What should a modern home look like? Surely this is a question that many of you been wondering at some point during a renovation or remodeling project. We created this handy guide to help you get started, with plenty of inspirational pictures to pinpoint the key elements of a perfect modern interior.
First thing we are likely to see when walking into a modern home is an open-space layout, so if you are making a total renovation make sure to knock down as many walls as possible to create one large area that includes living, dining and kitchen.
All furnishing and colors should be wisely balanced and coordinated to create a sense of wholeness and unity. Define the spaces using sofas, rugs, low cabinets, tables and plants.
The use of color can be quite limited in modern interiors, usually white & black work as base colors with accents of light browns and similar neutral tones to soften it up. You can incorporate plenty of natural materials, these include wood, stone, leather, teak – all materials that provide warmth and texture to a space otherwise too clinical.
Fireplace is very important in a modern home, offers that much needed warmth and comfort to a room. Fireplace design has come a long way – no more curved arches here – but some amazing sculptured fireplace that will keep your eyes starring at it for hours. This is also the perfect place to show off your wall art piece – modern interiors are all about less is more – so only one large statement art work would do the job, this is a great way to bring some color into your space without making it look cluttered.
Clean lines and sharp edges have made their way into the bathroom too, with white suspended wall units and ceiling high mirrors your bathroom will look double of its size, giving the entire space a feeling of airiness and keeping the floor clutter free for easy cleaning. Bring a splash of your favorite color with some large artistic tiles to resemble a wall art, best if placed on a single wall of the room for a stylish and neat effect!
All passageways and hallways need to be well thought out too, don’t have to feel like a separate part of the home. Create some large ceiling high internal passageways to open up and let more light in, playing with different sized volumes will add interest and depth to the architectural structure. Use a bold statement wall as the main focal point of the area, paired to matching color geometric decor to balance both sides of the room.
If you have a second story home then your modern stairs will be simple and straightforward, the design will be functional and linear. Black frame is a popular choice and will easily match the rest of the interior, for a sleeker look you could opt for a silver rail and glass parapet for a classy see-through look.
Modern lighting offers a wide range of designs and shapes, there is so much to choose from, you can really add some personal taste and creativity here. Other then their practical purpose, lightning are a wonderful addition to an interior.
Modern lightning are mostly large geometrical shapes, they can be matte or sparkly, however is best to keep the design simple and not intricate, a crystal chained chandelier would totally look out of place in a modern interior.
A typical modern home exterior is very boxy, with flat roofs, grid windows and black industrial features. Most common elements used are concrete, stone and inserts of wood panels. The entrance door and staircase are linear and essential, usually black, wood or silver.
Windows tend to be extra large and with absolutely no shutters. However, they still look inviting and welcoming, the external architecture is an anticipation of the internal design, it reflects the same tones and materials used.
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