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Modernism – 7 design tips for a modern home


We love our modern tub chairs; we know that they can make an interior zing. It is the sort of design that lets the world know that you have arrived, you are on-trend, and your home is ready for inspection. Here we want to share some of our other modern interior design ideas. We will be offering you the best tips for your modernist home.

What is modern design?

Before we get started, let’s define what we mean by modern design. You may easily confuse it to contemporary design, which means that which is new and of today. Modern design, on the other hand, signifies a specific time in history. It is a movement of the 19th century that embraced the principle that form follows function. The point was to simplify form and see the beauty in a design that was fuss-free, simple and practical.

#1 Choose modernist art

The easiest way to capture the essence of modernism is to invest in some art. The modernist artist rejected the traditional view of realistic portrayals of settings and instead looked at the use of colours and forms. Art is abstract and cubist – it is also a dramatic statement in your home. It will likely be your focal feature. It will be significant, and without a frame; it will dominate your feature wall and project that uncluttered look that is so essential to modernism.

#2 Neutral walls with primary colours

Berhaus and De Stijl movements in modernism were focused on bold primary colours. Therefore, although the walls and floors will be in neutral tones, you will accent these with rugs, cushions, etc. in reds, yellows, and blues. You aim to rid the room of fussiness, which modernists disliked so much about the Victorian years; instead, bringing some stillness to your home.

Modern living room with sideboard and painting

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#3 Focus on the lines

Rather than crazy patterns and motifs, with modern design, you are looking to create simple, clean lines. You need sharp vertical and horizontals lines in your rooms, either with the architectural details or with your choice of furniture. Columns are often used in modern homes, and many leave the bare concrete on show.

#4 Industrial elements

The bare concrete on show also leads us to tip number 4. Modernist design was a result of advancements in building methods. As such, the builders and designers wanted to celebrate the new materials of iron, steel and concrete elements. Therefore, although rebelling against the clutter of Victorianism, the modernists also wanted to acknowledge the industrial advancements made. You would show this in your finishes – selecting steel lampshades, for instance, or steel-framed furniture.

#5 Open plan and clutter-free

Open-plan design is an essential feature of a modern interior. You want to merge living, dining and kitchen to rid the home of any unnecessary structural features and allow the free flow of air and light. You can, of course, leave the load-bearing concrete or steel structures, to add an extra element of modernist flare.

As well as an open plan, your home must be free of clutter. You need to declutter your tops, shelves, walls and take on a less is more mantra. You will need some smart Scandi-style storage to keep all those trinkets out of sight.

#6 Get rid of the moulding

If you live in a house with period features from another era, let’s say, Georgian, then those mouldings are counter to your hopes for a modernist look. You may want to show some caution before ridding a period home of mouldings and cornices, as they may be what draws future buyers to your home. However, if you want the calmness of the modernist vision, then these features doing nothing but clutter the aesthetic.

Large window in modern home

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#7 Large windows

Open plan, no clutter, neutral colours – all this comes together to enhance the essential element of modernist design – a sense of space and light. You need to add to this airiness with the right choice of windows and window hangings. You need all the light you can get to pour into your home. You also need to be able to open the windows wide, so the outside can flow in and give you the flow of air that is so central to this design. Consequently, if you can remodel, why not take an entire wall and turn it to glass. You will have topped your modernist design with a cherry – you will have embraced the mentality of the modern designer – that it is space that matters.

Edward Sloane

Edward is the managing director of Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs. He is an expert in quality, comfortable upholstered chairs.


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