What is modern design style?
Modern design refers to an era that has passed, while contemporary design is all about the now and the future. The most popular modern design era is the mid-century modern era of the 1950s and 1960s. But Art Deco design of the 1920s or anything from then to the vintage look of the 1970s can also be considered modern
Modern is a broad design term that typically refers to a home with clean, crisp lines, a simple color palette and the use of materials that can include metal, glass and steel.
Modern design employs a sense of simplicity in every element, including furniture. A word that’s commonly used to describe modern style is sleek, and there is not a lot of clutter or accessories involved with a modern style.
Here are 7 characteristics of modern interior design style:
• Simple and unadorned. …
• Natural materials and earthy tones. …
• Clean Lines. …
• Uncluttered Spaces. …
• Natural light and unadorned windows. …
• Simple, functional furniture. …
• Monochrome color palette
What is a modern contemporary design?
Contemporary style encompasses a range of styles developed in the latter half of the 20th century. Pieces feature softened and rounded lines as opposed to the stark lines seen in modern design. Interiors contain neutral elements and bold color, and they focus on the basics of line, shape and form.
Modern Architecture as a Style
If you had to describe your decorating style, what would it be? Do you like filling your shelves with antiques? Or maybe you like more rustic looking furniture? Or perhaps you like filling your geometric-shaped shelves with nothing at all? All of these are different styles for the inside of a home or building. Much like this, people have different tastes and styles for designing the outside of homes and buildings. The character, design, and style of a building or home is referred to as architecture.
There are many different architectural styles characterized by the features that make a building or a home. In architecture, these features are classified as visual appearance, structure, materials, and historic period and apply to all styles of architecture, including modern.
Modern architecture is an architectural style that refers to a large group of similar buildings that emerged in many countries by the practice of many architects between the 1920s and 1950s. Modern architecture first took off in Europe and then made its way into the American style.
Bauhaus, a German school of art and architecture, made a large impact on the style of modern architecture, such as the ‘less is more’ principle. When the school was closed due to pressure from the rising Nazi regime, its faculty immigrated to the United States. Thus, the Bauhaus influence traveled to America and was renamed the International Style. The International Style was suitable for all countries and cultures, because it was for the ‘modern man’ at anyplace he existed. The International Style is comprised of key characteristics, including simplicity of form, functionality, clean structure, lack of ornamentation, and rejection of traditional styles.
The word “modern” is one of the most misused phrases in decorating. Often confused with contemporary style, today’s modern style is actually based on a design movement that was birthed around the turn of the 20th century. Modern style furnishings and decor celebrate natural materials, neutral or earthy colors, and the elimination of unnecessary detailing. While you may see a range of colors in contemporary styling, modern styles would have monochromatic colors.
History of the Modern Style of Decor
With roots in German and Scandinavian architecture and design, the modern style is simple and unadorned. In fact, it is connected to the age of machination and is often referred to of that of the 1920s to 1950s. The modern style movement continued to grow in popularity throughout the first half of the 20th century, and later derivatives of this style are known as midcentury modern and postmodern.
One of the key beliefs behind the modern design movement is the idea that “form follows function.” In other words, the design of all furnishings and decorative objects should reflect its intended purpose, and if a furnishing, decor, or decorating detail does not have a practical purpose, then it can be eliminated.
Typical Characteristics of a Modern Space
This philosophy behind the modern style makes it a perfect decorating choice for those who like simple, uncluttered spaces with clean lines and a lack of fussy adornments. It goes well in the open floor plans that accompanied the development of this style.
If you’re thinking of decorating a space in modern style, here are a few things you should know.
Structural elements (such as concrete or beams) often left exposed
Emphasis on horizontal and vertical lines with fewer curves
Lack of fussiness or fluff
Low, horizontal furnishings with clean lines
Celebration of natural light and unadorned windows
Natural materials such as unpainted wood, metals, leather, and natural fibers
A neutral or “natural” color palette
Reflective surfaces such as steel, chrome, or glass
Natural woods and wood veneers
Modern vs. Contemporary Style
Contemporary style is not born out of a certain era. It changes as time evolves, and can incorporate modern elements. For example, in a few more decades, a new style will be called contemporary because it is what is in style. Contemporary furnishings have more distinctive forms and often can include curved furnishings.
Beginning in the 1990s, contemporary decor followed the minimalist trend and it can include stark contrasting colors with black and white, while modern is based on neutrals rather than being stark and cold. Contemporary pieces may be simply decorative, while modern pieces must have a function.
The battle to define modern style will probably continue, as it is widely debated. But at its root, modern style reflects a certain era. That said, many people incorporate pieces of modern style into their homes and offices because of its simple, functional nature. As many people strive for simplicity in life—and there’s an emphasis on decluttering—perhaps they will be drawn to the modern style because it does seem to simplify everything. That goes along with the design trend of open-concept spaces.
While the term “modern décor” might bring to mind the flying cars and automated homes of the Jetsons, this now classic decorating and architectural style is actually fairly old. It arose out of the German Bauhaus art school in the early decades of the 1900s and reflected the mindset of the modernism movement. Simple, clean, and functional, modern style was a sharp contrast to the Art Deco look so popular at the time. This stylish midcentury modern bedroom is from Chris Nguyen of Analog Dialog.