Modern Design Style

Modern vs. Contemporary Interior Design

Modern design is luxurious, put together, and refined. Often confused with Contemporary design, modern design is a different beast unto itself. Contemporary design is an evolving design style categorized by popular trends of the moment. Modern design is explicitly defined as the aesthetic movement characterized by mid-twentieth-century style. Shaped by clean lines, functional decor, open spaces, and geometric interest, Modern design is an artistically tailored design style. 

Modern Design Ideas

Neutral colors are your friends when it comes to designing a modern interior space. Modern design steers clear of bright colors in favor of more muted neutral palettes. If you are looking to play around with color in your home try Mid-century or Maximist designs. A monochromatic color palette works well in this type of design style as well as contrasting earth tones with contrasting darker colors or even metals. 

Zellige 5x5 Glossy Subway Tile in White accent wall featured in modern living room
Zellige 5×5 Glossy Subway Tile in White

Clean lines 

Taking a page from the minimalist design, modern design prefers clean lines and minimal decor. Less is more when it comes to modern design. 

Heritage 7 1/2" Ash Hardwood in Lunenburg accent wall featured in modern bedroom
Heritage 7 1/2″ Ash Hardwood in Lunenburg

Geometric design has become popular in Modern design as it adds dimension to a space while maintaining the minimalist aesthetic. 

modern house entryway featuring Aster Hex 8 5/8 x 9 7/8 Patterned Tile in Nero on the floors
Aster Hex 8 5/8 x 9 7/8 Patterned Tile in Nero
Studio 2.8x5.8 Subway Tile in Volcanico featured in bathroom backsplash
Studio 2.8×5.8 Subway Tile in Volcanico

Windows are usually left unadorned in Modern design but when they are incorporated, they are minimal and subtle. We prefer a more streamlined window treatment look instead of forgoing them all together as they do provide privacy and sun protection. 

Hunter Douglas Luminette® Privacy Sheers featured in modern kitchen
Hunter Douglas Luminette® Privacy Sheers

Form & Function 

Modern Design is primarily characterized by the blending of form and function. When designing a Modern home everything from the foundation to the decor pieces not only has to look aesthetically pleasing but functional as well. Open floor plans are favored in this design style to keep the space feeling large and airy.

Natural 6x36 Porcelain Wood Plank Tile in Noce Chiaro featured in modern minimalist living room
Natural 6×36 Porcelain Wood Plank Tile in Noce Chiaro

Furniture has to have a purpose. This is not the design style where you purchase a flashy shiny vanity because it’s pretty but rather the smart vanity that blends beauty with everyday functionality. 

Monterrey 36" Vanity in Black Coffee featured in a modern Industrial bathroom
Monterrey 36″ Vanity in Black Coffee

Looks can be deceiving! There are so many vanities on the market that look modern and minimal while still featuring plenty of storage.

Nets 44" Wall Mounted Vanity in Natural Oak & Black featured in modern mid-century bathroom
Nets 44″ Wall Mounted Vanity in Natural Oak & Black

Pro Tip: choose lower to the ground furniture for an instant Modern interior look!

Bluff Point Hickory 6.5″ Engineered Hardwood in Ozark

Mix Materials 

Don’t be afraid to play with different materials! Hardwood floors make a great base for a modern design but so do concrete look floors! The fun thing about Modern interior design is that it can be paired up with other styles to create a fun twist. Hardwood floors are a more neutral base that can be tailored to many different types of modern design. 

Bowman 6 1/2″ White Oak Hardwood in Port

Remember the wood look can be replicated with tile, laminate, or vinyl!

PerforMax 7" Vinyl Plank in Beacon Pointe featured in Modern Scandinavian living room
PerforMax 7″ Vinyl Plank in Beacon Pointe

Stone look flooring is great for more rustic and industrial interior designs as they give your space some texture. 

NuSlate 24x24 Porcelain Tile in Silver featured in modern living room with open floor plan
NuSlate 24×24 Porcelain Tile in Silver
Landscape 6x24 Natural Stone Ledger Panel in Iceland Gray accent wall featured in modern living room
Landscape 6×24 Natural Stone Ledger Panel in Iceland Gray

Experimenting with different metal finishes is also a fun way to add some modern design to your space. A metal look tile can add an interesting accent or backsplash to your home. 

Painted Desert 24x48 Polished Porcelain Tile in Blue accent wall
Painted Desert 24×48 Polished Porcelain Tile in Blue

While not as popular carpet is another way to add different textures and materials to modern design. This is a great option for modern bedrooms, blending both style and coziness! 

Modern Framework Berber Carpet in Stonecraft featured in modern bedroom
Modern Framework Berber Carpet in Stonecraft