The question, How would you describe your style?, is one that every designer is asked often throughout their career.
Early on in mine, I was envious of the designers that could so easily and without any hint of hesitation let *their style* spill from their lips velvety quick.
Every time I heard someone mention a specific style and it's attributes I'd think, Oh, that's probably my style. As my career went on and I became more and more confident in my abilities, I realized that I am not the guy identified with a particular style. I love them all. Almost.
As long as I can create a space that feels warm, relaxed, inviting and not part of a trend...I'm in.
Here are my 5 steps to MODERN.
1) Start with an anchor piece. For the most part, I like to go solid. It helps create the canvas of the room. There are occasions and clients that require something more daring, but the thing to remember...just because you love the *flash & splash* in the moment, doesn't mean you're going to love it in a month or two.
2) Accent chairs don't have to match. BUT do think about scale. I like it when almost all of my seating has the same seat and back heights. It creates a uniformed look and allows me to play with color and pattern without throwing too many distractions into the mix.
3) Think round. Rooms tend to boxy and so do most pieces of furniture. Add rounded edges to break up all the squareness. Also, soft edges are welcoming and create the illusion of more space in small rooms.
4) Keep lights (table and floor lamps) at around the same height. This helps to evenly disperse light in the room. Also, balance light in all four corners of the room and try and keep all the lamp shades the same color.
5) Add color, pattern, texture, natural elements. Here's your chance for personal expression and an opportunity to play. Don't forget your walls (art), accent pillows, rugs, flowers, plants, etc.