They say that new is well forgotten old. Therefore, designers' interest in such a style as modern is not surprising. Bearing even in its name, newness, it became an unexpected contrast to the classicism prevailing in the XIX century. Balance in flexible sleek forms - this is the principle followed by this style. Today’s his revival as the creation of an opposition to modern design trends with their clarity and rigor. Consider how a living room in modern style can be decorated.
Living room in modern style attracts with its courage and modernity
The history of the modern style
The rapid development of production at the end of the XIX century brought a lot of new technologies and materials. Industrialization has made changes in the way of life, once leisurely and measured. Against this background, a new style of art has emerged, which in Russia was called “modern”, in France - art nouveau, Germany - yugenstil, Italy - liberty.
The design of the living room in modern style is able to give comfort, convenience and comfort
This style, which embraced all spheres of art, broke familiar boundaries, tried to bring together different genres and types, discovered new forms and methods. The interiors, designed in the direction of modern, had a general philosophy of style: they carried a feeling of smoothness and airiness, had rounded shapes, had complete harmony between all the elements of decoration, furniture and decor items. And the use of modern materials - glass and metal - helped create incredible examples of architectural and interior design. Vivid examples of the Art Nouveau style are the houses of Mila and Batlló in Barcelona, invented by the Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Interior of the Casa Batlló in Barcelona
The decline of the modern era came in the second decade of the 20th century. Today, many designers have noted an increased interest in art nouveau, especially since this style is perfect for spacious rooms and studio apartments. Interestingly, it looks in small living rooms. See the interior of the living room in the Art Nouveau style in the photo.
In Art Nouveau style, emphasis is placed on painting and graphics.
Features of modern style
Modern offers to remove from the interiors of strict geometric lines. There are such features of this design direction:
- The presence of smooth rounded lines, inspired by nature itself. They can be everywhere: in the bas-reliefs on the walls, the portal of the fireplace, the patterns on the wallpaper, in the form of stairs.
- The choice of the necessary elements of the situation, and the furniture should be easy, functional and comfortable. Modernity is alien to the cramped or abundance of unnecessary items.
- The use of glossy surfaces (glass, stained glass, tiles) that will fill the room with light. And around the repetition of natural smooth or curved motifs.
- The use of light neutral shades, as well as natural colors.
- The presence of natural patterns, often from the world of plants and animals. Their stylized images can appear everywhere: for decoration, on lamps, stained glass windows, forged elements.
- Selection of exquisite accessories, such as lamps on forged stands with colored lampshades, round shaped vases, interesting figurines.
Modern living room in modern style in sand and beige tones
If you are going to arrange the living room in this style, then you need to remember that although there are main features of this direction, you should not blindly stick to them. Modern and appeared as a free departure from outdated traditions. Therefore, here you can invent your own compositions, rearrange parts and elements. The main thing - the result, where there will be a mood and comfort.
Rounded shapes are inherent in the style of "modern"
Living room decoration
To create a complete picture of the modernist style in a single living room can be done by an experienced specialist. And if the owners do not have enough experience in the finishing, then you should trust the professionals. For the design of such a room take a variety of materials: an array of wood, stone, glass, ceramics, plaster, marble.
The color scheme of the living room, made in modern style, to the natural shades. The most comfortable color is green and its many shades. A room in light green tones will carry freshness and good mood, visually enlarge the space. Dark green shades will give the interior a luxurious and noble look.
Luxurious green sofa in the interior of the living room in the style of "modern"
Characteristic of modern and such colors:
- Pearl gray;
- Delicate shades of pink;
- Warm autumn tones;
- Pastel colors.
It would be wrong to say that modernity does not accept bright colors. They should be competently and organically intertwined with the general mood of the living room. This must be done strictly metered, so as not to disturb the cozy and muffled atmosphere of the room.
Pearl gray walls in the interior of the living room in the style of "modern"
For the walls of the living room choose shades characteristic of the modern style: green, gray, pearl, white. You can simply paint the side surfaces of the room, put pictures on them, stick wallpaper, drape with fabrics.
Yellow color of the walls in the interior of the living room in modern style
The most practical option will be painting or wallpapering quiet shades with floral non-striking patterns. In this case, the walls will play the role of a background for a brightly decorated ceiling or rich decor. It looks interesting and dim ornament, passing through all the side surfaces of the living room.
Acceptable and a combination of different materials. For example, the top of the walls is covered with wallpaper or fabric, and the bottom is faced with a wooden plinth. At will, the main accent will be painting walls, decorating them with collages, paintings with natural motifs, mirrors. Painted walls are complemented with moldings or bas-reliefs.
