Modern Design Ideas

Modern design, though often confused with contemporary style, is a distinct style within itself. Modern style design is inspired by the early 20th century, while contemporary is always evolving. Modern style design stems from Scandanavian roots and boasts a clean-lined look with a hint of industrialism due to the time period this design style was born. The decor is minimal and colors are neutral, but this doesn't mean that modern style lacks any bit of warmth and personality. Modern style is made up of elements that celebrate natural materials, neutral tones, and the absence of ornate detailing. It is simple, but it is impactful in its stature. If you’ve ever heard “form follows function”, this notion was born in the modern movement. This notion means that all of the furnishings and decor of a space should be reflective of their intended use, and not purely decorative or for aesthetic purposes. If it is just a decoration to enhance the space, in a modern style home, it would be eliminated. Of course, this is the roots of this style, but as we see in the 21st-century use of Modern style design, while still simple, there is the additional use of decor and aesthetics. So what does Modern design actually look like? You may see things like low horizontal furniture, especially in the living room and bedroom settings. Structural elements like beams are left exposed and there is a lack of extra fluff in the space. Unlike transitional or contemporary styles where horizontal lines are heavily balanced with curves, in Modern design, the emphasis is on horizontal and vertical lines and their juxtaposition rather than curves. Natural light is a large player in modern style, which leads to unadorned or even the lack of window treatments. Wood, concrete, leather, and other natural fibers in a more refined and simplistic state are used as materials in this style as well. When many think of Modern style, they may picture a stark or cold space. True modern style isn’t either of those things, however! With the use of neutrals, natural light, and natural materials, this style can be very warm and welcoming. For example, a living room may consist of a low profile linen sofa, a warm teak wood coffee table, a taupe wool rug, and a space flooded in sunshine! The use of neutrals can range from black and white to an array of browns, off whites, and honey-colored wood tones - all depending on the dwellers’ preferences. This can create a very calm and inviting atmosphere, not too dissimilar to a minimalist style. Modern style is often found in modern style homes, due to the architecture and structural elements of a room being so important for Modern design. From high ceilings to wall clad in modern wood paneling and large floor to ceiling windows, modern designs excel in modern architecture. This doesn’t mean if you have a home that isn’t modern that you can not implement this style! By using a neutral palette, furnishings, maximizing natural light, and leaning into the practice of form follows function, then you can create a beautiful modern style space in any home. We hope you enjoy our ever-growing collection of Modern style design ideas!

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Picture (Pattern) Perfect

Picture (Pattern) Perfect

Liven up your contemporary space with playful patterns. In this room, geometric wall-art, shibori pillows, and a traditional hand-woven rug in a pale pattern make for a pretty picture.

A Neutral Living Room Filled With Natural Materials

A Neutral Living Room Filled With Natural Materials

This living room features a neutral color palette — whites, blacks, browns. But a variety of natural materials adds texture and visual interest to this space — from the patterned jute rug to the variety of woven baskets and pendants, the solid wood coffee table, and the leather pouf. And no space with natural materials is complete without a pop of greenery!

Geometric and Eclectic

Geometric and Eclectic

Want to jazz up your living room? Add a few playful pops of geometric pattern to the space. Just make sure to balance out the design with some solid fields of color to give them a little breathing room.

Modern Rustic Space with Pops of Black

Modern Rustic Space with Pops of Black

We really enjoy the way this modern rustic space ties in a bit of black for added impact. The dark color adds just enough drama to the space to make things interesting. 

The Bright & Boldly Modern Living Space

The Bright & Boldly Modern Living Space

A light tan-leather sofa is a statement piece, no matter the style of your living room. Give it a colorful and modern eclectic edge by combining it with an industrial metal coffee table and a blue geometric rug. Then mix it up by layering in lots of pillows, graphic art, a woven pouf, and some cool lighting. It'll all add up to a look that's cheery and bold but still warmly inviting.

Subtle and Seductive

Subtle and Seductive

A delightful mix of soft blues and camel hues make this contemporary space feel extra inviting. The elegant, overdyed rug is handwoven and made of durable wool, ensuring this space remains enticing for years to come.

Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine

A thick, woven jute rug adds an extra cozy vibe to this contemporary living room. Its soft texture will feel great underfoot, and its light oat coloring will add extra sunshiney brightness to any space.

Modern Industrial Living Room

Modern Industrial Living Room

Step into this curated masculen style living room. This space combines sleek modern furniture with rough industrial accents. While pops of blue help soften the space. 

"Floating" Furniture

"Floating" Furniture

In this modern living room, the furniture almost feels like it is floating. This is done by having very small legs on every piece. With the smaller legs, it allows you to see to the other side of the room with very little interruptions giving you the feeling of everything floating.

Comfort is King

Comfort is King

A vintage finish floral rug adds a cozy, lived-in feel to this contemporary space taking the comfort level up a notch with its inviting charm.

A Little Bit of Boho

A Little Bit of Boho

The Ivory Dylan Rug seen here adds a bit of boho charm to this modern living room space, mixing a touch of casual warmth to the contemporary cool.

Living Room with Contrast

Living Room with Contrast

We love the way a black and white color palette makes an impact in a neutral living room. A conversational seating arrangement is created with a modern sofa in a light upholstery fabric paired with black leather chairs for contrast. A shag rug adds a boho touch to the space! 

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