Modern Style Décor Celebrity: Nigel Barker

Nigel Barker is a style icon. He elevates every space with sophistication and attention to detail, whether he’s behind the camera or in front of it. His chic furniture collection, available exclusively at Art Van Furniture, will help elevate your Modern style décor.

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“Be Timeless and Chic”

“Like a life well lived, design should be multifaceted and meaningful. I’ve always aspired to be timeless and chic,” says Nigel. “Sleek silhouettes and soothing colors create a calm oasis where you can unwind and recharge. My hope is that you’ll style rooms are meaningful and multifaceted.”

Nigel gets a lot of modern style décor inspiration from in the fashion industry. “Style, fashion, design, and furniture are linked intrinsically at every level,” he says. “Ultimately, when you make a fashion statement, it’s about your personality – it’s about who you are as a person. But when you make a statement about who you are in your home with furniture, you’re making an even larger statement because these are pieces that have to live on past your outfit for that day.”

Create a Nigel-inspired room by carefully selecting each furnishing and accent piece for its beauty and meaning. In addition, clear out the clutter and bring a sense of serenity to your room. While pops of color are always welcome, embrace neutral colors and natural materials, mixing textures and styles. When you design a space with livable luxury, you make every day special.

How to Design a Modern Style Dining Room

The holidays are around the corner, and that means all eyes will soon be on your dining room. Set the table for a sophisticated gathering by designing your space with modern style. This look is simple and sleek, and requires just a few essentials to wow and impress. Whether you need all new furniture or a few touches to give your space a modern makeover, here’s how to create a modern style dining room.

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Choose Sleek Furniture

Look for modern style dining room furniture with straight, sleek lines. Choose a table made from lacquer, polished wood or glass, and pair it with matching chairs for a streamlined, unified feel. If you have space, add the matching sideboard. Modern style has few details or fuss; look for pieces that are simple and clean.

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 Hang a Statement Chandelier

Give your modern style dining room wow factor by choosing a statement chandelier. Look for lots of sparkle, with polished metal and glass. A statement chandelier will serve as a centerpiece, minimizing the need for a lot of accent and décor.

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Select Artwork

Use one bold piece of art in the room that coordinates with the furniture. Less is more with Modern Style, so you want to spend time choosing the right piece. An abstract painting is a good choice, especially one that adds a pop of color.

Three Modern Style Accessories

Modern style is all about simplicity. The calm feeling celebrates the idea that less is more, making each piece important in your rooms. Update your Modern Style home by changing out the accents. Here are three modern style accessories that will make your spaces look trendy and chic.

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Aluminum Tray

This beautiful metallic tray would look beautiful on a sideboard or as a centerpiece on a modern dining table. Its textured finish would pick up the light.

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Art

Black and white artwork makes a striking statement in a modern home. The abstract design of this canvas would be perfect choice of modern style accessories, providing a statement with the neutral palette of your décor.

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Pendant Light

Blend function with fashion by choosing a modern pendant light. This striking piece would be perfect hung over a nightstand or use two over your kitchen island.

Three Modern Style Trends for Fall

The clean designs and simple silhouettes of modern style bring a feeling of Zen to your home for the ultimate escape from the busy world. Calm and collected, the “less is more” attitude allows every item in the room to shine. This season a few modern style trends give your home a fresh twist.

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Pops of Pink and Navy

The neutral palette of modern style gets a pop of color with pink and navy serving as ideal accent colors. Add this modern style trend with toss pillows, a sleek chair or bench, or striking wall art.

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Silver and gold accents

Add a touch of glam by choosing furnishings and accents with touches of silver and gold. The metallic details bring sparkle and shine to a room where sleek is the name of the game.

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Luxurious textures

While modern style is sleek, textures are still important. Choose luxurious textures such as leather or mirror. A bit of contrast in finishes will provide lots of interest.

Five Characteristics of a Modern Style Home

A Modern Style home is sleek and sophisticated, upping the elegance quotient in your rooms and making you feel refined. Clean lines and simple silhouettes are the hallmark of the collection, with neutral colors and luxurious finishes. From your living room to the bedroom, you’ll love the latest version of modern style. To create this look in your home, here are five characteristics to consider:

 

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1. Balance and proportion

A modern style room will have minimal furnishings, which means that balance is vital. Each piece of furniture should be in proportion with the room and with each other. Nothing should seem too big or too small. The overall feeling should be of harmony among your furnishings. In addition, arrange pillows, artwork and lamps in pairs or asymmetrically to one side.

2. Quality over quantity

Because you have fewer items, focus on selecting the best quality you can afford. In a living room, for example, the sofa will be the main focal point and it should be the center of the room. Choose one that is well-made and unique.

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3. Pay attention to the details

Because there are few furnishings, design details become more important. An embroidered pillow, nail-head trim on a chair, or sleek hardware will add unexpected texture and richness without adding clutter. And accessories, kept to a minimum, should be thoughtfully chosen for impact.

4. Neutral tones

While a bold splash of color can be introduced in artwork or a single accent, furnishings in a modern style home should be in neutral tones, such as black, white, gray or taupe. When you have too many colors, the room will look too busy; instead, stick to a more monochromatic tone that feels calming and sophisticated. In a modern interior, the walls act as a background instead of a feature, so it’s best to choose neutral shades that complement your furnishings.

 

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5. Lots of light

Let in as much natural light as you can by forgoing window treatments whenever possible. Also choose fixtures, such as statement pendants or dramatic floor lamps that serve double duty as a light source and art.