How to Design Modern Chic

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

Spring is here and for many home owners (or interior lovers) that means updating their spaces. This could be as major as a renovation or as minor as swapping out some pillows and accessories for the new spring trends. One of the spring trends that has been a hit with millennial is Modern Chic.

This design style, like many, goes by various names depending on who you’re talking to: modern chic, glam modern, Parisian chic, etc. Multiple names aside, this style revolves around the feminine. It’s the style of a classy and sophisticated lady mixed with the bright and youthful energy of a trendy urban fashionista. It’s girly all grown up. Swap out your childhood ruffly linen for animal print rugs, trade in sequins and rhinestones for gold brass fixtures, and you got yourself a modern chic home.

Interested in achieving the modern chic look for yourself? Here are a few tips and tricks to execute this design style.

Herringbone Lay


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When laying your flooring or tile, instead of an ashlar or stacked layout, switch it up to herringbone. It’s a subtle and chic way to add some pattern into your space. You know what else is chic? Sustainable design. Remember when choosing wood to go for FSC certified woods, and tiles made from recycled material.

Bright and Fun Colors


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To make a space feel cheerful and light, use pastels and citrus tones such as aquamarine, mint green, and tangerine orange. *Design tip = Unless you have a good sense of design, either use the color on the walls or through furniture but not both. You don’t want your space looking like an easter egg basket.

Brass Details


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Gold accessories don’t have to be just in the form of bracelets and necklaces. Glam up your home’s fixtures by swapping them out for brass/gold. Add gold to cabinet pulls, toilet accessories, faucets, and light fixtures to make a chic statement.

White Marble Counters


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Nothing says classy chic like luxurious materials such as marble. Unless your willing to splurge on actual marble, you can achieve this look through quartzite. It’s a cheaper cost and is durable enough to have in your kitchens and baths. No one will be able to tell the difference!

Subway Tile


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Yes you heard me, subway tile. White subway tile creates a fresh and clean appearance. Go for a glossy finish to bring in that lacquered look found in chic modern design. If you want to take your tile to the next level, try one with beveled edges to create a little depth to your walls.

Gallery Wall


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A chic modern space needs some art on its walls. A wall gallery of cheerful prints and quirky sculptures brings sophistication yet fun to the room. *Design Tip = To achieve a wall gallery look, use a variety of different sized frames both vertically and horizontally. Start with your largest piece in the middle, then work away from it by adding the other frames around the piece.

Soft Textures


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A classy lady needs her space to feel as good as it looks. Add soft textures such as faux fur (leave the fur on the animals please) and velvets on pillows, throws, and rugs to give some textural dimension to the space.

Funky Pieces


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Statement pieces aren’t just for wardrobes. Find a funky, one-of-a-kind piece for each space. They don’t have to be big. I actually prefer small decor items sprinkled throughout my spaces. It’s like a treasure hunt to find those oddities.

Small Scale Furniture


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Small scale furniture helps a space feel light and airy. It also creates a delicate aesthetic, which helps achieve the feminine appeal of chic modern design. Look for pieces with slim profiles, slender legs, and open space.

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