Modern Design: Discover the Joy of Simple, Clean, Uncluttered Space

Modern style Master Bathroom opens to Hollywood hills view

Modern style Master Bathroom features lava rock and view of Hollywood hills

If you love clean lines, accessory-free space, and neutrals with primary colors, then modern design may be the style for you.  The essence of modern interior design includes basic shapes, functional lines and curves, materials like metal, chrome, and glass – and furnishings without decorative parts.  If you want clean, simple and serene interiors, here are 5 questions to help you determine if modern design is right for you:

1.  What is Modern Interior Design Style?

Modern interiors are sleek, spacious, simple, and focus on function and organization.  No clutter or chaos allowed.  Modern design uses basic geometry (simple edges, curves and angles) and clean lines in furniture, architecture and sculpture.  This style grew from the idea to build for function, to do without traditional decoration, and to embrace industrial materials like chrome, glass and concrete, which new technologies make available.

If you hate to dust around knick-knacks or polish detailed carvings, sleek modern design makes your life easier.  Less is more.  If you enjoy open space, and don’t need to fill it in with furniture and accessories, you will enjoy the openness of modern interiors.

2.  What Makes Modern Furniture Modern?

Modern furniture is streamlined with polished, smooth and sleek surfaces.  Pieces are simple, uncluttered, built for economy of form, and to serve a purpose.  Furniture pieces are kept to a bare minimum.  The driving design concept is honesty: keeping structure and building material in plain view.  Sustainability is gaining importance.   More designers are reclaiming materials for use in modern design, and building from renewable resources.

3.  What about Accessories in Modern Design?

Art, rather than accessories, has a firm place in modern interiors. No cute little trinkets or blankets tossed over the furniture. Rather, art pieces are carefully chosen for their unique appeal, and to serve as a focal point in a space.  Geometric-patterned or plain area rugs provide accent colors and accentuate the bold look of modern interiors.

4.  What about Color?

From its beginnings, modern designers embraced pure color — black, white, and neutrals with vibrant primary colors.  Today, color schemes still use white and neutrals, with colorful accents.  Too many different colors will overpower the balance of your modern room.  Colors enhance the overall impact of your space.  Bold contrast using reds, greens, or black, for example, can provide a visual back drop on a wall, for large pieces;  bold color can emphasize the lines of furniture pieces.

5.  Who is Modern Design For?

Modern design is a fabulous choice for apartment dwellers because it increases space and creates the illusion of a larger room.  Young, busy professionals particularly love this decorating style since the space is easily kept clean without knick knacks or ornate decorative furniture to dust.  Spur of the moment entertaining is simple and quick.

Families with young children may find this style more challenging to adopt.  Hard edges, breakable glass and clutter-intolerance may not work for the very young.  However, a skilled designer with an eye for child-safe furniture and storage can help you and your children enjoy modern design and a safe, happy life together.

Famous families that make modern design work for them include: Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Ellen Degeneres and Portia di Rossis, and Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.

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