1. Paint your walls white–and let your accessories do the talking.
White walls help frame and spotlight your artwork, furniture and accessories. Add splashes of color using vibrant rugs, throw pillows, lamps or other accessories to really make a statement. This also helps you easily change the feel of the room with each new season or design trend by just trading out the accessories.
2. Glossy glass tiles EVERYWHERE!
On the Austin Modern Home Tour, kitchens and bathrooms gleamed with glossy glass tiles. Some were just clear glass, while others were subtly tinted. Still others were bright with blues and bold reds. Glass tile is also making appearances in unexpected places, like around fireplaces and trimming staircases.
3. Become a bookworm.
Obviously modern home owners are readers (or they want you to think they are) because every home on the tour used books in the decor. Stack your books in a single column,on low vintage bookcases, or on a coffee table–just about everywhere there’s a flat surface.
4. Get rid of your grass and put in rocks instead.
Let’s face it: You hate mowing the lawn–so why not create a modern entrance by replacing the traditional grass with rocks? To add a more dramatic effect, combine both light and dark rocks.
5. Salvage some old wood.
Sometimes modern homes can seem cold and stark, and this year designers are warming up interiors with salvaged wood. From floors to tables and bookcases, salvaged wood creates a sense of history in places that don’t have any.
Check out more pictures from the tour at Rachel’s post. All photos by Doug Naugle.