5 Ways To Modernize Your Residential Interior Design

5 Ways To Modernize Your Residential Interior Design

Maybe you’ve just moved into a new home. Maybe you’re in the mood for a refresh of your residential interior design. Whatever the case may be, you feel the need to redecorate your home and give it a new life.

modern open concept living room with gorgeous forest green drapes

We get it. We’ve been there and we certainly do that.

As trends change, and as we change, there always comes a time when we feel the need for a little upgrade. Modernizing your home and residential interior design with a few key pieces, styles, and design components can help satisfy the itch you’re having. And if you’re asking yourself, “what’s the best way for me to do this,” then you’re in the right spot.

Stewart-Schafer offers an uncommon approach to residential design with progressive, individualized solutions and vast knowledge of contemporary art, architecture, and interiors. We are here to help you with all the hard parts of interior design so that you can get back to enjoying your beautiful new residential interior design.

As professional interior designers, we’ve put together this list of X things you can do to modernize your residential interior design so that you have the most beautiful home on the block.

beautiful living room design with wooden beams on the ceiling

Get To Know Your Spaces

Having a plan for everything you do is the key to stunning residential design.

Master planning will take you far because having an intimate knowledge of your residential interior design or space is the first step to designing for that space. You don’t want to go into the designing phases without knowing key things such as the dimensions, location of windows, lighting, location of outlets for technology, etc. Measure everything, create a floorplan, then you can get to the good stuff. Regardless of the type of space you're working to create—a sophisticated studio, an all American office—these details will make the work of enhancing your space's features that much easier.

clean modern kitchen design

Find Inspiration

Running to your local HomeGoods and purchasing everything you think is creative and cool is not the way to go. Residential interior design takes a bit more thought than that...

To enhance your space, you need to be inspired. Thankfully, inspiration is never in short supply.

Working with professional interior design companies like Stewart-Schafer helps hone in on the exact aesthetic value you want to achieve. We specialize in custom furniture, commercial interiors, interior architecture, and residential interiors with warm modernism and contemporary flair. We bring innovative design solutions to any project, creating interiors and visual display that becomes the focus of everyday life.

We find our inspiration in the places we love like New York City, London, Los Angeles, and Connecticut, as well as in a range of the world's best furniture design, natural materials, recognized firms and their design process, and much more. You can find yours in interior design magazines, product design, and construction for interior design as well as on the internet in resources like Pinterest. To organize your thoughts before working with a design team, try mood-boarding the things you like so that you have an idea of what you want or gravitate toward for your various projects.

stunning bathtub surrounded by luscious plants

Know Your Budget (And Play Within It)

Beautiful residential interior design for offices, commercial projects, hospitality projects, fashion studio, and more is achievable on any budget.

You just have to get creative (or, rather, your interior designers have to be). Regardless of your budget, the key is to know where to spend it. As interior designers, we recommend that you understand your lifestyle and values, and use this information to influence how you spend your budget. If you're looking to modernize your kitchen and highly value entertaining people, dedicate most of your budget to your

Investing in pieces that you're going to love and use for years on end will ensure that your residential design lasts.

Upgrade! Upgrade! Upgrade!

Sometimes you don't need the full treatment, just a few touchups.

The smallest changes can make the biggest differences. If you're feeling bored of your commercial work space, residential work space, or your residential interior design in general, start looking out for things that look a bit underwhelming or old. Things that range from trimming to door handles, and hardware to light fixtures can be upgraded from your old dated ones to new contemporary ones. These elements often go overlooked in residential interior design but its always the details that are the biggest players in transforming a space.

lighting fixture

Use Modern Contemporary Design Elements and Ideas

Once your research (the important stuff) is done, it's time to get to the fun stuff.

Effective interior design uses a few key design principles to ensure the construction of a beautiful space. If you're looking to create a sophisticated space, you may want to use different principles than those you'd find or reflect upon in a New York City inspired residential room. Whatever your vibe is, you can create that with a few key modern design principles:

Color Scheme

Stick to a color scheme that you enjoy and know you won't get bored of. Try to use timeless (instead of trendy) colors and ensure that it fits your personality and lifestyle.


Everyone loves good lighting. Invest in lighting that sets a mood and isn't too harsh.


Like we said, it's the little things that make things come together. Freshen up your office or house artwork, especially if you're touching up the rest of the room. Ensure that everything feels unified and flowing within the spaces you're creating.

modern living space

Beautiful Interior Design For Your Home Is Closer Than You Think

Interiors, architecture, custom furniture, art... it's what we do.

Work with an interior designer at Stewart-Schafer to help make your dream interior come true. No matter the spaces, we can be trusted to help you transform it into something you love. From offices and studios to everything in between, leave your project in our hands and watch it change into something the world's never seen before.

Residential interior design and commercial interiors rely on innovative design solutions. Steward-Schafer is here to help you modernize your space with our unique master planning and interior design process. Read more about how to modernize your home with furniture design and residential interior design skills.

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