One of the most popular home styles that is always in vogue is the modern home style or mid-century modern style, thanks to its elegant simplicity and functionality.
When adopting this home design, whether it’s for a major home renovation, a new build, or a basic home update, it’s essential to remember that flow and minimalism reign supreme.
The key elements to focus on include:
- Clean lines
- Monochromatic colour schemes
- Organic incorporation and connection to nature.
By making use of materials and textures such as timber, reinforced concrete, steel and glass, it’s easy to see why the modern home style is a true reflection of its era.
Modern vs contemporary
The term ‘modern’ is often misused in the design world and can be confused with the concept of ‘contemporary’ design.
Whilst contemporary means anything happening right now, it’s not attached to any era. Whereas modern home style or mid-century modern evolved from the mid-20th Century period and was inspired in the 1950s, by the move into industrialisation in the post-World War II era.
With a flood in the development of mid-century modern homes in America and Europe, the style also found fame in Australia, tying into the beautiful natural elements of the Australian landscape.
Design tips to consider with modern home style
There are several core aesthetics to keep in mind when renovating or building a new home if you want to achieve the perfect modern home style.
One of the most eye-catching and significant elements of the modern style home is the composition of clean lines.
From furniture to architectural elements, this design style favours straight, simple lines that create a clear directional flow and emphasise functionality.
The main tip to achieve this style in your own home is to start by decluttering and choosing furniture and décor with simple, geometric shapes. Each piece should serve a purpose and contribute to the overall harmony of the space. Another trick is when choosing architectural elements such as doors and mouldings, to opt for straight and simple designs that accentuate the clean lines of the room.
Natural shades and colour
The modern home style is comprised of muted tones, natural shades and monochromatic colour palettes complementing the mix of organic and handcrafted materials as well as contrasting textures and minimal décor.
To incorporate this aesthetic and style into your home, consider base colours that are warm and calming, such as beige or grey. Then, bring a feeling of warmth and texture in by opting for timber floors, windows or doors.
Consider adding pops of colour with accessories such as cushions and artwork. Or for a bolder look, you can consider a contrasting colour scheme of black and white.
The use of organic materials is a prominent feature of the modern home style, with a focus on unpainted woods, metals, natural fibres and leather. Additionally, the incorporation of glass with floor-to-ceiling windows is also a significant element of this style. This allows for bringing the outdoors inside and seamlessly integrating greenery and natural elements into the home’s interior design.
To achieve this in your own home, think about adding wooden furniture pieces, timber doors with large glass panels, exposed metal finishes and natural fibre rugs or throw pillows. Incorporating plants or greenery is also a great way to create a more natural and organic feel.
Key elements you can use to achieve this style
Of course, major interior design elements around your home will set the perfect backdrop for other accessories that reflect the modern style. Here at Hume, we offer a range of products that complement the modern home style. Here are our favourites:
Entrance doors – Our Savoy 1200, Verve, Linear and Savoy 820 Entrance Door ranges are designed to achieve a clean modern look that complements the minimalist aesthetic of modern homes. These doors feature straight, vertical and horizontal designs that create clean lines and visual interest.
Each of these door ranges can be customised with a range of timber veneer options to bring the warmth and texture of natural timber to your home.
Alternatively, you can select pre-primed door faces and paint your door to suit any colour palette. The incorporation of glass in these doors adds a touch of sophistication and elegance, while also letting natural light into the home.
Internal doors – When it comes to internal doors, we offer a variety of styles that aligns with the modern home style aesthetic. Our Sorrento, Accent and Strata styles feature clean, linear patterns that create a sense of flow and movement in your home.
Each of these styles comes in a range of patterns, with the Strata also offering woodgrain textures, to suit your personal style and blend seamlessly into your home.
Internal door systems – One thing to remember is that functionality is just as important as style in modern design. Our door systems are designed to provide practical solutions for your home, whether you’re building from scratch or renovating.
With our Smartrobe System, you can make the most of your space while keeping your belongings organised. Our Cavity units are perfect for saving space and offer effortless operation, with the option to include self-closing technology.
Timber mouldings (skirting and architrave) – In modern design, skirting boards and architraves play a vital role in ensuring that there is connection and flow in your home. These simple yet essential features, which in a modern home style are usually minimal in detail with sharp lines, provide the perfect finishing touch to your home’s overall design aesthetic. It also ensures a seamless flow from room to room.
With our wide range of timber mouldings and styles you’ll be able to find the perfect fit for your home.
Fibre cement – Finally, our PRIMA Fibre Cement products are versatile and durable building materials that can be used in a variety of ways to add a modern touch to your home.
For external walls, PRIMAbase can be used as cladding to create a sleek and modern façade. This material can be easily render coated with colour or texture to achieve a beautiful modern look with clean lines.
Internally, our PRIMAflex can be used as an alternative to plasterboard and provides the perfect base for decorative wall panelling. For stable and secure underlay for tiling, use PRIMACTU.
With its high resistance to moisture, fire and termites, PRIMA Fibre Cement products are a smart and long-lasting choice for any modern home.
For more information on how to achieve the modern home style, download our product catalogue or browse our website to find more products and tips.
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