Focused primarily on function, not form, the modern style implements clean lines and avoids unnecessary accessories and decorative elements. Some people believe this interior design style is cold and impersonal, even harsh while others say it promotes simplicity and calmness as opposed to clutter and agitation.
The modern style is not as urban as the industrial style where you will see exposed beams and bare concrete walls. It features polished finishes, neutral colors topped with a single bold shade, minimal use of textures and frequent bold geometric forms. Here’s how you can turn your house into a modern haven.
Modern homes are not cluttered. The space between pieces of furniture is just as important as the objects themselves. You should guide your choices by the saying “less is more.” Modern interiors are not necessarily minimalistic but they definitely try to balance empty and occupied space. The lines are distinctive, sharp and smooth.
Most modern designs feature neutral colors like black, white and shades of gray but a single block that displays a bold color is accepted to blend with the neutrals. For example, keep the walls and windows white and add a bold color for other design elements like artwork or furniture. You could consider installing colored spotlights if you don’t want to add any other boldly colored piece to the design.
Rugs are rarely seen and if they exist, they shouldn’t cover much of the smooth floor. Most people opt for wood in the rooms and tiles in the kitchen and bathroom. If you must use a carpet, try to warm up the atmosphere by choosing a small soft rug that makes you feel happy and playful just by touching it with your bare feet. The same goes for pillows that should have a fluffy texture to make up for the cold look of the surroundings. You should stay away from prints though. They don’t have a place in a modern design.