Take A Modern Approach to These 3 Home Decor Themes
August 7, 2017
Home Decor
We often think decorating with a theme is gaudy and sometimes a bit contrived; however, finding inspiration from your favorite places like an East Coast beach, your grandmother's farmhouse kitchen, or the swanky modern art museum can add personality and chic style to your home when executed with subtlety.

Check out these tips for decorating your home around three different themes, coastal, minimalism, and farmhouse, without the tackiness and clutter.
Taryn Kent

Coastal: Keep it cool and clean
If you love seaside style, keep it crisp and clean without taking the nautical theme, well, overboard. Avoid decorating with too many cliche items, like seashells, oars, and model sailboats, and stick to a classier coastal style with light and bright items mixed with nautical blue. Dress up a comfy white sofa with embroidered pillows like this coral pillow or this cheeky and fun octopus pillow from Pier 1.

Complement beachy, neutral tones with bold, navy striped curtain panels to frame your room's windows.
Tessa Neustadt

Minimalism: Add more texture
If clean lines and absolutely no clutter is your thing, decorating your home around a minimalist theme is for you. But decorator beware, it's easy to make your home feel cold and uninviting. Keep things minimal, but still homey, but combining different textures in the same neutral tones. A fringed blanket in a beautiful ivory keeps clean, white bedding from looking stark and uncomfortable. A stack of your favorite antique books adds a slight rustic touch to a modern dresser from Wayfair.

Be sure to incorporate rich wood tones, a cool potted succulent, and a cozy area rug to add warmth and texture to your minimalistic look.
Tessa Neustadt

Farmhouse: Choose heirloom-quality
Thanks to the popularity of Waco-based TV show "Fixer Upper," farmhouse style is all the rage. From farm signage about farmers markets, fresh baked pies, rustic metal details and shiplap, it's easy to make your suburban home feel like a little,white farmhouse on a ranch in the country by taking a shopping trip to any big box store.

But rather than sticking tacky roosters on your kitchen counter and covering every inch of your walls in reproduced farm signage, keep the theme simple by choosing just a couple of distinctly farmhouse decorative items, like a DIY feature wall of white-painted shiplap and an old-timey scale topped with freshly dried garden herbs for your kitchen counter. Because farmhouse style is nearly timeless, choose an heirloom-quality dining table fit for anyone's country cottage, like this extendable farmhouse table from Wayfair.

Style Me Pretty Contributor - Ali Struhs is a freelance writer, blogger, and boy mama in Denver, Colorado. When not typing away on the computer, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors, rocking out at Red Rocks, and chasing around her toddler.