February 3

Mastering Modern Home Design: A Complete Guide


What do we consider being a creative design? If we are talking about interior design, this is enhancing the look and appearance inside your home. What you’ll find in this all comes down to personal style. This article will take on a very attractive style introducing you to modern design.

Variants of modern design

Modern design came from the concept of modern thinking during a time when the intellectual movement was just getting started. At the very beginning of the industrial revolution, some elements include hints of political expression through creative intention. Many of the various styles that have been linked to modern design aren’t a single category either.

There is Minimalism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Bauhaus, Futurism, and Neo-Dada to name a few. But don’t let the names fool you, since these styles all complement one another to some degree. To begin planning the modern design of any room, you do need to stick to some design rules.

Clean designed lines

Unlike contemporary design which uses curves and rounded lines, the modern design relies on straight lines. Very little detail is added to these lines since they are meant to stretch from one point to another. Especially in kitchens where cabinets and countertops feature these lines more often. The use of monochromatic colors will also be added for visual texture and color separation.

In the living room, it will be common that bookcases and shelves are inset to show-off stretching lines. There will be no additional door molding or trimming along the walls. Keeping an area open and wide provides a controlled space with an open-air feeling.

No shortage of shiny metal

Another facet of modern design is using polished chrome and stainless steel. Traditional metals won’t work in this case if you think about a rustic kitchen design. The concept of smooth and highly polished metal surfaces creates an illusion of cleanliness. It also provides a very futuristic approach to design with surfaces they reflect upon. This also helps create another illusion of more space that isn’t actually available.

Much like adding full-length mirrors along a wall concealing a closet, rooms become twice as large as they appear. Shining metal surfaces are also a notable accent that gives a fresh new look rather than a lived-in one.

A minimal amount of clutter

A fascinating aspect of minimalism is to use the ‘less is more’ approach to modern design. You’re providing as much open space for areas that make rooms look larger while maximizing the signature efficiency of available space. There is no need to over-pack and crowd a living room or family room. What this provides is storage shelving that is built into the wall or is hidden out of direct sight.

Cabinets that appear as walls are used to store items that would otherwise take-up excess space. This allows rooms to have a more comfortable look due to the lack of excess items out in the way.

Bursts of accent colors

Even though decorative elements and items normally appear on tables, shelves, and couches, these are all missing with modern design. Instead what you will find are impressive splashes of color carefully added to a wall. These can extend in the kitchen as strips of vertical or horizontal color. In the living room, these can also be single pieces of furniture including easy chairs and couches.

Certain decorative items on tables will follow this rule with at least one item that matches the same color design.

Lighting a room

What makes any room look more futuristic and modern is adding recessed lights everywhere. In some cases, the addition of sleek wall sconces that are rectangular shaped sources of light. In the kitchen, the recessed lighting can be in the ceiling but not limited to underneath hanging cabinets. Any kind of hanging lamp must fit into the design in some way so anything hanging should be smooth and polished.

For the living room, adding a hanging chandelier also needs to match a modern or futuristic style. Many of the newest LED chandeliers are perfect since they incorporate subtle reflective lines with glowing bars of light. Once again, don’t use any kind of curved or spiral shapes since this may clash with the style that modern design represents.


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