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!
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!
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.
This nursery design is so playful and inviting both you and your baby will have a blast passing the time in it. The rainbow patterns throughout the space have a jazzy quality, which gives the eye plenty of places to rest, keeping active babies interested in an array of shapes and colors.
Many people think that if they have an heirloom piece of furniture in their home, they need to work with items from the same era or style. However, sometimes doing the opposite can create dynamic and even lovely effects. Take, for example, the pairing of this antique dining table in this modern space, which is so eye-catching and fun.
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!
Sometimes you find a piece of antique furniture that’s such a show-stopper, you have to use it as the centerpiece of your space. That’s how we felt with this classic buffet table. But even statement pieces have to go with the design of the rest of the room. In this case, we placed the buffet in the dining room, alongside a modern marble table and upholstered dining chairs. The sleek forms of both balance out the ornateness of the buffet.
Neutral and cozy! This family-friendly living room is both modern and welcoming. The cool tones of the Ravine Home sofa and chair are contrasted by the warm leather of the kid-friendly ottomans. The soft wool rug anchors the whole seating arrangement, adding a polishing touch.
A modern living room meets elegance with its neutral color palette, bright metals, and layered prints. A modern shaped gold coffee table and side tables brighten the room by reflecting sunlight. The artwork, pillows, and rugs are layered into this room with different patterns and textures adding a richness that any elegant room must have.
A Mid Century bed always makes for an attractive centerpiece. With a modern bedroom, stick to furnishings with clean lines, whether it's a small round mirror hung on the wall or a geometric rug pattern. Add some pretty accents in white finish with a crisp, calming look.
A modern blue bedroom. This sleek modern bedroom is complete with blue accents for a classic cool look. Here the large geometric abstract art and wall sconces draw your eye up, making the room appear larger while the dark rug and dresser ground the space.
This space is anchored in two styles that have long traditions and pair seamlessly together. Americana and coastal style. This is due to both styles utilizing similar colors, think rich reds and deep blues and a tendency toward woven materials that have a heritage quality to them.
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