If you love clean lines, accessory-free space, and neutrals with primary colors, then modern design may be the style for you.  The essence of modern interior design includes basic shapes, functional lines and curves, materials like metal, chrome, and glass – and furnishings without decorative parts.  If you want clean, simple and serene interiors, here are 5 questions to help you determine if modern design is right for you:

1.  What is Modern Interior Design Style?

Modern interiors are sleek, spacious, simple, and focus on function and organization.  No clutter or chaos allowed.  Modern design uses basic geometry (simple edges, curves and angles) and clean lines in furniture, architecture and sculpture.  This style grew from the idea to build for function, to do without traditional decoration, and to embrace industrial materials like chrome, glass and concrete, which new technologies make available.

If you hate to dust around knick-knacks or polish detailed carvings, sleek modern design makes your life easier.  Less is more.  If you enjoy open space, and don’t need to fill it in with furniture and accessories, you will enjoy the openness of modern interiors.

2.  What Makes Modern Furniture Modern?

Modern furniture is streamlined with polished, smooth and sleek surfaces.  Pieces are simple, uncluttered, built for economy of form, and to serve a purpose.  Furniture pieces are kept to a bare minimum.  The driving design concept is honesty: keeping structure and building material in plain view.  Sustainability is gaining importance.   More designers are reclaiming materials for use in modern design, and building from renewable resources.

 

It is recognizable by it’s clean, unadorned interiors. Use of natural materials such as wood, leather, teak and linen are prominent. Molded plywood and plastic is very popular in modern furniture, as well as polished metal. Furniture is very open and raised off the floor allowing for an airy feeling. Walls are often white adding to the expansive feeling. Modern interiors generally have bare floors and if area rugs are used, they are typically wool, and neutral in colour. Hints of colour were used in moderation. We generally refer to modern interiors as retro these days.

 

Modern design is born from a vantage point of trying hard to break from tradition. Traditional spaces tend to be full, both visually and physically. Modern spaces, on the other hand, embrace simplicity in adornment. Modern interiors are clean and fresh, perhaps with a hint or two of color added.

 

Carrying through the desire for an inherent feeling of spaciousness in a contemporary space is the inclusion of an open floor plan. Kitchen merges with dining merges with living. The effect is simultaneously airy and comfortably livable.