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Feb 282018

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When designing a home, there comes a time to decide the style of the interior furnishings. Of all the design styles, modern is a popular one. If you’re wondering how you can incorporate more modern elements into your home, keep reading for my top nine ideas for a contemporary space. From the staircase to the flooring, find out all the do’s and don’ts when it comes to making the right design choices.

1. Keep it light & airy!
Sunlight is a powerful force in home design. In older homes, rooms were closed off with four walls and smaller windows. Today’s modern home features light & bright open floor plans. Windows are typically larger nowadays so more sunlight streams in. Even if you can’t re-design the architecture of your home, try keeping curtains open during the day for more sunlight. Personally, I love a bright room so I am always leaving the curtains open so sunlight can brighten my home.

2. Install a modern staircase!
When it comes to staircase design, a lot has changed over the years. Nowadays staircases in residential homes are sleeker and more streamlined than ever. This site features a number of modern staircase designs. Notice the open feel of the staircases and the preponderance of glass, metal, and wood. If you are considering upgrading your home, be sure to pick a contemporary staircase design that complements your style.

3. Incorporate natural elements!
Natural elements can add an interest and texture to an otherwise-boring space. Consider incorporating natural, organic materials into your home design. The prudent combination of natural materials (wood, rock, wool, leather, etc.) can really add a contemporary vibe to any space. I absolutely adore combining natural elements into my home decor. In fact, I never feel like a vignette is complete without some addition of a natural element.

4. Choose furniture with clean lines!
The furniture styles of the past were marked by over-stuffed sofas with huge cushions and elaborate designs on large wooden pieces. Modern furniture is marked by clean rectilinear lines, which results in the home feeling lighter and more casual. The sofas in our home are fairly modern, but I always like to add plenty of cushions in bright colors to add a fun, comfy vibe to the space.

5. Choose floors wisely!
To keep your home feeling modern, be sure to choose the rihgt flooring. Bare floors in hardwood, tile or stone are the foundation of modern flooring. Bonus: they’re the easiest to clean! Sleek, low-pile rugs are also a mainstay in modern homes. These are smart choices for play rooms and kid’s bedrooms, where a soft flooring is preferred.

6. Add metallic elements!
I have always loved a copper element in home design. Adding copper (or any metallic) pieces to a living space is sure to impart a contemporary vibe to the space. I made this Copper Pipe Magazine Rack using only a handful of supplies in one hour. This Copper Pipe Wall Planter was another DIY project that gives my living room a decidedly modern feel.

7. Keep details simple!
When you think about your home’s details, keep them simple and streamlined for a contemporary look. Lighting fixtures should feature a simple design. The lighting fixture in our master bedroom is very modern, but I am interested in upgrading the lighting options in the girls’ bedrooms. They have builder-grade flush-mount lights and I’m totally loving these fun globe-shaped modern designs. Updating their lights is on my to-do list.

8. Conceal the unsightly!
Want to hide that internet modem? Are those cables an eyesore? Today’s design of clean, simple lines requires a smart way of hiding all those unsightly elements of a technologically-modern home. You can hide remote controls in a stylish box on your coffee table. You can tuck the internet modem behind the sofa. One clever solution I have devised to hide the TV cables is to route them behind some decorative molding – get all the details here.

9. Keep the floor plan open!
One fundamental feature of modern floor plans is an open layout. It is not uncommon to see one huge room, in which the living area, kitchen and dining room exist. This open floor plan is a sharp contrast to the closed-room style of yesteryear. Our current home has a middle-of-the-road floor plan. While our kitchen is open to the dining room and kitchen, there are half walls that serve to divide the various spaces. We have been discussing removing those half walls to improve visibility and increase light.

I hope this post has inspired you to make some modern updates to your home. What is your home’s style? Have you ever considered changing the style of your home?

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19 Responses to “9 Design Elements of a Modern Home”

  1. My home is definitely not modern, but I love that look. I think metallic elements are super cool and would love to find a way to work them into my house.

  2. Adding natural elements are essential to any home as far as I am concerned. Different woods, textures and letting the light come in is very important.

  3. I wish I could do a lot of these things, but I sort of need money to do it! At some point we’ll be making changes. We want new flooring and cabinets. Plus paint the walls!

  4. These are all things I desire in my future home. I love the simplicity of modern homes these days with clean lines that make them feel very minimalistic but still sophisticated.

  5. Our biggest need right now is to find a way to hide the cables! I will have to check out the link you provided. Exposed cables are such an eye sore.

  6. I wish I could replace all of my floors with hardwood. I think it would make my house look so much more modern.

  7. Light and airy is the key. I can’t tell you how much our house changed when we remodeled the dark paneling in our family room. Now it is light colored and so inspiring. I love an open floor plan.

  8. Our home is sort of a take on the modern look. It all started with a change of paint and a few needed accessories. We’ve added a few new pieces and put a few of the old ones in the attic for our next style change.

  9. The open look is super hot right now. I love feeling like there is a ton of space.

  10. I wish I could do this to my house. There are so many amazing looks right now.

  11. Awesome reminders as always. I need to really plan a refresh of the house – it is too dated now!

  12. I’ve been working on redecorating my living room and keeping it updated. These tips are perfect! It’s nice to keep your home modern and up to date when it comes to the design.

  13. My home is far from modern. I tend to like the cozy aspects of our ranch style home with over sized comfy furniture without clean lines. 🙂

  14. We are in the process of redoing our home and I am going to keep all of this in mind. I love each of the things you listed!

  15. Very good pointers for people updating their homes. I’d love to change things up in my living room and bed room and I’m definitely taking note of these.

  16. We are working towards a more modern home. It helps now that our kids are grown and have moved on. These are great examples.

  17. Keeping your house well light and having an open concept layout are musts for having a “modern” house. I can’t wait until I start shopping around for my first home.

  18. I love having an open floor plan. Ours really isn’t an open plan, but it had everything else we wanted in an area we wanted. I do love all the light I can get when the blinds are all open.

  19. Fabulous look, and I love it.

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