Quick and Easy Modern Interior Design Ideas
Today I’ll share some of these tidbits with you. Let’s face it–most people are busy and on a budget. Good design often has to occur in those rare moments of down time, and for an affordable price. Think it’s impossible? Think again! Especially if you’re willing to indulge in some DIY-style creativity! Enjoy browsing today’s tips and pics.
1. Add a simple, festive centerpiece to your home.
You would not believe how easy it is to have a fresh, natural centerpiece at the heart of a room. For a few dollars, you can buy yourself a bundle of long-lasting tropical greenery. Below we see a trio of sansevieria leaves (also known as mother-in-law’s tongue). This centerpiece has been in my bathroom for over a month and shows no signs of wilting!
Don’t forget that adding some seasonal produce can be a colorful way to create a centerpiece for your table. In the fall, I buy a collection of pumpkins (this year, I went with an all-orange monochromatic look). They get me through the end of November, and then it’s time to decorate for Christmas. In the summer, try displaying a bowl of citrus fruit. Produce is affordable and deliciously stylish.
2. Use throw pillows to your advantage.
I’ll let you in on a little secret… When I moved this summer, I bribed myself with these diagonal striped throw pillows from Crate & Barrel! There was much, much work to be done, but at the end of it, I knew I’d be spending some long hours relaxing on my sofa. These pillows were my light at the end of the long, winding tunnel.
3. Group like items in a collection-inspired display.
There is power in numbers! If you have items of a similar theme, arrange them in a grouping for a bold effect. Below we see a trio of coral-themed items. Yes, red coral has enjoyed quite a long moment in the sun, but I’m not about to get rid of these pieces.
The same collection mentality can apply to artwork. Group pieces such as botanical prints in the arrangement of your choice. You can differentiate items with photo mats of various colors.
4. Celebrate nature’s bounty.
There’s a curiosity-like quality to natural items such as mineral samples, shells and interesting pieces of driftwood. One of these items can go a long way when displayed prominently. Below we see a sparkling specimen of quartz.
Again, we get a look at a cluster of coral, which is taken to new heights in a decorative compote. If you have environmental concerns about using nature in an interior design capacity, there are plenty of earth-friendly options to consider. For example, many synthetic coral pieces are available for purchase, precisely because there’s a growing interest in protecting the ocean’s creatures.
5. Incorporate pieces with a past.
Yes, modern design can absolutely include pieces from past decades. In fact, vintage items are the perfect conversation starters, often leading to stories about that great garage sale find or the family heirloom that was bequeathed to you by your grandmother. Last week, I hit Texas Antique Week and found this pair of hand-painted porcelain and brass vases from Delft, Holland, likely from the 1960s. Another great thing about vintage items–you can often get them for a bargain! These vases were purchased for $7 (for both of them)!