values and aesthetic this can be when applied in the home.
a move toward modern style in an already furnished home could simply involve the removal of extra couch pillows or the switch toward a more neutral rug. it could come from the replacement of a side chair with a craigslist find that has cleaner lines. removal is probably the most effective tool. creating space, letting some walls be unadorned, or removing curtains could give a nudge toward the desired feel.
if a furniture swap is deemed desirable or necessary... flea markets, vintage shops, craigslist, and estate sales can hold some amazing finds for an intrepid modern furniture hunter. mid-century modern pieces are easy enough to find, and a bit more economical than buying new, especially if there is a willingness to do a bit of sanding and refinishing. keep the search specific as the focus should be on main pieces and not filler extras like numerous side tables and redundant hutches. make space around each piece a priority, even in a small space.
saving up for a new piece may be a choice as well. this approach can enforce minimalism in its time stretching necessity. collecting elements very slowly can be seen as a positive here. using the time it takes to save as affirmation that a piece will be valued into the future is noble and valuable. keep in mind that we only need a very few pieces of furniture: somewhere to sit and perhaps put up feet in the living room, a place to sleep in the bedroom, and a place to sit and eat in the kitchen. keep it simple. simplicity and space are what simple modern style thrives on.
there is no need for extra accessories to tell the style story here. space and the absence of extras does the job. these rooms exude calm through their uncluttered spaces. the space encourages unencumbered thoughts, dreams and imagination... and they are easy to keep clean. :)
i've always appreciated and remembered rachel ashwell's advice to leave a space empty or a wall blank until the right piece is found (and can be afforded). no need to fill in gaps with something not loved... or maybe with anything at all. minimalism compliments this idea perfectly...and simple modern style even more so. a blank white wall is not a problem to be solved...it is modern and stylish just as it is.
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