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Looking for a non-mainstream interior design style that catches the eyes? The Abstract Style may just be something you should look into.
A striking rendering of a living space in the spirit of abstract art is definitely not for everyone. It is after all a go-to style for visual and commercial merchandising because of its attention-grabbing and thought-provoking qualities.
But hey, there’s also room for Abstract Style in residential spaces. Foyers and powder rooms are great for this. They can showcase a homeowner’s adventurous side while giving guests some kind of entertainment.
Here's how to decorate in Abstract Style
While it can look simple, decorating in this style needs a thought-out plan. So here’s are our top tips on how to create your own Abstract Style space.
1. Simplify design elements.
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From architectural details to furniture pieces, reduce all your design elements into their simplest forms by using only simple geometric lines and shapes.
Here are some examples of how to do it, referring to the images above:
- Ceiling fan vaults are stripped to basic lines.
- Same thing with the doorways and wall panelings, too.
- A staircase that’s reduced to just the steps, even doing away with handrails.
- Columns that are in simple tube-like forms without the usual embellishments.
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Use furniture pieces with just enough forms and shapes to make them functional. Like a sofa that’s made of block cushions, coffee tables in plain cube shapes, chairs constructed with simple blocks and lines.
2. Accessorize using abstract art pieces.
This should go without saying — decorate with abstract painting, abstract area rugs, and other abstract art.
3. Use asymmetry.
Two of the most notable characteristics of Abstract Style are its being casual and dynamic. And applying asymmetry to your design is a way to achieve them.
- lop-sided doorway,
- randomized patterns,
- random placement of design elements.
4. Use lines.
Line art is a staple in Abstract Style. Whether in 2D painting or artworks, 3D sculptures, or outlining architectural details, it creates contrast that gives a space a graphic, “comic-book feel.”
Note that color for 3D elements is not a requirement. Contrast is created by the shadows they cast themselves – which brings us to our next tip…
5. Use plenty of colors... or don't.
“Colorful” is an adjective that one usually associate with Abstract Style. But for the color-averse, the style is definitely achievable using a neutral palette as shown above.
6. Give the space an obvious sculptural feel.
Think of modern sculptures when furnishing and accessorizing. And apply modern sculptural details to architectural elements such as walls and ceilings.
There you go. Our top 6 tips on how to decorate in Abstract interior design style.
If you’re the adventurous type and you have a leaning towards the different, consider Abstract Style for your next project. It’s artsy, bold, but refreshing. It’s one style that can surely make a great deal of impression.
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