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Our homes speak a lot about who we are and our interests, and if you’re looking for ways to cultivate the modern, comfortable space you’ve always dreamed of, you’re going to need to keep these design dos and don’ts in mind. From furniture to color choices, it’s important to take all aspects of design into consideration to create a cohesive, symbiotic look that captures your personality.


There are plenty of tips regarding the perfect space but individual tastes mean not all are applicable. Keep the following general guidelines in mind as you begin shopping for décor.

Rustic Appeal

Modern doesn’t mean cold and industrial. If you love the outdoors, make sure your predilection for Mother Nature shows up in your décor. This can be easily done through wooden accoutrements and additions. If budget issues make it impossible for you to add wood floors, turn your walls into a wood design mecca with Stikwood. These adhesive, do-it-yourself wood panels are easy to apply, and can change the entire look of your wall without burning a hole in your wallet. You can also turn a wooden piece into statement art, like a wooden table with an interesting shape or rough texture that adds a bit of sumptuous appeal to your space.

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Classic Furniture

Is there anything more classically refined than a leather couch? If you’re looking to for a bit of traditional flair for your space, you can’t go wrong with some high-quality American made leather furniture. For one, it’s classic, providing highbrow style that will last you for years. Two, it’s durable and easy to clean, with just a wipe down you can easily clean off any wear and tear. If you’re also using wooden pieces, rest assured that this medium combination will meld together seamlessly.

Photo Credit: DelightFULL

Photo Credit: DelightFULL

Clean Lines

You’ll want to maintain a clean space, and to add to this, it’s important to avoid clutter. This focus on clean lines not only gives your space a contemporary vibe but also will do wonders for your stress levels; clutter creates visual stress and overstimulation which can affect your mental health. You’ve likely seen decor inspiration that focuses on futuristic, modern appeal with clean spaces, and this minimalist look can be great for someone who might not have tons of money to spend on redecorating.

Photo Credit: Amy | Homey Oh My

Photo Credit: Amy | Homey Oh My


There are several design aspects you should try to avoid when decorating your pad.

Too Cold

While the appeal of a modern minimalist pad is definitely something to aspire to, there’s a balance between uncluttered and cold. You can utilize clean lines without sacrificing sentimentality and warmth. Add pictures of friends and family, hang up framed photos of your favorite destinations, or add special trinkets to your shelves that you might have collected through the years.

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Photo Credit: inspire_me_home_decor

Strange Smells

The last thing you want is for your apartment to give off some odiferous scents, so it’s important to keep your space clean and smelling great from the source. Think preventative measures, not passive actions. In other words, spraying scented cans to cover up a less than desirable scent isn’t going to do you any favors. Make it a priority to deep clean at least once a month; if cleaning isn’t your preference, hire a cleaning service.

Lazy Bedding Efforts

When it comes to bedding, don’t sacrifice comfort or style—come together for the perfect balance. Check out Thread Experiment for unique sheet sets that offer both luxury and flair. Stick to neutral colors and add a pop of color with pillows if you’re looking to add a bit more excitement to your sleep area, but make sure you focus on soothing colors that will help you relax at the end of a long day.

As you begin to outfit your pad, keep these décor schemes in mind and make it an oasis from the real world that will provide the haven you seek.

Photo Credit: Turbulences Déco

Photo Credit: Turbulences Déco

Author: Hank McKinsey
Bio: When my wife and I purchased our home in the Spring of 2013, I became a stay-at-home-dad to our two wonderful and wacky Malteses – Digit and Poppy.  Hailing from Western Pennsylvania and currently residing in Central California, my hobbies include golf, tennis, jazz music, and eating.  While journalism was my college minor, crafting and DIY have always been my creative outlets.