29 essential design ideas for your modern home

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Modern homes. That's a sentence that really crams a lot into it without disclosing too much information. What constitutes a modern home, after all? Well, we've taken a look at what some of the best interior designers have been creating in terms of contemporary living spaces and we've cottoned onto a few key themes, which we're going to share with you today!

Ingenious use of space—Whether this is making more of dead space (say, under your stairs) or integrating storage where you wouldn't normally expect it, modern homes get the best out of every available inch and do it with a grace that's hard to beat. Smooth doors can hide a wealth of amazing storage behind them!

Colour pops—While neutral colours rule supreme in terms of walls and large furniture items, it's all about those punchy little blasts of vivid colour that make a room come together. The brighter, the better!

Material mixes—Gone are the days when you would pick one material as the main attraction in your home design, as blending a varied palette of textures and composites is what's hot these days. Wood with ceramics and soft textiles make for some of the most interesting, tactile spaces.

Lighting—Keep it bright and fresh for a contemporary feel but also be sure to add in other options for softer ambience. Table lamps and spotlights will be your new best friends in a modern home and don't forget worktop lighting for your kitchen!

So, if you want to see how all of these ideas come together and how you should be using them in your home, let's take a look at 29 fabulously modern homes…

1. Install an indoor garden under your stairs

2. Go to town with a super huge sofa in your living room

4. Add a splash of colour to previously ignored areas

5. A small island will work in any kitchen and look great

6. Maximise the storage potential of your hallways

7. Make your home as multifunctional as possible

 Bedroom by paola bagna
paola bagna

Main space

paola bagna

8. Use furniture to create easy movement through your rooms




9. Don't be afraid to accessorise small areas

Hallway Console Table :  Corridor & hallway by Studio Duggan
Studio Duggan

Hallway Console Table

Studio Duggan

10. Mix materials carefully for a considered and cohesive look

11. Use recessed lighting to make your home seem taller and larger

12. Keep bedroom décor simple and fresh

13. Think about open-planning your hallway

14. Make your hallway an accurate representation of home's style

15. Make more of your art collection by actually hanging it on your walls

16. Choose sleek doors for a contemporary, uncluttered look

17. Don't think you can't embrace a little rustic style in a modern home

18. Have wood flooring and less walls in your living room

19. Hide storage in unexpected places

20. Stone walls are the perfect mix of traditional and modern

21. Get clever with mirrors to create space where there isn't any

22. Make the most of any and all natural light that enters your home

23. Stick to neutral colours as a good base for your décor

 Living room by R-decora - Obras, Reformas y Decoración
R-decora—Obras, Reformas y Decoración

Reforma de vivienda integral. ELEGANT. SALÓN.

R-decora - Obras, Reformas y Decoración

24. Use bold shades as accents and for detailing

 Corridor & hallway by unikat:lab



25. Welcome more plants into your home

26. Consider making more of your loft!

27. If clutter drives you crazy, try a little minimalism

28. Throw away the rule book when it comes to your bathroom

 Bathroom by Hatria

Sistema bagno Sliding Wood System


29. Go all out and consider an indoor tree!

Phew… what brilliant ideas! 

If you're keen to see even more modern home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: A 1912 home is beautifully updated.

Which of these ideas will you put into practice?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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