One idea you might like to try is wallpaper panels. Choose a design in an accent colour that matches a key piece of your furniture – or consciously clashes with it. Select picture frames as plain or ornate as you like along with your paper cut to size. Best of all, when you tire of the look, these frames can be easily changed and updated; no decorator required.
Dressing a fireplace will add a striking modern touch. This simple, white-washed surround elevates a well-curated row of earthenware pots and easy-to-care-for succulents. This look encapsulates cool loft living.
A bold grey surround is instantly modern and timeless. The mirror frame and contemporary chandelier work especially well in creating a cool, calm, and collected look. If this is too cold for you, add warmth with soft furnishings. Yellow, orange, or electric blue cushions and throws sit beautifully against grey.
Another simple and eye-catching trick is to mount a modern painting or print on the chimney breast. This black and white example stands out and the pebble-like shapes help to break up the otherwise dominant horizontal lines.