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Do you love clean lines, architectural features, and subtle retro elements? Abstract interior design may be for you. Inspired by modern, retro, and minimalist design trends, interior spaces decorated in this style use contrast to balance bold elements, like colourful lamps, artworks, and accent furniture, with neutral-coloured walls, flooring, or seating.
Decorating in an abstract style allows you to explore space and colour in new ways. A hallway or powder room would be great places to showcase your adventurous side; inviting you to play with new ways to incorporate your personality with statement pieces, geometric shapes and patterns, bold textiles, and accent furniture that challenges the eye.
When it comes to the overarching elements to keep in mind, there are a few crucial things to include if you want to avoid a confused, inharmonious space.
- Make sure colours are accents in wall art or focal points.
- Focus on geometric patterns and shapes.
- Balance out patterns and colour with sleek, functional furniture.
A striking space in the spirit of abstract art is definitely not for everyone. It’s bold, eye-catching, and thought-provoking - an interior style often adopted by visual and commercial merchandising.
While it can look simple, decorating in this style needs a thought-out plan. Today, you can learn more about this decor style - we have put together our top tips on creating your own Abstract Style space.
CHARACTERISTICS OF ABSTRACT INTERIOR DESIGN
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One of the fundamental features of abstract interiors is colour. From bright colours to pastels - this design style showcases daring, eye-catching hues.
Abstract interiors aren’t restricted to one colour scheme but instead finding colours that you love and match your personality. Warm or cool tones, bright colours, or pastels, find colours that affect your mood positively!
Sometimes, the colours in a piece of art inspire the colour scheme for the whole room, creating a curated and cohesive feel. Interior designers often balance these bold colours with neutral tones - and in some cases, rely entirely on a neutral colour palette to make a statement piece pop.
You can use contrast to draw attention to a focal point or create a sense of balance. For example, contrast bright colours with black or metallics to make them pop or balance a loud pattern by taking an otherwise minimalist approach to your decor.
Dealing with a monochromatic room is always a good choice that will never disappoint. With a harmonious palette of white and crème, the vibrancy and richness of colour will be in the spotlight, perfectly contrasting against a neutral backdrop.
3. Focal Points.
Though the abstract aesthetic welcomes the bold and adventurous, it avoids becoming too loud or messy by contrasting drama with simplicity. Start with the focal point when you begin designing. Don’t put this vital feature last - it will appear like an afterthought in your final plan.
Let the focal point drive decisions about the overall floor plan, furniture placement, lighting, and other components of the room’s design. If your focal point is already clear and attractive - enhance its appeal by using basic accents to elevate the feel of the room.
4. Geometric Shapes.
The abstract design style embraces geometric shapes that challenge the eye. Points, lines, surfaces, form, shape, angles – all words associated with geometry - be it in the classroom or the world of design.
Geometric patterns will forever be one of the most sought-after interior design trends. This is because these patterns, prints, and shapes are so versatile that they can accommodate various tastes.
Like modern design, the style welcomes clean lines, which can be reflected in architectural elements, furniture, textiles, and other accent pieces; Persian, Oriental, and Moroccan Rugs.
HOW TO INCORPORATE ABSTRACT ELEMENTS INTO YOUR HOME
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Whether you are working with an interior designer or taking on a DIY design project, there are many ways to experiment with abstract style in your home decor:
- Hanging abstract paintings on the wall is a straightforward way to incorporate this design trend into any room.
- The abstract style invites you to step outside the box with your furniture choices.
- From chandeliers to lamps, your choice of lighting can impart many abstract qualities while providing a stunning focal point that captivates.
- Incorporating attention-grabbing geometric patterns into your decor is another way to bring the abstract aesthetic into your home.
Using patterns in your interior adds depth and dimension. There are so many different geometric patterns, you’ll be able to find something unique to you.