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Celebrate The Luxury Of Modern Classics
Bring luxury and style into your life with these wonderful ideas
Celebrate The Luxury Of Modern Classics
The global recession has had a profound impact on everyone and has forced people to re-evaluate their lives and reflect on their core values. Priorities have shifted, choices are being made after great thought, and there is less wastage. The defining parameters that dictate our preferences and aspirations are based on simple facts like what is truly important to us, our families and lifestyles. All this, of course, translates into our interiors.
Times have changed and today, more people want sustainable and modern luxury. At the same time, they want to hold on to classic and timeless pieces in order to feel a sense of comfort and familiarity through these trying times.
Celebrate The Luxury Of Modern ClassicsThis juxtaposition between modern minimalism and subdued elegance is going to be at play when homes are fashioned in the coming seasons. We will be witnessing a global fusion with a return to the 'East meets West' ideology across living spaces.
Old reclaimed wood is making a big comeback and furniture made with such wood and finished with lacquer, shiny metals or glass will be high on the must-have list of homemakers. So, whatever texture is used for part of the furniture, it is going to be mixed with a completely opposite variant as part of the finish, much like the concept of yin and yang.
Apart from reclaimed wooden pieces, another emerging concept is to introduce luggage-inspired furniture like large leather trunks in lighter shades of beige and cream. Perfect to be used as side tables or coffee tables Celebrate The Luxury Of Modern Classicsdepending on their size, these can do double duty of taking care of different storage needs while brightening up rooms.
Following the cult of classic minimalism, waxed fabrics, rough Swedish linen, towelling and sacking will be used for upholstery to give furniture a contrasting modern and rustic feel. For instance, a seat would be draped with a shiny fabric and the back with hessian or sacking, thus highlighting the wood in the chair but with a defined finish.
Celebrate The Luxury Of Modern ClassicsTexture will be a big focus as people now place more importance on comfort. So, expect to see lots of high thread count linen used for beds and cushion covers around you in varying fabric patterns such as paisleys, brocade and ikat. Hungarian-Swedish linen mixed with silk and velvet, even though the materials are at odds, will be used frequently in collections. While furniture and furnishings are going to be high on comfort, the walls will sport oversized geometric, floral and vintage patterns.
To complete the look and let interiors bask in the glory of openness, vote for slated blinds and shutters. These fixtures look slick and make it easy to keep out unwanted sunlight. They are also practical and easy to clean compared to heavy curtains that gather a lot of dust and grime over time.
As any financial crisis is a time to introspect and plan for future contingencies, it is during such times that people look to nature for inspiration. Keeping up with this, it is not a surprise that sculptures with organic formed pieces are the high point with interior decorators.
More and more people are looking to invest in valuable photography and art and also to dress up home walls. To bring in some more happy feelings and vibes, different-sized and shaped vases mixed with flowers can soften room settings in straight and neutral-toned zones.

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