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With its slick lines, open spaces and lack of ornament the Modern Style is a mélange of 20th Century design styles. Stemming from the Bauhaus and the International Style, the Modern Style develops its distinctive character by incorporating elements of Art Deco, Cubism, The Abstract, mostly in Paintings, and Pop Art with the successful ability to address the needs of contemporary society post WWII. With the advent of television, pop culture enters into the common home along with the styles, needs and wants of the every day man.

In the Modern interior, plain white walls with no moldings and narrow baseboards are de rigueur.  Window frames should be simple.  Huge picture windows, even walls of glass, are emblematic of this style.  The floor plan should be as open as possible, and the space divided with modular furniture, low cabinets or bookcases or perhaps a partial wall made of glass bricks.  

The most fascinating and fun part of the Modern style are the variety and exuberance of the furnishings. From Le Corbusier's cube armchair to Serridan's egg and swan chairs, the modern period produced an explosion of innovative, imaginative and lovely furniture forms.  Favorite pieces: modular sofas in tubular steel and black leather, Eames chairs, daybeds after Mies van der Rohe, and stacking chairs and tables of any kind.  If a touch of warmth is desired, choose leather upholstery in an earth tone.

Elements of Modern Style

Colors: Walls are treated as background incorporating sparse tones of black, white, brown, gray, beige, and chrome. Bursts of color are used as accent and accessories, primary colors often adding the splash of red, yellow or blue that livens the austere modern interior.

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Walls: Walls are simple, with out moldings or embellishment; painted white or neutral tones. The use of glass as walls becomes an important innovation in Modern Style, largely due to the advent of new material use, like steel, in construction. Glass bricks are installed, often in combination with raw concrete - for that Le Corbusier touch. Contemporary art, such as Abstract Expressionism and Pop art add life and organic interest to the clean angularity of modern design.

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Floors: Natural elements become the mainstay. Wood, stone, brick, and  cork compliment the open, airiness of modern interiors, adding just the right amount of natural organics to compliment the concrete and glass structure. Abstract patterned rugs, such as kilim rugs, help soften the linearity and add character to the modern interior.

Lighting: A contemporary, industrial approach is often appropriate. Track lighting, in combination with recessed ceiling cans or halogen ceiling spots, are utilized to direct light onto specific areas of the interior. For example, spotlighting a painting or centering an open plan room by emphasizing an object with a focused light beam. Smaller lamps will add interest. Items like globe lamps, or tubular lamps, for example. Truly, anything simple and industrial can find a comfortable home in the modern interior.


Windows: Plain white curtains or Venetian blinds allow light to enter the interior without detracting from the open, uncluttered spaces. Or for a daringly modern look, no window coverings at all!

Accents: This is the place for color and organic forms and textures. Modern art, particularly in Mondrian-style primary colors, and geometric, black and white.  Throw pillows can be exiting influences, covered in primary colors or interesting fabric patterns. Curved glass ashtrays, translucent or colored art glass, and mobiles continue the contemporary feel by implying light and airiness. Natural objects and materials like twig arrangements, bamboo, sisal or coir balance industrial design.  Period style can also be used for accessories:  Art Deco style for the thirties; kitsch for the fifties; Pop Art for the sixties.



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