Modern style matches simplicity with sophistication and clean lines with character to create comfortable rooms with cutting-edge design.
Modern style is widely recognized by its clean lines and minimalist decor. But today's modern approach resists the cold, institutional look. Instead, it balances simplicity with the comforts of home. Fabrics in textural solids or bold, graphic patterns bring softness, and shapely furniture adds an inviting touch.
In this slideshow, consider the furniture styles, color schemes, and decorative touches that can make your modern space trendy yet inviting.
A neutral color palette is the trademark of modern design. Predominantly white walls provide a sharp background for contrasting dark and light neutrals (usually blacks, browns, and grays against whites and creams). Within that neutral scheme, add interest with texture in fabrics and just enough patterns to make a statement without complicating the clean design.
Grays are sophisticated neutrals for an upscale modern look. The dark, shaded tones offer more visual interest than solid black while keeping a clean, minimalist look.
Modern style is known for its sleek look, often achieved with particular materials. Choose those with smooth surfaces and polished finishes, such as the refreshing blend of glass tile, marble, and sleek wood in this stunning bathroom.
Modern style is widely recognized by an open floor plan, where large and plentiful windows let in lots of natural light. Angular and geometric lines in the architecture make things interesting and provide the stepping-stones for furnishings and accessories to follow suit.
"Less is more" could be the tagline of modern style. The key to decorating a modern space is eliminating clutter by keeping the furnishings and accessories pared-down. This approach creates a soothing, restful retreat in this bedroom.
Modern style welcomes the unusual, so look for ways to incorporate avant-garde design. Seek out unusual shapes in furnishings or unique patterns in fabrics. In this bathroom, floating wall-mount sinks and a large square tub encased in sleek wood are unique designs that give the space a one-of-a-kind look.
The simplicity of modern style can leave room for softer decorating touches, such as the traditional pattern in this living room wallpaper. The tone-on-tone color keeps the ornate pattern subtle enough to blend with contemporary furnishings, while its classic design playfully contrasts the graphic wall art.
Organic elements bring life to a strictly modern room. From planted pots and a real fire to a simple centerpiece of fresh flowers, incorporate touches of nature and life to keep modern style livable and inviting.
In modern style, minimal doesn't mean without detail. The key is to keep visually interesting details clean and linear, instead of busy and ornate. In this contemporary living space, linear glass panels lining the staircase and a noteworthy light fixture that graphically reflects the rectangular table make a stunning statement with a minimalistic approach.