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Why Less Is More. The Sleek Modern Look

Sophistication is defined as “displaying good taste, wisdom and subtlety” and that certainly applies to the Sleek Modern look, a major interior design trend for 2015. Elegant and simple, Sleek Modern appeals to people who like the “less is more” approach, but don’t want to go as far as minimalism.
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Authentic materials and simple, clean lines create beauty and balance. Smooth, shaped wooden furniture, glossy modern finishes, interesting textures and subtle patterns bring sophistication and elegance to any room.

The Monza wooden bedstead suits the Sleek Modern look perfectly, with its refined, light oak finish and subtly curved lines.

Sleek Modern has its roots in the 20th century Modern movement. After the excessive ornamentation of the Victorian age, designers yearned for pure, rational design. The Bauhaus school in Germany pioneered the use of industrial materials and the “form follows function” ideal was born.

Prestigious British furniture maker, ercol, has as its ethos “design for comfort, design for function, design for beauty” and its exquisitely simple pieces are the perfect fit for the Sleek Modern look. The beautiful ercol Savona 7 drawer tall chest has distinctive outwardly curved sides, with seven drawers providing plenty of storage.

This look is pared back rather than starkly minimalist. Accessories in a choice of materials from smooth natural woods to stainless steel add impact and interest. The Lazer metal cutwork table lamp makes a striking statement. Its sleek black shade complements the shiny, cut out metal work base.

Strong horizontal lines suit the Sleek Modern look. Chairs, beds, side tables or sofas are smooth, shaped and often low-rise, so as not to impede natural light flowing in from windows. The mid-century modern inspired Monza 1 drawer nightstand is simplicity itself.

Textured neutral fabrics work well. We love the Bobo wool rug with its sumptuous deep pile and subtle black diamond pattern inspired by North African design.

The use of colour or pattern in a throw, cushion or accent chair adds interest. The bold black and white Geometric Ikat cushion brings a splash of vibrant pattern to a neutral sofa or bed. Carefully chosen accessories enhance your scheme, such as the Ondatta mirror with its outwardly radiating mirrored frame. Bright and light, it creates an eye-catching focal point.

The Sleek Modern style is ideal if you would like to create a sophisticated interior design scheme for your home. By choosing furniture with simple, clean lines and being selective with accessories, you can create a look that’s smooth, elegant and right on trend.


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