Streamlined design, a tight color pallet, and minimalist accessories — these are some of the guiding principles of Modern décor. Also referred to as Mid-Century Modern, this decorating style that became popular during the 1920s to 1950s heavily influences the Contemporary design trends of 2016. (For an explanation of “Modern” versus “Contemporary” interior design, check out this article.)
Also referred to as retro, Modern design is enjoying a comeback, so you may want to learn more about its main points so you can incorporate them into your next remodel or new build.
Sleek Lines, Airy Atmosphere
The “bare bones” feel of Modern design certainly includes minimalist décor, but it also relies heavily on the furnishings. Seating is comprised from molded plywood, plastic, and polished metal, more often than upholstered and heavy wood pieces. Even sofas have crisp lines and simple, wood legs.
In many ways, Mid-Century Modern is the polar opposite of Old Worlde Design; whereas Olde World aims to feel warm and inviting, Modern interior design evokes an expansive, airy atmosphere that many find relaxing and rejuvenating. Healing, even. With a backdrop of white, the open atmosphere allows the clean, white energy to permeate the space.
Whether you buy into the tenants of Feng Shui, we can all appreciate the benefits of a clutter-free space in general, as well as the calming effect of the crisp, streamlined silhouettes that make up Modern design.
Simple Color Schemes, Striking Patterns
In addition to the white background, the careful and minimal use of bold colors is a hallmark of Modern décor. While white is most common, other neutral colors such as pale gray can be used to achieve the overall effect. Color choices can be bold, primary colors or retro shades like golden yellows, burnt oranges, and various browns. Geometric patterns are key, but they can be juxtaposed with simple floral designs for visual interest.
Too many patterns or colors or too much color, in general, will disrupt the neutral, open atmosphere, so care must be taken in the selection and positioning of pops of color, spaced throughout the room. As discussed in this Feng Shui color guide, sometimes you may want to focus on a single color, but use various shades of that hue to maximize its impact.
Contrasting Textures, Natural Elements
Again, in contrast to Olde World Design, Modern design principles incorporate plastics and metals to create interesting silhouettes. As part of that intention, wall-to-wall carpet is uncommon. Instead, hardwood flooring is often offset with area rugs or shag carpet remnants, for a retro twist.
Rehmeyer Wood Floors offers beautiful Prestige Collection Ash or White Oak flooring that can help you carry over the light, airy atmosphere, while offering a subtle natural pattern for added visual interest. For an almost all-white room, Prestige Collection Purple Heart or Legacy Collection Walnut can provide a striking contrast along with the warmth of natural wood.
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