Establish Your Style Series: Modern

Are you a square? If so, then it’s time to get your cube on with modern style!

Ah modern, it can often be confused with contemporary or industrial, but what makes it stand apart? Modern nods to the Machine Age which includes the late 19th century and early 20th century. Then, machines were all the rage and the coolest, new thing. For all you nerds like me, when computers, the atom bomb and transistors came into being in the late 1940’s, the contemporary era began moving past mechanics as the once high technology. Let us explore what makes spaces modern. 

Tip#1: Structured Order: Repeat-ability and predictability is the source of comfort for modern style. Whether a space is symmetrical or in a grid formation, structured order is what differentiates modern style from any other and is the most imperative element. Color and themes persist not just through a room but throughout an entire house. 

Modern Entry by Houston Architects & Building Designers Allen Bianchi

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Modern Living Room by Redwood City General Contractors Lencioni Construction

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Modern Bedroom by Philadelphia Furniture & Accessories usona

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Tip#2: The Glass Box: I’m in a glass case of emotion…… for modern style. Nothing can overshadow the surrounding view and modern rooms won’t even attempt to, lending themselves to it instead, reflecting the outer landscape. Floor to ceiling windows and doors and vaulted ceilings bring the view into focus. 

Modern Living Room

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Contemporary Bedroom

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Modern Bedroom by Yorkshire And The Humber Furniture & Accessories Natural Bed Company

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Tip#3: Materials In the Raw: Like contemporary style, modern spaces are constructed of all natural materials. Whether it is wood, metal, concrete, glass or plastic, materials are brought to a natural finish with no embellishments. Cabinets are flat and surfaces smooth and streamlined. 

Modern Kitchen by Austin Architects & Building Designers Cornerstone Architects

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Modern Bathroom by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Swatt | Miers Architects

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Modern Bedroom by Austin Architects & Building Designers Cornerstone Architects

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Modern Living Room by Spokane Architects & Building Designers Uptic Studios

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Tip#4: Bringing the Outside In: Modern architecture tends to be structured around the surrounding outdoors. Large, expansive windows that reach the ceiling, glass doors, adjacent outdoor rooms, decks, patios and courtyards; the indoor/outdoor flow is pivotal to modern style. 

Modern Deck by Other Metro Architects & Building Designers Andre laurent

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Modern Living Room by Vancouver Interior Designers & Decorators Claudia Leccacorvi

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Modern Exterior

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Tip#5: 90 Degrees: Geometry is a big part of modernism particularly squares and 90 degree edges. Squares are a repeatable pattern that tends to permeate in modern spaces as they bring both straightforward structure and symmetry without pomp. 

Modern Kitchen by Austin Architects & Building Designers Webber + Studio, Architects

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Modern Kitchen by Other Metro Home Builders R.Z.Owens Constructions

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Modern Bathroom by Seattle Architects & Building Designers chadbourne + doss architects

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Modern Staircase by London Staircases & Railings Elite Metalcraft Co. Ltd

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Tip#6: Expansive Layouts: Modern spaces should feel big and echo-ey. This openness tends to involve the outdoors. Large canvases work in these airy layouts housing modern art, nothing realistic or too distracting as well as large light installations and scaled furniture. 

Modern Living Room by Tucson Architects & Building Designers Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

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Modern Living Room by Spring Architects & Building Designers Charles Todd Helton, Architect

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Modern Living Room by Miami Interior Designers & Decorators DKOR Interiors Inc.- Interior Designers Miami, FL

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Tip#7: Minimalism and Modern Furnishings: Choose your accessories with great care and ensure they are on theme because decorations and ornamentation should be sparse. Hide your things or lose them because minimalism is everything. Furnishings should feel futuristic whether shelves and surfaces are floating and seating or pieces are one of a kind.  

Modern Family Room by Los Angeles Architects & Building Designers Griffin Enright Architects

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Modern Kitchen by Melbourne Architects & Building Designers David Edelman Architects

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Modern Family Room by Vancouver Design-Build Firms Klondike Contracting

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Tip#8: Sleek Shine on a Strict Palette: The modern style palette is even more restrictive than contemporary. Often times, modern style promotes a palette of white and one other color which is why black and white style hits its stride in modern spaces. Surfaces are plain but high gloss and polished, metals are light and brushed or stainless. 

Modern Kitchen by Los Angeles Photographers Michael Kelley Photography

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Modern Kitchen by Aspen Interior Designers & Decorators Anne Grice Interiors

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Modern Bathroom by Los Angeles Architects & Building Designers Marmol Radziner

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Modern Kitchen by Other Metro Kitchen & Bath Designers Mal Corboy Design

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Exterior Style: Hello cubes! Check out some stylin’ exteriors of modernism. 

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Modern Pool by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Dumican Mosey Architects

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Modern Exterior by Other Metro Architects & Building Designers Pozas Arquitectos

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Modern Exterior by Toronto Photographers Peter A. Sellar – Architectural Photographer

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Modern Exterior by Melbourne Architects & Building Designers Wolveridge Architects

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We have covered a lot in the Establish Your Style Series: Traditional, Hollywood Glam, Eclectic, Contemporary,Industrial  and Rustic. Next up will be Coastal.

Stay saucy,

Jenn

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