Know! In the Art Nouveau style, it is imperative to distinguish between the walls, the ceiling and the floor. To do this, use moldings, baseboards, various curbs. But in a small living room, this method will visually reduce the space, so for such rooms it is better to use wall painting.
To finish the floor in this style are usually used several options:
- You can give preference to the traditional version - parquet, lined in the old fashioned Christmas tree or squares;
- More original look parquet, lined pattern in the form of waves or flower stalks;
- Modern laminate has a lot of options with patterns that can be selected in accordance with the overall style of the living room;
- The floor can be lined with marble with elements of patterns or decorated with stone, both natural and artificial, which recreates the natural style.
Note! When choosing a floor covering, try to match it to the wood of cabinet furniture in the room.
Zoning of the living room in the Art Nouveau style is performed by various coatings or using patterns in certain parts of the room.
If in the modern for the walls the function of the background is given, then the ceiling in the living room will be a peculiar highlight. She can be beautiful stucco with floral elements, colorful stained glass windows, wooden openwork beams, mirror inserts, moldings. It is acceptable to create two levels with different finishes. The ceiling does not have to be white, for modern it is also characterized by a delicate finish in pink, blue, cream tones. A stylish living room can often be crowned with whole pictures, ornate patterns, ornaments from natural elements.
Tip! For a modest version with a simple white ceiling is selected chic chandelier, fascinating smooth lines and asymmetric shapes.
For the living room in modern style it is recommended to use cabinet furniture from the natural array. Slides for dishes, windows, dressers, racks do not look cumbersome. Ease of form is achieved due to fancy bends, smoothness of lines of execution. Often in the living room you can see the furniture with carvings, which echoes the smooth patterns with wooden trim doors, stairs, ceiling.
Of great importance is the glazing and fittings. The facades of cabinets, countertops, shelves look luxurious due to decorating and inlaying. The glass in the doors can be colored or matte.
Upholstered furniture in the living room also has smooth rounded lines. The sofas upholstered with tapestry fabric or leather look beautiful. Usually, a pair of armchairs with a fancy shape are also selected for a sofa, and their upholstery may not coincide with the overall color scheme of the entire room and be a bright accent spot.
Decorative details of modernity are always distinguished by their individual design. They cannot be confused with anything else. Glass stained glass or mosaic, floral themes of patterns, forged items, original bronze products are complemented by heavy curtains of natural fabrics and good upholstery of upholstered furniture.
Traditionally, the interior of the living room in Art Nouveau style is decorated with colored glass products. The progenitor, who created such interior elements, is Louis Comfort Tiffany. Today, colorful stained glass windows adorn windows, doors, individual ceiling elements. Pleasure is not cheap. Therefore, if you really want to have a similar piece of colored glass in the living room, you can buy a lamp or a chandelier with such an original lampshade.
Decorate the room and wrought iron furniture. Forging can be found in grilles for windows, chandeliers and lamps, in an openwork damper for a fireplace. She also has unusual wavy lines.
Know! A great many curved elements of decoration and decoration were borrowed from the paintings of the Czech painter and designer Alfons Mucha, who was considered a key figure in the art nouveau style.
In the design of the living room in the Art Nouveau style there may be various round vases, statuettes of bronze and silver, animal figurines or magical creatures, as well as an artificial or real fireplace.
Art Nouveau living room lighting
The full-fledged style of such a living room involves two options for lighting: functional and decorative.
Functional lighting is also divided into several subspecies, and depending on the location has its own goals:
- The main thing: the lamps, located on the ceiling and walls, illuminate the entire living room, this also includes the central chandelier;
- Background: creates diffused lighting, the purpose of which is to eliminate dark areas of the room, usually located around the perimeter;
- Target: lamps or floor lamps are located in the area that requires lighting.
Decorative lights highlight some areas of the living room, creating accents on the décor elements, for example, on Tiffany glass lampshades. It also helps to hide some errors in the interior design.
Lighting in the living room of the Art Nouveau style also carry the imprint of intricacy and originality. They can combine porcelain, stained glass, metal elements, wood. Unusual shapes with asymmetrical graceful lines - this is a bright sign of art nouveau lamps and chandeliers.
For the main lighting choose elegant twisted chandeliers, ceiling lamps made of colorful glass, intricate lamps with a lot of hanging elements. Target lighting is represented by floor lamps with elegant lampshades, table lamps, which can also become an element of decor.
In conclusion, I want to add. Do not blindly follow all the rules of a given style and copy the interiors of famous designers. You can add your own ideas, select additional elements. It is important that the result obtained carries the atmosphere of modernity. And do not forget: you live in this room, so make it as comfortable and functional as possible. Different types of living room design in modern style are presented in the photo.